Virtual Howl Story Slam LIVE

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm

Theme: “March Madness”

This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.

Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split. The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories. Check out their websites to see their current offerings.

Tips for Storytellers

If you’ve signed up to be a storyteller, please be prepared to tell a true, 5-minute story on the theme “March Madness” using no notes. Just like the in-person events, we’ll give a signal when you’ve gone overtime and another one if you’ve gone too far over time.

Practice, practice, practice, and prepare for the complexities of telling tales over screen like no big applauses or instantaneous audience reactions. Make sure you have a good internet connection and that you are in a well-lit space so the audience can see you. And lastly, have fun! We’re all looking forward to hearing your stories and spending time together. 


The The Howl Story Slam is brought to you by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Center for Writing, a partnership brought about by a love and support of all stories and storytellers in the Adirondack North Country.

Howl Story Slam

Visit The Howl Story Slam for videos and photos of our storytellers and for an up-to-date schedule.

How does it work? Storytellers (you, your friends, and anyone else with a story to tell) put their names in a hat. Names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage and tell us their best story in five minutes. We choose a few judges from the audience who score every story to select The Howl Story Slam winners of the night. The first place winner will get an automatic invitation to the Grand Slam at the end of the year. 

What else? All stories have to be true and come from personal experience. No notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? Heck no! Just tell it from the heart!

Storyteller Tips

  • True stories, told without notes. This includes scribbles on the back of your hands, our judges have great eyesight.
  • Your audience is brilliant and easily distracted, jump right into the action of your story.
  • Practice your story as much as possible, on the toilet, during your morning commute, in line for coffee. By the time you arrive at the The Howl Story Slam, you’ll be cool as a cucumber.
  • Leave the rants and stand-up routines at home. Bits and pieces of each are welcome, but use humor and rants sparingly!
  • Show up and put your name in the hat. When your name is called, you’ve got five minutes to tell your tale!
  • Storytellers will be judged on the stories relevance to the night’s theme, a story with a conflict and resolution, and staying in the time limit.