Important Message from Howl Story Slam organizers: due to COVID-19, all Howl events will be postponed until it is safe to get you all together again to tell and hear local stories. Stay tuned for updates in scheduling, and in the meantime–stay home, stay safe, and stock up your stories.

About

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.

You might be at home, but you are not alone.

What remains during these tense times is ACW’s commitment to building spaces for healing together. Through weekly writing prompts and posted responses, new online classes, and the online display of PoemVillage, ACW is continuing to bring together community members like you during isolation and uncertainty.

Keeping ACW strong in these tense times now rests on the shoulders of faithful supporters like you. So, you are invited to give a gift of any amount. The recommended gift is just $5 a month. All gifts are significant in keeping ACW alive and well, so when this is all over ACW will be ready to re-launch the important programming you count on.

2020 Schedule & Theme

Theme: “Fish out of Water”

Theme: “School Days”

Howl GRAND 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.