Category Archives: Stories at the Storey

Stories at the Storey is a monthly true story open mic night. Where 3-5 storytellers share engaging stories loosely interpreting the evening’s theme. All stories must be true. Stories at the Storey, real people real stories.

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories of Betrayal

Things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes people, experiences, cars, opportunities, and gravity let us down or seem to turn against us. This month’s Stories at the Storey theme is betrayal (loosely interpreted).

We’re looking for true stories about betrayals of the heart, the mind, the body, and anything in between. Sometimes we are betrayed, sometimes we betray other people, other times, we betray ourselves. Whatever the circumstances, however you define “betrayal” we’d love to hear your true story.

Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) message, tweet us to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) slot.

Not sure you’re ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We can help you get your story ready.

When: Thursday, July 26, 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café & Bar, The Storey, Lancaster
Sponsored by Lancaster University Graduate College, Stories at The Storey is a pay what you decide event. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

April’s Stories at the Storey: True or False in Pictures

This month saw the routine of the popular true or false night. Writers shared pieces through poetry and stories; through fiction, creative nonfiction, and blends of both.

As always, we were touched by the pieces shared and the trust placed in us. We welcomed new writers to the stage as well as a piece shared anonymously, as well as many of our regular readers. We welcome writers, readers, storytellers, friends, visitors, anyone with a story to share at any writing and/or performing level.

It was a warm environment and another great night of true and false stories. Hope to see you there next month when we return to true stories. We’ll be announcing the theme over the next few days. If you’d like to share your story, let us know. Need help developing it? Let us know that too. We are always happy to help.

Mari Taha shared the following pictures with us.

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories: Firsts

Kisses, jobs, loves, speeding tickets; they say you never forget your first.This month’s Stories at The Storey theme is “firsts” (loosely interpreted). Want to share your true story loosely exploring the theme “firsts”? Email, message, tweet us to sign up for your 5-minute slot. Not sure you’re ready to read your true story? Well, they say “there’s a first time for everything”.

Get in touch, we can help you get your story ready.
When: Thursday, March 29. 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café & Bar, Lancaster

Want to share your 3-5 minute (2-4 pages A4) true story?
Email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com to sign up for an open-mic slot.

Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

Call for True Stories: January Stories at The Storey

It can warm, guide, and move us; propel, protect, reveal: This month’s theme is “light” (loosely interpreted). Join us as we share true stories of light: walking with or in it, the pursuit of, the search for, the loss of, and everything in between.

We are looking for writers, storytellers, friends, strangers, and anyone with a true story on the theme of light (loosely interpreted). Do you have a 3-5 minute (2-4 pages A4) true story? Message us here or email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com to sign up for an open-mic slot.

Please note this month features the opportunity to have your true story recorded by and broadcast on Beyond Radio. As always, this is optional. If you would like to read and have your story recorded, please let us know. If you would like to read and would not like your story recorded, please let us know that as well.

The choice is yours.

Either way, we’d love to hear your true story.

When is it? The next Stories at the Storey is Thursday, January 25.

Where is it? Stories at the Storey is at Print Room Cafe in The Storey.

What are we looking for? Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night. The stories we are looking for are creative nonfiction, lifewriting, well-crafted true stories.

What is Creative Nonfiction? Creative nonfiction draws on storytelling techniques to create stories that engage readers. Create a scene for us; describe the setting, landscape (emotional, geographical, otherwise), bring your characters to life. For an example of Creative Nonfiction, read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood or Creative Nonfiction magazine.

Tips:
The most engaging stories are practiced. Whether you memorize your story, read it from a screen, or read it from a notebook, practice reading your story out loud.

Remember you have 3-5 minutes; that’s about 2-4 sheets of A4. Your story will be concise. It doesn’t have to connect all of the dots for us.

Engage us, invite us in to your world.

Relax: we want to hear your story as much as you want to share it.

So sign up for your slot and get writing!

Stories at the Storey Uploaded

As much as I love writing true stories each month, I enjoy hearing them. To get the stories rolling for our podcast, I recorded my story from October’s Stories at the Storey. In the piece I explored what might have happened if I hadn’t moved my family to the UK. It’s a short piece about choices, saying yes, and defining roles.

Introducing Back Story, Stories at the Storey

We are launching Back Story, a podcast where writers share insights into their writing practice. Each month we will record a writer reading their true story loosely exploring the month’s theme. The reading will be followed by a conversation led by Naomi and Yvonne where we chat about the writer’s interpretation, the inspiration for the story, and other writing pursuits.

The recordings give us a chance to share some of the amazing stories writers share with us each month. So wherever you are in the world, sit back and listen. When you’re finished, feel free to write a piece interpreting the month’s theme and email it to us.

Now for Naomi Kruger’s Backstory, an interview where she explores her interpretation of September’s School Memories theme.

Call for True Stories: December’s Virtual Stories at the Storey

We’re ringing in the New Year with a virtual Stories at the Storey!

This month’s theme is “journey” loosely explored. We’re looking for stories that explore how you got from where (or who) you were to where (or who) you are. These stories can explore physical, mental, emotional, geographical or any other mode.

Share your 3-5 minute true story via email, comment here, message us on Twitter, comment on Facebook, tag us on Instagram. Stories can take any form: share it in words, pictures, sounds, song. Your story can be audio, video, a short film.

Wherever you are or where you’re going, we’d like to read, hear, or watch your story.

We’ll be posting pictures and texts about our own journeys.

Happy Holidays!

Call for True Stories: Stories at the Storey

What’s your story?

We have slots available for this month’s Stories at the Storey. This month Stories at the Storey is on August 31, in the Print Room at The Storey from 7-8 pm.

We’re celebrating the launch of our arts organization, our Patreon, and our growing family of supporters. This month’s theme is family (loosely interpreted). We’re looking for true stories about your family, no matter how you define it. Stories about expectations, bonds, traits, lessons, let downs, or anything and everything in between; want to hear your story.

To sign up or for more information message Stories at The Storey or email storiesatthestorey@gmail.com
To order your free ticket for the event, visit Eventbrite

Welcome Back North West Literary Salon Patreon Campaign Launch (coming soon)

It’s been nearly a year since our last North West Literary Salon and we sure do miss it. That’s why we are happy to announce that we’re back; well, sort of.

Since our last Salon, Naomi and I have been writing, teaching and plotting a comeback. We have been researching funding and opportunities to strengthen not just the salon but Stories at the Storey and The Writing Life. We want to continue providing engaging, affordable events.

With Naomi’s support, I am launching a literary arts organization, North West Literary Arts, to combine all of our projects and to continue creating and producing live literature projects that bring stories to life.

So, we’re launching a Patreon campaign to make things happen.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is a funding platform where supporters can fund the creative content they enjoy. We create monthly events and want to offer more features, our campaign is for monthly support.

What sort of projects will money from Patreon support?
Money from supporters can help us produce the following projects:
Stories at the Storey: Add creative writing workshops for new and emerging writers, creative writing workshops for refugee writers, commission and publication of an audio book.
North West Literary Salon: Funding to pay authors, musicians, catering, and commission new writing to publish an anthology.
The Writing Life: Interviews, editing, website maintenance, and podcast creation.

What are we offering our supporters?
Community is at the heart of what we do and it isn’t confined by geographical coordinates. To expand our community we have created rewards like access to interviews, exclusive access to salon podcasts, feedback on new writing, and more.
We are hoping everyone can get involved and help us continue to bring great literary projects to life.

When does our Patreon campaign launch?
Our Patreon will launch in seven days online and in person on August 31 at Stories at the Storey.

How can you support North West Literary Arts?
Please support our Patreon Campaign by giving us what you can. Every pound (or dollar) helps. You can also support us by sharing our campaign, coming to our events, and supporting literary events around the globe.

We appreciate your support.

Call for Submissions: May Stories at the Storey

No matter how you live, one thing is certain: one day it will come to an end. Hope, money, destruction: What will you leave behind?

As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours, to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?

For true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices and anything (and everything) in between, this month’s theme is legacy.

Do you have a 3-5 minute true story to share on the theme “legacy” (loosely interpreted)? If so, we would love to hear it. Sign up for your 3-5 minute slot for May’s Stories at the Storey: May 25, 7-8 PM at The Storey in Lancaster.

You can’t take it with you, why not talk about it now?