Stories at the Storey: Call for True Stories

 Secrets: Just About the Only Thing You Can Take to the Grave

Trick or Treat! What better way to celebrate Halloween than a night of true or false stories with good friends and a few secrets shared between us?

Join us for a night of true and false stories as we share stories loosely exploring the theme “secrets.”

To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email storiesatstorey@gmail.com, or message/tweet/morse code us.

When: Thursday, October 31 7-8PM

Where: Printroom Café and Bar, The Storey, Lancaster

Whether you have a story to share or just want to listen, there’s always room for one more. As always, if you’d like feedback on your story before you share it, get in touch. We’re happy to provide brief feedback. We’re also happy to share tips on reading your work in front of an audience.

If you have a piece you would like someone to read for you, let us know. One of us is usually available to read. There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you want to read or prefer to listen.

To order  your free ticket, please go to Eventbrite. Stories start at 7. Join us for drinks/chat from 6:30.

If you’re coming by yourself and are worried about coming alone, please feel free to let us know.  You can join us for a drink or a chat before or after the event.  

Storytelling Under the Moon: Lancaster Words and Lancaster Priory Workshop & Storytelling

I love the fall weather almost as much as I love stories and storytelling. I’m proud to be hosting a storytelling event in collaboration with Lancaster Words and The Priory.

The event includes a workshop, writing time, and a storytelling event.

During the one-hour workshop (5-6 PM), we’ll be writing about setting and characters inspired by our time in the Priory. Then, armed with some techniques, prompts, and inspiration, you’ll write for an hour (6-7). You may even choose to write underneath the Moon (exhibit). From 7-8 we’ll share our stories at the open mic/storytelling event. You can share the story you write for the event or bring along one to share. You can also choose to participate in the open mic without attending the workshop (or attend the workshop without reading at the open mic). I’m hoping that like me, you’ll do both.

I’m happy to review the piece you’re considering reading and to give you some of my tips of reading work in front of audiences.

All are welcome to listen to the stories whether they participate in the workshop so feel free to bring a guest, tell your friends, and come along.

Tickets are £3. Please order tickets via https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/sessions?eid=8337&ses=25288

Please note: if you attend the workshop and the storytelling event, you will only need to purchase the ticket for the workshop. 

Introducing the Stories at the Storey Podcast

We did it! We’ve been super excited about launching a podcast. We put out a call and it was answered! In this launch episode, you’ll hear stories about love and loss, opportunities, regrets, family, and more.

We hope the stories touch you the same way they touch us.

We will put out a call for our next episode. In the meantime, if you’re in or near Lancaster, and would like to come to the live event, check out our “events” section for our next true story open mic night at the Storey.

This episode features stories by Clare, Phil, Hannah, Ignacia, Eamonn, Ann, and Yvonne.

If you like the stories, please let us know.

Thanks!

Stories at the Storey, building community one story at a time.

Call for True Stories: Power

It flows through the veins, captures the mind, and captures the imagination; from the boardroom to the bedroom and everywhere (it seems) in between, power consumes, divides, devours, and captivates. Stories at the Storey invites you to share your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “power” in whatever way you define it.

We’re looking for stories that explore, interpret, test, define, and use the theme “power” whatever that means to you. The theme is open to your interpretation.

Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.

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, May 30, 7-8 PM

Where: Printroom Café, Lancaster

Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Readers are not asked to or expected to pay. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories on the theme “Ghosts”

Just in time for Trick or Treat, this month’s Stories at the Storey theme is “ghosts” (loosely explored).

Ghosts. They haunt us, appearing when we least expect it, often when we most need it. Slipping through time and space, they take residence in our minds, our memories, and the walls, returning, like the past, with warnings, news, memories and stories.
Ghosts are everywhere and so are their stories. This month Stories at the Storey’s theme is “ghosts” (loosely interpreted). We’re looking for ghost stories about events, relationships, people, and anything else that haunts you.
Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic 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, October 25, 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café, Lancaster

Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Readers are not asked to or expected to pay. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

North West Literary Arts August Edition

This month’s edition of North West Literary Arts features brief insights into last month’s Stories at the Storey and reflections on our first Lancaster Pub Hub. We also reveal August’s theme and issue a call for volunteers.

Finally, we share our top tips for reading at Stories at the Storey.

I’m going to be exploring other options for the newsletter to make it more accessible. I know quite a few organizations use Mailchimp. I’ve tried it a few times but I can’t get it to work for me.

I’m considering audio. Until then, you can read it here: North West Literary Arts Newsletter August 2018

If you have ideas about an engaging newsletter format (that’s intuitive to use) let me know.

Thanks,
Yvonne at North West Literary Arts


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!