Call for True Stories

Change and Closure

Seasons, people, minds, places, time, climate. What do all of these things have in common? Change. Change might be good, bad, somewhere in between or merely just change. At this month’s Stories at the Storey, we want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “change.”

For a change to our usual one-theme format, we have two themes for July. They say time heals all wounds. When things end, we often find ourselves searching for reasons, waiting for apologies, unable to move on, move past it, move. It seems we need closure to move from one phase to another.

We want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “closure.”

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, July 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.

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: Ghost Stories Under the Tree

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.

Share your stories of haunting, memory, the past and the present at Lancaster University Library’s Once Upon a Time, True Stories Under the Tree event.

If you’re a writer, reader, lover of words, student, member of staff, the community, or just passing through and you have an engaging, entertaining, interesting, funny, heartwarming, sad (or anything in between) true story, we’d love to hear it. The theme is “ghost stories” (loosely interpreted).

You’ll have 3-5 minutes to share your haunting story.
Date: Oct. 4
Time: 8-9 PM
Location: Lancaster University Library under the tree

For more information or to sign up for a 3-5 minute true story slot, email Yvonne at
y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
There will be light refreshments. What ghost story would be complete without cocoa and cookies?
Sponsored by Lancaster University Library

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians and Performers

Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event. Whether you’re writing poetry, prose, or lyrics, we want to hear it. This is your invitation to come out and share your work with an enthusiastic audience.

Theme: Open
Who: Writers and performers of all skill levels (emerging, experienced, published, etc…)
Date: July 7
Time: 21:30-22:30
Place: The Storey, Auditorium
For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event

If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Edition–Call for true stories

Lancaster Stories

Do you have a true story about Lancaster?

If you have visited, worked in (past/current) or lived in or near (past/current) Lancaster and have a true story to tell, why not share it May 6 at the Lancaster University Community Day special edition If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Open-Mic?

What kind of stories can you share?

True, well-told stories about things you have done, people you’ve met, things you’ve seen, objects (or people) you’ve left behind, things you’ve learned or forgotten. True stories about escapes, encounters, close calls and memories. Stories about loss and found love, first dates, first days of work (and last). Tales of tours, visits and explorations. You name it—you tell it.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 3-4 PM
Location: Lancaster University, LICA Building

For more information or to schedule your 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email Yvonne at ybattlefelton@gmail.com

Stories at the Storey: Fear

Have a listen to our first recorded Stories at the Storey event where storytellers share their 3-5 minute true stories loosely interpreting the theme “fear.”

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories

It defines, nourishes, fulfills and reminds us: Food. It’s so much more than just what’s for dinner.

Whether you’re a foodie, a habitual dieter, a picky eater or someone who watches what you eat (or takes pictures of it), food connects and sometimes divides us all. What’s your food story?

Stories at The Storey is a true story open-mic night and we are looking for writers, readers, performers, students, community members, staff, visitors and anyone with a true story to share about food (loosely interpreted).

Join us as we share stories about the ways we indulge, devour, prepare and crave food.

If you have an engaging story that loosely explores the theme “food” we would love to hear it or come along and listen to true stories shared by real people.

Email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for more information or for a 3-5 minute slot.

Event brought to you by Yvonne and Naomi; sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Event

Event details
Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 7 PM-8 PM Open Mic
Location: The Storey (First floor)
Dress: Casual
Stories at The Storey: Real people; Real Stories.
Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: Free

October 27, 2016: Stories at the Storey Call for Storytellers

All roads lead to…where? Whether you’re on the right path or the wrong one, are exactly where you want to be or on a detour, life is full of journeys. Stories at the Storey wants to hear yours. The theme for this month’s Stories at the Storey is Journey.

Do you have an engaging 3-5 minute true story to share? If so, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it at this month’s true story open mic night. To sign up for a storytelling slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

What kind of stories are we looking for? At Stories at the Storey we like true stories told well. Stories that make us laugh, cry, think, wonder, imagine…it’s up to you. We are a warm, supportive crowd and the evening is a lot of fun. Stories at the Storey is a great place to get to know people, make new friends and be a part of the community. Stories at the Storey is open to the public (18 and over).

Date: October 27, 2016

Time: 7-8 PM

Location: The Storey, Lancaster

Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is an award-winning community arts event and a BBC Get Creative Event.

Light refreshments will be served.