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.  

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.

North West Literary Arts September Edition

We did it!

This month we launched our newsletter through Mailchimp. The newsletter includes this month’s Stories at the Storey theme, reflections on last month’s theme, and questions for you about our proposed anthology.

To celebrate four years of stories, we want to create an anthology that we’re proud of. We want to share some of the best stories we’ve heard with people who aren’t able to attend Stories at the Storey. I’m leaning towards an audio book. The term doesn’t quite capture the magic I want to convey; the intimacy of a well-told story with an engaging narrator: a conversation. What do you think?

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, please sign up via the contact form or email us at northwestliteraryarts@gmail.com.

Happy September!

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.

North West Literary Arts June Newsletter: Tips, Highlights, and Theme Reveal

In June’s edition of the North West Literary Arts Newsletter, we are sharing highlights and insights from May’s events and revealing June’s theme for Stories at the Storey.

I’ve also included a call for your tips, advice, insights, best practice, and stories that we can share on hosting events, applying for funding, and more. We would like to create a network (join our Facebook Group Create if you haven’t already done so) where we can share information and resources. We need to support one another.

North West Literary Arts June Newsletter

North West Literary Arts May News

In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking about last month’s Stories at the Storey, upcoming events (you’re all invited), and breaking through writers’ block. Here is this month’s newsletter: North West Literary Arts Newsletter May 2018

Dates to remember:

May 29th: we are hosting an evening with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. If you’d like to join us at our free literary salon in London, please order a free ticket via Eventbrite.

May 31: Funding Your Creativity, the Arts Council will be joining us to discuss funding your creative practice/project. The panel will include discussion of grants as well as ticketing, crowd funding, and collaborations. We have creatives joining us from a number of practices and disciplines. If you’re near Lancaster, order your free ticket via Eventbrite and contact us to make a one-to-one appointment with the Arts Councils Alison Boyle. During the one-to-one you’ll be able to talk about projects, applications, etc…

Thanks and Happy May!

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.

North West Literary Arts Newsletter

In this month’s edition of North West Literary Arts news letter, we share insights into February’s theme for Stories at the Storey. We also discuss upcoming projects and opportunities to collaborate and share our call for an unpaid board member to join us. These are exciting times and we want to grow our team, our services, and our expertise.

We are also calling on you to get involved by telling us what sort of projects you would like us to create, deliver, collaborate on, or lead.

Read this month’s issue here: North West Literary Arts February Newsletter

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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!