The Moth StorySLAM
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

open mic storytelling competition


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January 04 7:30 pm

Moth StorySLAM photo by Emily SevinThe Moth StorySLAM, according to theLondon Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

What is the Moth StorySLAM exactly? It’s an open-mic storytelling competition. You’re invited to watch and listen – and if you put your name in the hat, you might be selected to compete!
How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:
First, consult for the season line up of themes and prepare a 5 minute, true story, to be told without notes.

6:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
7:30pm (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be forewarned: The Moth is for true stories. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves are part of our "true stories" but fabricated people, places or events are not allowed.

The Moth is not a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks—one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please: The Moth loves funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny stories. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.


VOYAGE: Prepare a five-minute story about travel. Speak of adventures in a different time zone (or at least a different zip code!) Tell us about *language barriers and the hunger, fear, lust or delight that compelled you to make the leap *exchange rates,exotic flavors, culture shock *phrase book essentials: "Thanks SO MUCH, but huge bummer, I'm allergic to lizard meat." *missing the comforts of home and reveling in the comforts of there *when in Rome...realizing it wasn't built in a day. From xenophiles to xenophobes, hear stories of fresh perspectives. New Jersey to Nepal, anywhere but home. "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine


DO OVER: Prepare a five-minute story about second chances. Wiping the slate clean, calling a time-out, burning a first draft, forgetting actively. Whether just wishful thinking or concrete opportunity, channel the eternal sunshine of a spotless mind and tell us about your DO-OVER. 


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photo by Emily Sevin

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