21st- 05 - 2020. 8-9pm
The Chaos of Lockdown
Lockdown has obviously had a detrimental effect on all planned live events in the actual world of entertainment. Therefore all of the Words Out events planned for the spring have been cancelled.
However, storytelling has gone on line and, with the help of Zoom, it is still possible to meet and hear each others tales.
I will be hosting online Words Out events for true storytelling through Zoom and you will need to email me for the details. Alternatively you can visit the Words Out Story Slam page on Facebook. The rules are pretty much the same as if we were attending a live event down the pub. You sign up to tell a tale if you want, and I will pull your name out of the hat, or, you can just write an anonymous short story (one paragraph) and I will read it out on your behalf.
You can find regular updates on topics etc through the Story Slam Facebook page.
My aim is to broadcast on Zoom from 8-9pm on Wednesday evenings.
How it works
Words Out Story Slams are exciting Open Mic events happening in and around Falmouth, Cornwall, where you the audience get the opportunity to stand up and tell a true five minute story from your own life based on the theme of the night. The stories are told from memory from the tellers perspective and without the use of props or written notes.
Look out for the announcement of the theme and if you have a five minute true story around that topic that you would like to share with us, make sure you put your name in the hat at the front of the room when you first arrive. If your name is pulled out then you get to tell us your story. It can be anything as long as it is from your personal experience. It happened to you.
Also, there will be a second hat into which you can submit an anonymous short story that the host will read out on your behalf. Of course, you can just come and enjoy listening to other people tell true stories from their lives.
This is not a competition but if we like your story a lot, we may get you to com back and tell it at a Grand Slam in the future.
(Probably just be an hour for the Lockdown Sessions)
There are a few simple rules which are more about guidance than restriction but as we want to hear as many stories as possible they do need to be here.
Also, we do want to protect our audience against cruelty and abuse so we do want some rules to be actual rules!
Stories have to be true and be told in 5 minutes.
Your story can be funny, sad, poignant, what ever you want, it just needs to be true.
You must tell your story from memory, without the aid of notes, written words or props.
This is a storytelling event and not poetry or stand up. Neither is it a soap box so please, no rants. You must tell us a story with a start middle and end where we can follow a narrative.
We want to hear a story where you are the main protagonist and we want to hear it from your perspective.
This is about the art of storytelling. You know the story because you lived it so tell it how it was. Tell it to us like we’re all friends sitting round table in the pub.
The story must not be racist, sexist or homophobic in any way.
In the interest of making the story slam a safer and more comfortable place, we give our storytellers the opportunity of announcing content warnings before their stories. These are read out before each story, giving people the chance to leave if they feel the need.