Networking and Storytelling Event at Inn at Morro Bay
Friday, September 28, 2018
6:30 - 9:30pm
Tickets are $50 and include all-you-can-eat and drink*
“And that’s when the hard part started…”
What to do...
Stories are told, not read. We love how the storyteller connects with the audience when there is no PAGE between them! Please know your story “by heart” but not by rote memorization. No notes, paper or cheat sheets allowed on stage.
Have some stakes
Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What do you stand to gain or lose? Why is what happens in the story important to you? If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story. A story without stakes is an essay and is best experienced on the page, not the stage.
Start in the action
Have a great first line that sets up the stakes and grabs attention: “The mountain loomed before me. I had my hunting knife, some trail mix and snow boots. I had to make it to the little cabin and start a fire before sundown or freeze to death for sure.”
Know your story well enough so you can have fun!
Watching you panic to think of the next memorized line is harrowing for the audience. Make an outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you are at a dinner party, not a deposition.
...and what not to do...
Steer clear of meandering endings
They kill a story! Your last line should be clear in your head before you start. Yes, bring the audience along with you as you contemplate what transpires in your story, but remember, you are driving the story, and must know the final destination. Keep your hands on the wheel!
No standup routines please
Take up this anger issue with your therapist, or skip therapy and shape your anger into a story with some sort of resolution. (Stories = therapy!)
Your eloquent musings are beautiful and look pretty on the page but unless you can make them gripping and set up stakes, they won’t work on stage.
About that (fake) accent
If your story doesn't work in your own voice, or that of your people of origin, please consider another story. In our experience, imitating accents from another culture or race rarely works and often offends.
Storytellers have 3-5 minutes on stage. Sign up is at the event and first come, first tell.
Clam Chowder with Seafood Display
Mediterranean – Red Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Sweet Onion, Red Tomato
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Ceviche with house made Tortilla Chips
*Wine, beer, coffee, and iced tea are all included. There is a no-host bar for cocktails.