Community Art Show Reception & Story Slam | Friday, June 14, 2013

Come out to support your community artists! The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center will host an Opening Reception for the Community Art Show on Friday, June 14th, beginning at 5:30 PM. Everyone who attends may enter into a drawing for a free ticket to Friday evening of the Sierra Storytelling Festival. Wine, beer, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale.

And following the reception at 8:00 PM, we will have the Spring Story Slam. It’s your chance to regale the crowd and compete in the art of storytelling for a prize, by telling your own true story in accord with our Slam Theme. It’s a contest of words by talent both known and undiscovered, and anyone over age 18 can tell.


You as a slammer will enter the competition by dropping your name in a hat. Ten names will be drawn. You’ll have five minutes to tell the tale. Time your tale well. Points are lost if you lapse past the five minutes or go far into the one-minute grace period in wrapping up the story.

There will be a small team of judges made up of audience members. Judges will make decisions based on these criteria: how well the story is told; how well the story is structured; how well the story explores, connects with, and/or reveals some truth about the theme; and how well the time limit is honored.

True stories are the medium here; poetry is discouraged unless it fits the criteria and tells a story. Folktales, myths or fables are discouraged unless, again, they are worked into the teller’s true story and fit the criteria. Copyright laws apply: Don’t use someone else’s work. Audience and judges expect real life adventures.

Props, including notes‚ are not to be used.

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