Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in the Village
Want To Tell Your Story on Stage?
Leave a story on our voicemail line at (503) 765-7146 by Friday, April 10 at 5pm. Please clearly state your name, phone number, and email address before you begin telling your story. You can leave up to two three-minute voicemails—don’t worry about getting through the whole story but do give us a sense of a beginning, middle, and end.
Everyone who calls in to our voicemail will be contacted once the curators choose the evening’s tellers. Storytellers will be asked to commit to a coaching session and to memorize their stories before the performance.
Stories should relate to the theme for this evening: Travel. What stories matter from the places that you have been? Give us evocative details about a trip that has changed your life, or a trip that made you rethink everything. And you don’t need to take us international, a trip can be a walk out the front door.
The Evening’s Curators
Glory. Exposure. Fame. Fresh insight into the self. A captive audience. Applause.
- Practice! Know the details that matter most in your story and the details that don’t. Practice using a timer so that you can end your sentence before our voicemail cuts you off at three minutes.
- Have a beginning, middle, and end. Know what they are and know how much time you have left in order to get to each.
- Tell the story from your point of view—not your mother’s or your cat’s. We want to hear your story, the one that you know best.
- Use sensual details.
- Be excited. Enthusiasm is contagious.
- Have a great opening. Have us at “Hello” or whatever your first words are.
- Connect with the audience—you’re here to tell a story, not to read it.
Tips for Storytelling
For more tips, check out the ones offered by the judges for the Moth.