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Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in the Village

We’re looking for great storytellers who know how to hook an audience with their voice and tell us a story they’ll remember. Stories should be true and told from the heart. Judges will select about a half-dozen individuals to get on stage on Friday, May 8. Do you have something to say?

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.

The Theme

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

Rick Huddle ​
Barbara Fankhauser
Judith Pulman

The Rewards

Glory. Exposure. Fame. Fresh insight into the self. A captive audience. Applause.

    Tips for Storytelling

  • 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.

For more tips, check out the ones offered by the judges for the Moth.