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Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in the Village

MAC is hosting Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in Multnomah Village, on Friday, November 21st at 7:30 pm. The theme threading through our stories that night is “Family.” Feel free to interpret the word “Family” in any way you would like.

The Details

We’re looking for great storytellers who know how to hook an audience in with their voice and tell us a story they’ll remember. Stories should be true and told from the heart, not the page. For this event judges will select about six individuals to get on stage and wax poetic. Do you have something to say?

Between six to eight storytellers will be invited onto the Multnomah Arts Center’s stage to tell stories around the theme of “family.” It doesn’t matter if they read from a sheet of paper, have their story and gestures memorized, or reference notes—we are looking for folks with a moving story who know how to hook an audience.

Each storyteller will have nine minutes to tell a true story on stage. These stories may range from the humorous to the sad to the extraordinary—the common denominator is that they all have to be true.

Want To Tell Your Story on Stage?

Leave a story on our voicemail line at (503) 765-7146 by Friday, October 17th 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. Feel free to leave less than six minutes of material: the curators are looking most of all for people who can sell a story and hook us.

In addition to leaving a voicemail, you may send a pdf or Word document version of your story (up to three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt font). This is not required but might be helpful.

The Theme

The theme for Truth Be Told is “Family.”

Need it? Have it? Don’t have it? Know how to build one? Have you destroyed a Family? Know something we don’t about Family? Tell us about it. The word doesn’t have to be overt or stated aloud in the story, but the curators would appreciate seeing the link between the theme and your story.

The Rewards

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


Any technical or other questions, contact Judith at Judith.pulman@portlandoregon.gov.

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–

Good luck! And see you in the audience on November 21st if not onstage.
Any questions? Email Judith.pulman@portlandoregon.gov

Looking forward to hearing your stories and seeing you there!