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Truth Be Told: An Evening of Storytelling in the Village

Truth Be Told is a biannual storytelling fundraiser presented by the Multnomah Arts Center Association and coordinated through MAC’s Literary Arts program with generous support from neighborhood businesses.

If you are looking for information about the event on May 2015.
A new call for storytellers will appear in fall 2015 on this site and in the MAC catalog.

Want To Tell Your Story on Stage?

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?

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.

Watch Holly Robison tell a story about family and flying ants from
the May 2014 edition of Truth Be Told: