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The Brown County Radio Hour presents their own Story Slam event series, in collaboration with the Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission and Brown County Inn. The series will take place on the 2nd Thursday of April, May, and June, at the Corn Crib Lounge at Brown County Inn.
Brown County has a rich history of story telling, and we want to promote and encourage the craft of storytelling, as well as celebrate the diversity of our community.
In the spirit of traditional story slam events, each story must be true as the teller remembers it, told about themselves (no hearsay), told without notes in front of our audience, and be 5 minutes or less in length. Full rules are posted below.
Our topics are (hopefully) subject to broad interpretation! Be creative! Our first topic “Fish out of water” could be interpreted many ways: Fishing tales, running out of water, being new at something and unsure, or what ever you can at least loosely relate – we encourage your creativity in fitting your story to the topic.
How It Works
Storytellers will check in when they arrive at The Corn Crib. We only have space for 10 storytellers, and we encourage you to use our signup form on this page to help us know who is coming.
We will choose a time keeper and 2 judges from the audience. Our MC will pick the order of the storytellers and keep the evening moving along. The event will be scored, with the winner being announced at the end of the event.
The event will be recorded and presented as a Podcast on Brown County Radio Hour.
The WINNER of the event will have their story featured on an episode of Brown County Hour on WFHB!
What we do is in keeping with the rules The MOTH use for their story events. (This is NOT a MOTH event, but we’re following their lead)
- 5 minute time limit.
- No notes.
- No props.
- Stay on-theme to the topic for the event.
- YOUR story to tell, as you experienced it, NOT a story about someone else.
Thursday May 9th
Topic: The “Morel” of the story
Thursday June 13th
Topic: The Liar’s Bench
Brown County Inn
Corn Crib Lounge
51 St. Rd. 46 E.
Nashville, IN 47448
- Your story must be true.
- Your story must be on-theme. We encourage creativity, but your story must relate somehow.
- Your story should have “Stakes”.
A story needs action, and the action must have consequences. What is gained or lost? What is urgent? What is the conflict? What is the goal and what is in your way? How did this experience shape you now?
- YOUR story to tell.
Were you there? Are you a main character? Your involvement in the events as they unfold is essential. NO JOURNALISM.
- Stories are ON TIME! 5 minutes. 🙂
We want you to hook us in. Make us care about you as you paint the scene. Clearly state your fears, desires, dilemma. Make us invested in your outcome. Introduce the conflict, make us worry, impress us with your observations. Rope us in to the moment when it all goes down!
How did you come out at the end? Triumphant? Defeated? Befuddled? Enlightened? Changed? Tell us….
- DON’T do stand-up comedy routines, Repeat stories, Stereotypes, Rants, Essays, How-to’s, Confessions, Lectures, Fiction, Anything Gratuitous.
- DON’T do a caricature of “explain” a culture that is not your own (no fake accents or telling about customs of a community you don’t belong to)
- DON’T make fun of another person’s identity (class, gender, race, orientation, body type, etc). Don’t make fun of anyone or make someone else the punchline. This is YOUR story and struggles.
- DON’T use another’s identity as a prop or plot point. If you use another persons characteristics (race, orientation, etc) bes ure is it intrinsic to the story.
- NEVER use racial slurs or hate speech.