“Twilight” is the theme for December in East Tennessee State University’s “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” series.
This free public Story Slam will be held Friday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Acoustic Coffeehouse’s “Next Door,” located at 415 W. Walnut St. Donations at the door are welcome.
The Story Slam is a live storytelling competition similar to events organized by New York literary society The Moth. It is meant to foster real-life tellers of true stories, and the format guarantees spontaneity, excitement, risk and laughter.
Storytellers in the audience may share true tales based on their interpretations of the “Twilight” theme. Such interpretations could include tales of sparkly vampires, darkness and light, or the dwindling year; reflections on what has been or visions of what may be ahead; or creepy stories venturing into “Twilight Zone” territory. Stories should be 10 minutes or less in length and should be told and not read from a manuscript.
Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and names will be drawn at random to compete. Judges selected from the audience will pick the winners, and the first-place winner will receive a cash prize from donations collected at the door. Individuals whose names are not drawn to compete will have an opportunity to share their stories during an “open mic” session following the competition.
The December Story Slam will feature emcee Brandon Bragg, an alumnus of the ETSU Storytelling program and an accomplished performer and storyteller.
“Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” is sponsored by the ETSU Department of Communication and Performance and its Storytelling Program. Dates for story slams during the spring 2018 semester are Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20.
This event is not suitable for children.