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Story Slam, a live storytelling event that was a smash hit when it debuted in February, returns to the Yellow Springs Arts Council this Saturday, May 14, from 7–9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Here, Dayton-area writer Jude Walsh Whelley warms up for her winning story. It was the first story she had ever told to an audience. (Submitted photo)

Jude Walsh Whelley was the winner of February's Story Slam. The storytelling competition returns tonight to the YSAC. (Submitted photo)

True story … Story Slam is happening tonight

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Attention, story lovers: Story Slam is back! It’s happening tonight, May 14, from 7–9 p.m., at the Yellow Springs Arts Council gallery on Corry Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight’s theme is “life’s sudden twists and turns.” Storytellers will be given 10 minutes to tell a true story on the theme. Audience members will listen, then rate the story 1 to 5. (No one will be “slammed”; past participants have said the audience is warm and friendly.) The winner will be announced at the end of the night. You do not need to be a professional storyteller to take part. At the debut of Story Slam in February, the evening’s winner, Jude Walsh Whelley of Dayton, was telling a story to an audience for the first time.

Story Slam is a Moth-style storytelling competition in which participants tell true stories to a live audience. The event is part of YSAC’s monthly Arts Alive! series. All story enthusiasts, tellers and listeners, are invited to attend. If you wish to tell a story, simply show up and throw your name in the hat; the order of drawing determines the line-up. Suggested donation to attend is $5–10.

See the current (May 12) issue of the News for a preview article on the event.


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