Dinner party charmers and camp fire captivators, pull up a chair (or a log) and set your storytelling gears in motion! Next week Etsy is joining forces with The Moth to present an evening of true stories told live, without notes, around the theme of “crafty.” We invite you to tell your tales of handmade triumphs and DIY disasters. From the woodshop to the stitch-and-bitch circle, wielding a welding torch or felting needles, making zines or brief jerky, surely you have a story to share from your handmade life.
The Moth was founded in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green, who “wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales.”
The Moth has since grown from a gathering in George’s living room to jam-packed StorySlams in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit. It’s a forum for people of all stripes to convene and tell their stories. Even if you don’t call one of those cities home, you can MothUp and start your own local event. The Moth is also at the helm of all sorts of community and radio programming, including the Moth Podcast (one of my personal favorites), curated stories at the Moth Mainstage, and community outreach storytelling workshops.
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The Moth low-down:
When: Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stories start at 7:30 p.m. $8 at the door. Bundle up and get there early, as lines to get in can be epic!
- When the doors open, sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. â€¨When the show begins, we’ll pick the first name and each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges will confer and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes the StorySlam winner. The winner will compete with the year’s other winners in the next GrandSlam Championship.
- If you’re raring to participate, please, please read these tips from The Moth. We want you to be a storytelling superstar, and these little secrets will pave the way.
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And, as they say when signing off from the weekly Moth podcast, we hope you have a story-worthy week!
Whether you can make it to the Moth StorySlam or not, I invite you to tell your best handmade story in the comments below.