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“Culture Shock” Story Slammin’ into the Marriott

Posted March 27, 2013, at 7:39 p.m.
Concerts Offered at the 32nd annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference include a Fri Story Slam competition and a Sat Olio Performance by a collection of New England's finest Storytelling Performers for grown ups.
Concerts Offered at the 32nd annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference include a Fri Story Slam competition and a Sat Olio Performance by a collection of New England's finest Storytelling Performers for grown ups.

Friday Night Story Slam • “Culture Shock” April 5th, 2013 starting at 8:30pm

Have you ever felt like something was lost in translation? Have you ever felt like a fish out of water?…What’s your story? Tell “your” 5 minute cultural faux pas at the Friday night Sharing the Fire Story Slam!

Story enthusiasts from around the Region will be in invited to join in the competition  or just sit back and listen. There will be a lottery pull from a hat for anyone interested who has a “Culture Shock” story they wish to share. Each participant will have up to five minutes to tell their story. Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of words by known and undiscovered talent.

Each of the 5 minute stories is judged on how well it is told, how well it is constructed and how well the story explores ,connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme and, how well it honors the time limit. The 2 highest-scoring tellers are awarded prizes, this year the coveted “the Osgood “ or golden mic will be awarded to the top teller along with an audience choice. (a person that is judged only by the audience on prepared forms) 5 minutes means…5 minutes. You loose points if you use the entire 30 second grace period to wind up.

“Culture Shock” is open the to general public for $5.00 and is part of the 32 Sharing The Fire Storytelling Conference. Participants of the Conference will attend free!

About our co hosts

Willey Phinedit

Vernon Cox is the Maine humorist Willey Phinedit (Will E Find-it) a Tall Taleoligist and UnRegistered Maine Guide. His tales are filled with the Down East humor traditions of old, blending folk with original tales of fantasy as dry as your morning toast and as fresh as your next cup of coffee! http://www.youtube.com/mainestoryteller

Carloyn Stearns

Connecticut Storyteller Carolyn Stearns has particpated in and won Story Slams through out New England. She has produced Campus Slammer Inter-Collegiate story slams in Ct. and co-produced the LANES Story Slam 2012 in Albany NY. Carolyn is also an announcer for Equine events and fairs.

A note about our judges

We have five judges from Maine with names you may recognize: Linda Bean whose grandfather founded L.L. Bean and is also the owner of several of Maine’s finest restaurants, Gray Cox is a professor in political philosophy and peace studies at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and chair of its International Studies Committee, Destiny Cook was a competitor for Mrs. Maine, America in 2012 and is currently serving on the Gorham Food Pantry Board of Directors these three are among a distinguished panel of judges.

The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (L.A.N.E.S.) www.lanes.org

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