Stories and pics from our May 8 Grand Slam

A huge thank you to everyone who braved the relentless drizzle and cold this weekend and brought sleeping bags and blankets and chairs and food and good cheers to listen to an amazing group of storytellers at our first BackYard Slam of the season. What a night! Also a big congratulations to Deb Parker who took the Grand Slam prize with a fabulous and hilarious story about growing up with a sexually adventurous mom. We will be back in Tivoli next month on June 12. The theme of the night is “Slippery Slope.” Come drop your name in the hat to tell your story! In the meantime you can listen to the stories from the Grand Slam here and check out all the Backyard Summer Slam dates & themes here.

On The Fly Grand Slam ’21

Can you guys feel it? It’s about to happen… Soon spring will be here, and we will all be able to get outside and feel the breeze on our faces and watch things grow. AND, we will be able to resume our backyard On The Fly Story Slams. We’ve missed you all since our last backyard slam in the fall, and because of COVID we had to cancel our end of the year Grand Slam where the winners from our monthly slams compete for the grand slam title. We promised you that instead we’d host the grand slam in the spring when we could be outside again, and here it is! May 8 @ 5pm in beautiful Tivoli NY with an amazing line-up up some of our favorite storytellers. You’ll have to RSVP as we’re still limiting participation due to the pandemic, and we’ll send you the location address once you do. Click here to save your spot. We can’t wait!

Online Storytelling Workshop starting April 11

4 Sundays, 4/11-5/2 1-4pm Fee: $130
Contact: continuinged@rhcsd.org • (845) 758-2241 ext. 71351. Red Hook Continuing Education, 9 Mill Road, Red Hook, NY 12571

What are the stories that shape and define your life? How do you uncover them, tell them, perform them and share them with others? This workshop teaches storytelling as a path to both personal and community development.

Join us for a 4-week storytelling workshop through the Red Hook Continuing Ed program. Learn to discover, craft and perform your personal stories through exploration of storytelling and performance techniques in an intimate and supportive group setting. Taught via Zoom.

Click here to learn more and sign up

Next Six-week Storytelling Workshop beginning in January

Is this for you?

Have you ever attended a story slam or listened to the Moth Radio Hour? Do you have a story you’d like to perform or just work on? Do you miss coming to On The Fly Story Slam at HiLo Catskill and want to stay connected to other storytellers until we are able to gather in public places again? Have you always wanted to explore storytelling, but never had the time? We’d love to have you!

Over the course of six weeks, this online workshop will introduce you to the principles of storytelling and teach you how to craft and tell your stories. At the end of the workshop, you will perform your story at On The Fly – a story slam where storytellers bring real-life stories to the stage every month.

Click here to learn more or to sign up.

Final Backyard Slam of 2020

This will be our final Backyard Edition story slam of 2020. Join us on October 17 at 4pm for stories around the fire pit. Like the last two backyard slams, we will keep participation limited in order to ensure everyone’s health, so if you want to tell a story or just listen in, get in touch. We’ll disclose the location once you do. The theme will be FIRST DATES.

Online Storytelling Workshop Starting October 18

Have you ever attended a story slam or listened to the Moth Radio Hour? Do you have a story you’d like to perform or just work on? Do you miss coming to On The Fly Story Slam at HiLo Catskill and want to stay connected to other storytellers until we are able to gather in public places again? Have you always wanted to explore storytelling, but never had the time? We’d love to have you!

In this workshop you will:

  • Be introduced to principles and strategies of live storytelling
  • Learn to turn your life experiences into a compelling story
  • Receive individual feedback and support on your story
  • Work with other storytellers to practice and improve your story
  • Perform a final 5-minute story

Click here to learn more and sign up.

Listen to Stories from September’s Backyard Story Slam

It was another beautiful evening on Saturday with amazing stories and a socially spaced audience. We’re storing up the togetherness for the winter to come, but hope we can squeeze in another backyard slam around the fire pit next month. Info to come (but we’re thinking ‘first date’ stories, what could be spookier!). You can listen to a few of the stories from this past weekend below. The theme of the night was Reckoning.

Kevin
Paul
Christina
Gregor
Debra