So You Want to Tell A Story at Strangerville Live

That’s great news. We can’t wait to hear it. It’s going to be great. How do we know it’s going to be great? Because we’re going to work with you, and help you in every way we can, to ensure it’s great. And we’re going to give you some rules.

Avoid stories about religion and politics

Your religious beliefs and your politics have no doubt shaped who you are and are an important part of your life story. But we want Strangerville Live to serve as an escape from divisiveness, and in our experience, stories about religion and politics tend to make at least a few audience members feel alienated.

Keep it PG

We’re a family friendly show. Keep the swears to Bible swears and try not to say anything you wouldn’t say in front of your mom. Chances are, your mom will be at the show.

Shoot for 15 minutes

Or less. While we believe your story will be awesome and entertaining and worthy of a nobel prize, we have four stories every show, and we need to make sure we don’t go long.

Find the story arc

Your story needs to be a story with a beginning, and end, character development, conflict, and a climax. Jokes are great. We love jokes. But your jokes need to be part of a complete story. Anecdotes are wonderful. But they need to be worked into a full story. You get it.

We’re going to workshop your story with you

We don’t think we’re better than you. We’ve just told A LOT of stories in front of live audiences. We’ve had some bomb, and we’ve had some kill. So we have a pretty good idea of what works in a spoken story and what doesn’t. So we’re here to help. We expect a first draft of your story 4 weeks before your show so we can get our feedback to you while you still have plenty of time for revisions. If you’re nervous and want to practice telling your stories in front of other people, we’re totally down with being an audience for you.

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