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Moth Story Slam

  • Ann Arbor Distilling Company 220 Felch Street Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 United States (map)

Theme: MAKING PEACE. Craft a five-minute story about Making Peace: The laying down of arms, the olive branch, the surrender to the greater good or the fierce battle for an even playing ground. Stories of all manner of amity welcome: peace with a nation, a neighbor or a notion. Loving your enemies is a tall order, but how about you just make nice? 

Limited tickets will be available at the door ($10 cash $12 cc). Get in line early (doors open at 6:30) to get in and see some stories! 

Event takes place at Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch St. in Ann Arbor. Parking is available on the streets adjacent to the venue, or in the parking structure 2 blocks away at N. Ashley and Ann Streets. 

Doors open at 6:30 PM! Arrive early to get a seat.
The Rundown:
6:30: Sign up to tell a five-minute story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. 
7:30 (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Champions.

Be Forewarned... The Moth is for TRUE STORIES. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves ARE part of our "true stories" but that one about you, Obama, Ghandi and Einstein up in a spaceship eating brownies... not so much.

The Moth is NOT a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks -- one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story Tips + No standup routines please: The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES. + Steer clear of meandering endings: your last line should be clear in your head. + Start in the action and set up the stakes.