Story Slam at ETSU scheduled

Published 8:25 am Monday, October 13, 2014

Whenever one thinks of October, some of the images that might come to mind are jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, ghost stories told around a campfire, and bare trees silhouetted against the full moon. Things that can trigger chills … and goosebumps.
“Goosebumps,” then, is the theme of the October event in East Tennessee State University’s fall 2014 “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” series.
The Story Slam will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. at Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main St. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.
Storytellers in the audience may share true (or mostly true) tales based on their interpretations of the “Goosebumps” theme. Stories should be no longer than 10 minutes.
Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and seven names will be drawn at random. Judges selected from the audience will pick the winning stories of the night. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize.
For individuals with a story to share but either were not drawn in the first group or are shy of competition, a two- to three-story “Open Mic” session will be held immediately following the Story Slam.
“Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” is sponsored by the Storytelling Program and Division of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Communication and Performance and TaleTellers of ETSU.
The last Story Slam of the fall semester will be Nov. 21, with the theme of “Jive Turkeys.”
For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Sobol, Storytelling Program coordinator, at 439-7863 or

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