Thank you all for another wonderful night of stories. It was a great way to say farewell to Roy Street and hello to our new home on Olive Way. Ben The New Manager is so happy to have us that he showed up Thursday and helped me set up the room so he could get an idea of what we’ll need at his place. That is the mark of someone who understands what we’re doing and genuinely wants to support us. Thank you, Ben!

Gabe Spitzer of NPR’s Sound Effect (88.5 FM) was also in the audience that night. He’s always on the lookout for new stories to air so don’t be surprised if some of the folks you saw onstage that night end up on the radio. I love that we have a way to get some of our stories out to a bigger audience. We have some fantastic writers and tellers at FGS who absolutely belong on the radio.

I let the show go long on this night because we had so many first-timers and I wanted to make sure they all got a chance to tell. If the show keeps growing I might have to update my rule of always getting first-timers onstage. Ninety-minutes is the perfect length for our show so I’ll have to start bumping first-timers as well as regulars if we keep filling up Mr. Coffee with names. It’s very important to practice your story out loud at home and make sure it’s under 8 minutes. We had a lot of tellers go long last week so I can’t stress this enough.

Remember, if you get bumped at FGS there are other great shows where you can tell stories:
Auntmama’s Storytable https://www.maryannemoorman.com/upcoming-live-events (this Thursday!)
North Seattle Stories https://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-Storytelling-Meetup/
The Moth https://themoth.org/events
Something To Tell (Tacoma) https://www.meetup.com/Something-To-Tell/Complete list of Seattle story events https://www.facebook.com/groups/198209904060632/Seattle Storytellers Guild http://seattlestorytellers.org/ssg/home.html

General resources for learning to tell stories:
Excellent newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/104f63f44a5a/you-should-be-able-to-answer-this-question-before-ever-telling-your-story?e=a4dd06ea14

Best book I’ve read on storytelling:
https://www.amazon.com/Storyworthy-Engage-Persuade-through-Storytelling/dp/1608685489/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=313I6K7X1V7TX&keywords=matthew+dicks+storyworthy&qid=1553563089&s=gateway&sprefix=mathew+dicks+%2Caps%2C680&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

I’m also happy to support anyone who wants to start their own storytelling meetup/show. One of our new tellers is thinking of starting a show for longer stories. If you’d like to help her out send me your email and I’ll put you in touch.

I don’t want this email to go on too long but I do want to share a couple of stories from last Thursday that really touched me. Both were from first-timers. Brandon told a sweet story about finally getting into a play in elementary school and then realizing the costume he had to wear would reveal his cancer scars. I could hear the entire audience react when he revealed that onstage. It was a soft, vulnerable moment that is everything I look for in a story. Even more amazing was that it was only the second time Brandon had ever been onstage. Thank you for that story, Brandon. I look forward to hearing more from you.

The other first-timer I want to tell you about is Matt. His story of discovering art as a young man and how it led him to being open to discoveries later in life about himself was fantastic. I hope he gives me permission to post it on our website. His last line brought a sigh and then a roar of applause from the audience. We found out later that he worked on that story at our monthly workshop and that made me twice as happy. There’s a craft to storytelling and each one of us has a great opportunity to learn that craft at the free workshop Dave and Chad hold every month at the Fremont library. Matt, thank you for putting in the work to make that such a great story. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future. I hope to see you at our new home.

Here’s the link to that workshop: https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Ground-Stories-Storytelling-Workshop/

Our next show is, Thursday, April 18. The theme is “Oddballs – Stories of not fitting in.”

We did a similar theme back in 2015 and I think it’s time to do it again. I’ll get the official invite out in a few days so look for that in your inbox.

Here’s the link to our new location:
https://www.starbucks.com/store-locator/store/12319/e-olive-way-1600-e-olive-wy-seattle-wa-981025613-us

Thanks again to everyone who told a story that night and to all the people who supported them from the audience.

See you on the 18th!

Paul
freshgroundstories@gmail.com