This month we have two themes for the show. You can choose whichever one you want to tell a story on. 

Best Laid Plans 
Breaking the Rules 

You can interpret the themes any way you want. If you want to tell a story about breaking the rules it doesn’t have to be an official rule. It could be a story of ignoring a bunch of red flags that you promised yourself you wouldn’t ignore again. Best laid plans could be about how you thought you were going to grow up to be a doctor and ended up making a living selling black market beanie babies. Most stories can relate to any theme if you frame it right. So think back to a moment in your life when you broke a rule or something in your life went sideways and see if you build a story around it.

Remember to practice your story out loud on as many people as possible and time yourself when you’re doing it. All stories have to be under 8 minutes. Stories can be as short as you want but not over 8 minutes. Stories also have to be clean in both language and content. Send me an email at if you have any questions about that.

The rest of the rules and guidelines are below: 

Workshops are a great way to get feedback on a story you’re working on. Here’s one I highly recommend. It’s run by two people who have told many times at FGS and other shows in the area: 

I’m also happy to help anyone on their story over the phone. Send me an email and we can set up a phone call. 

See you on March 16th at 7 pm at the Chabad of Queene Anne – Magnolia


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