When I was a kid there were two things I wanted to escape from, my family and Alaska. I broke free from my family at 17 but it wasn’t until I was 19 that I managed to escape Alaska and go to LA, chasing the ghost of my mother. In one way I was escaping the place I grew up, but in another way I was escaping the shy, timid kid everyone thought I was and trying to become the person I thought I might be.I told this story at FGS a few years ago so I won’t take up your time repeating here. What I’d love to hear now are stories from you about a time when you broke free. 

Come tell a story about a time when you escaped from something. It could have been a place, a relationship, a state of mind. Maybe you escaped from a burning building or an overturned car. Or maybe what you escaped from was your past. Remember, we’re not here to badmouth people or places in our lives. This is a chance to focus on what you became, where you ended up, and what you learned along the way.

Come tell a story about a time you broke free. 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 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 is one I highly recommend. It’s run by two people who have told many times at FGS and other shows in the area:  https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Ground-Stories-Storytelling-Workshop/

I’m also happy to help anyone with a story they’re working on. Send me an email and we can set up a phone call.

Unfortunately, we’re not able to keep the doors open past 7 pm so if you come after that you probably won’t be able to get in.

See you on Thursday, May 18 at the Chabad of Queen Anne – Magnolia! 1825 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Remember, no non-kosher food in the building)


Freshgroundstories at gmail dot com