Storytellers Throw Down In Harrisburg

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Cupcakes, heartbreak, and giant rats — among others — were topics during my first taste of the Harrisburg Story Slam.

Well, my first taste of any story slam, to be honest.

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Although I wasn’t sure what to expect, the creativity and exceptional stories drew me in.

Currently, Harrisburg has two events where local storytellers can “throw down.” There’s Harrisburg Story Slam and Untitled Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Story Slam

Harrisburg Story Slam meets once a month at The Hill Society at the Hilton Harrisburg with an evening of engaging and entertaining storytelling from locals.

Many come prepared with a story centering around the theme of the night. Themes are typically timely depending on the time of the year.

I filled in for the boss lady as a judge last month, and the theme was “Lessons Learned,” referencing the start of the school year.

One storyteller — the eventual winner — shared his story about working at a school for the “behaviorally challenged.” He talked about needing to be so literal with a student that he had to explain step-by-step how to sit in his chair.

His lesson was to that in order to get results from others, we need to be as clear as possible. The story was funny and creative but also on topic.

Story Slam is open to the public, and anyone can enter to tell their story for the night. All you need to do is give your name to registration when you pick up your tickets. If there are more than 12 sign-ups, names will be drawn from a hat to determine who gets to tell their story that night.

The next Harrisburg Story Slam is Wednesday, Oct. 5, and the theme is “Scared Stupid.” Anything from a near-death experience to ghost stories is welcomed.

In November, the eight previous winners will gather for the Grand Slam on Thursday, Nov. 8 to compete for the title of the best storyteller in Harrisburg.

Untitled Harrisburg

Untitled HBG story slam

Untitled Harrisburg is the original Harrisburg story slam event. The group meets at ZerØday Brewing Co. quarterly on the second Thursday of the first month of the quarter.

The stories are a combination of pre-selected featured storytellers and eager participants who sign up at the door.

Each night starts with a game or raffle before the story battle-royale commences at 7:30 p.m.

Untitled’s next event is Thursday, Oct. 12 with the theme “Unthinkable.”

What story would you tell?

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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