This week the first event I’ve ever put together happened
not counting the dual racing slip ‘n slide birthday party of five year olds. It was the Field’s End‘s Island Story Slam.
(Graphic design by the awesome Christine Driggers.)
I had this idea while driving around
whining to myself wishing I could go see a story slam like the ones I listen to on the Moth podcasts. But I live on an island and am lazy and cheap.
So, I said to myself, Self! You know writers, you know actors
and other hammy types who enjoy the sound of their own voice, you even know the guy at the Treehouse! Let’s just do one here on Bainbridge Island! Then I called Alfalfa and Delilah and the gang.
Actually, I contacted Field’s End, a local writers’ organization I volunteer for, and enlisted that most excellent of modern event promoters–Facebook.
Then I worried. I worried no one would come. I worried everyone would come, except for all storytellers. I worried the judges wouldn’t come. I worried the host wouldn’t come. I worried everyone would come and then be bored or hate it or leave saying, well, that was interesting… I worried I’d look like a babbling idiot on stage introducing the whole show
which I pretty much did, see?.
But know what? Everyone came. Plus a hundred more. Standing room only. And they had fun.
The host, Bhama Roget, was funny, charming and so very supportive of all the amateur storytellers. The stories spanned a wide diversity of experiences and entertained and enlightened the crowd. Thank goodness, since we organizers had no idea what anyone would say!
We had an all-star judges panel of Dinah Manoff, Lynn Brunelle and Steve Stolee who scored everyone on story structure, performance and story relation to the night’s theme, Away From Home.Third place winner Bridget Young modeling her prize, a Field’s End tote bag. First place winner Steve Brady sharing his family connections to China.
So, thank you everyone!! Now, I can breathe.
And I may have learned a lesson about follow-through on my ideas.
Like, do that. And so should you.
The Universe likes it when you do.
All photos used with permission by Michael Cyger, Bainbridge Island Magazine.