Our August 28th Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum!"

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To commemorate the end of summer, our August 28th Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum!" Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What stories do we want for "Beach Bum?"

We hope to hear stories about road trips to the "shore," memories of family vacations to the beach, or failed attempts to get to the sea. Perhaps you spent a summer scooping ice cream or serving dinner at a famous crab house, maybe your first fling was under the boardwalk or you had nightmares after getting hit by the tram car. Perhaps you have found a remote spit of sand that has become your personal space, or once had an altercation on a crowded holiday beach. Your beach story might be about the Jersey shore, the Maryland or Delaware beaches, or someplace more exotic such as Maui, Grand Cayman, or the Gold Coast. Certain shore towns instill fierce family memories - some good and some horrible - what's yours?

We hope to see you tanned and relaxed from your summer vacation when you come out for our "Beach Bum" Story Slam on August 28th at Tellus360. We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive early for dinner and/or drinks. Grab your tickets HERE.

Chris McDougall Wins the "Fast Lane" Story Slam!

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Chris McDougall was the final storyteller at our "Fast Lane" Story Slam, and his story about an epic rowing meet won him the prized pint glass and earned him a slot in November's Grand Slam!

We heard several excellent storytellers on the night from returning storytellers and a few first-timers also. Grand Slam Champion Cliff Lewis returned with an excellent story about attending a fireworks show where everyone was on edge. We heard Marcus Grimm tell a story about a classic high school prank. First-timer Rachel Prensner talked about her first foray into online dating. Eileen Joyce told us about living life in the fast lane with her cat. Phil Broder talked about the miracle cash he found when he was most in need. Laura Heller told us about her summer road trip. Diane Yannick explained how she hopped on the fast lane when her first marriage fell apart.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out to laugh and applaud. Big thanks to our emcee Donna Talarico, who is busy putting the finishing touches on the 2018 HippoCamp Creative Writers Conference taking place in Lancaster in August. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Beach Bum" and will be held on Tuesday, August 28th. Save the date!

Check out Chris McDougall's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our "Fast Lane" Story Slam Is July 24th!

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Step on that gas pedal! Our July 24th Story Slam is themed "Fast Lane!" Tell us your story or just come out to listen as people share their tales. Grab your tickets HERE.

What do we mean by "Fast Lane?"

We want to hear stories about the fast life in all aspects. Did you once own a bitchin' Camaro? Were you fast-tracked in your career? Were you living a fast life that ended in a crash at rehab? We want to hear about that vacation where you received multiple speeding tickets, or the time you ran with the bulls in Pamplona, or the time you won your local 5K by mistake. Perhaps you made a decision to get out of a certain situation and then put your efforts into the fast lane to get off at the next exit. Have you ever been in a dangerous car or boating accident or lost a friend who lived fast and died young. Tell us about your life and times in the fast lane.

We'll see you on Tuesday, July 24th at Tellus360 at 8pm. Grab your tickets HERE.

Dave Smith Wins Our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam!

 Dave smith poses with emcee Melissa Snavely.

Dave smith poses with emcee Melissa Snavely.

Dave Smith's story of scaling a rock wall while his son watched on was the winning story at our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam. Dave won the prized pint glass and has earned his slot in the 2018 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

We heard several touching stories recalling the love and idiosyncrasies of dads. Whether bonding with dad while building a pinewood derby car or nervously waiting for dad to reply to the news of a pregnant daughter or watching dad rummage through cushions for spare change, we learned about the dedication and wordless love of fathers. 

Join us for our next Story Slam, themed "Fast Lane," which will be held on Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm. You can order your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch Dave's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our June Story Slam: Father Knows Best!

Our Story Slam on June 26th is "Father Knows Best!" Tell your favorite Dad story or come out and listen to other people tell their remembrances of fathers, substitute fathers, and other mentors. Perhaps you want to get your dad tickets to the Story Slam and then surprise him by taking the stage and telling your story! For tickets, click HERE.

What type of stories do we want to hear?

Let's hear about your early memories of dad or your lack of memories of dad. How did your dad influence you either through genetics or through their passions in life or their mistakes in life. Did you get your love of reading, or sports, or fishing, or sense of ethics and responsibility from your own dad? Perhaps you had a surrogate father or were adopted and have a special relationship with a father figure. Maybe your grandfather was the dominant figure in your life or maybe you just became a father yourself and have first-hand thoughts on the trials and tribulations of raising your own children. We want to hear about rich dads, poor dads, good dads and struggling dads.

Come on out to Tellus360 on Tuesday, June 26th for our "Father Knows Best" Story Slam. for tickets, click HERE. We start telling stories at 8pm, but arrive early for the best seats, some food and drink.

Kevin Reinmiller wins our "Do Over" Story Slam!

 May Story Slam winner Kevin Reinmiller and emcee Melissa Snavely

May Story Slam winner Kevin Reinmiller and emcee Melissa Snavely

Kevin Reinmiller won our "Do Over" Story Slam with his tale of drinking too much with some co-workers and waking up to find himself in a very awkward and gross situation. Kevin took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in our Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

Our "Do Over" Story Slam features stories about sneaking out to meet up with the boy next door, excelling at a job at the gun range, having a first dance, the perils of attempting to jump into the ocean off a cliff, being over fed in South Korea, saving a brother from choking, and more.

Our June 26th Story Slam is themed "Father Knows Best!" Grab your tickets HERE.

You can watch Kevin's winning story below. To watch all the stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our May 22d Story Slam is "Do Over!"

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Did you ever wish for a second chance? Have you ever taken a mulligan?

Our May 22nd Story Slam is themed "Do Over!" We start telling stories at 8pm at Tellus360, but most people arrive early to grab food and a pint, and to secure the best seats! You can order your tickets by clicking HERE.

What do we mean by "Do Over?"

We want to hear stories about second chances or lack of a second chance. Did you initially screw up your relationship with a lover, only to beg for another try? Did your first attempt at a work project fail spectacularly but you redeemed yourself on your second, third, or fourth attempt? Maybe your lack of a "Do Over" has filled you with regret. Have you been in trouble with the law and prayed that if exonerated you would clean up your life? Perhaps you have overcome an addiction or alcoholism? Beaten cancer? We all know the saying, If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Let's hear your story about "Do Over!"

Grab your tickets and we'll see you on May 22nd!

Bret Daniels wins our Best Day Ever Story Slam

 Story Slam Winner Bret Daniels with Emcee Luanne Sims

Story Slam Winner Bret Daniels with Emcee Luanne Sims

Bret Daniels won our April Story Slam with his courageous story of meeting and offering forgiveness to the man who had raped him years ago. Bret's story left the audience breathless and he was given a standing ovation.

The theme for the night was "Best. Day. Ever." In addition to Bret's story, we heard stories about such exciting moments such as electronics day at school, being a scuba hero at the pool, losing a championship basketball game, holding a memorial service for mom, hearing your kids waking your husband instead of you for the first time, and achieving a childhood goal at Wrigley Field.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and everyone who came out tonight for our April Story Slam. Our next Story Slam will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd and the theme is "Do Over!" Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can view Bret's winning story below or click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube page to watch several stories told on the night.

Our April 24th Story Slam is "Best. Day. Ever."

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Come out to our April 24th Story Slam to celebrate the greatest days ever! The theme for our April event is "Best. Day. Ever." We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive at Tellus360 early for drinks and food. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What stories are we looking for?

We want to hear the twists and turns of a remarkable day in your life. Tell us about how you thought something was going to go wrong but instead it turned out to be awesome. We want to hear about the amazing road trip you took, or the moment when a surprise meeting changed your life. Perhaps your best day ever was meeting a celebrity, or getting married, or winning the lottery, or giving birth to your child, or telling your boss off and quitting your job! Maybe the day was memorable despite everything that went wrong! Reflect on the days that still make you grin and tell us your story.

Also - if you've wanted to tell a story but would like some guidance, check out our one night storytelling workshop on April 18th in the An Sibin Room at Tellus360. You need to sign up ahead of time to get the homework and we only have a few spots remaining. For details on the Storytelling Workshop, click HERE.

We'll see you on April 24th at 8pm for "Best. Day. Ever."

Tony Crocamo Wins our "Forgiven" Story Slam!

 Our winner Tony Crocamo poses with emcee Luanne Sims.

Our winner Tony Crocamo poses with emcee Luanne Sims.

Tony Crocamo won our "Forgiven" Story Slam with his tale of throwing snowballs at cars as a kid. Tony won the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, which takes place in November. Tony will be defending the title, as he won the Best Storyteller in Lancaster for 2017.

For some unknown reason, many of our "Forgiven" stories centered around our love of dogs. We also heard a story about leaving the Amish community and being shunned, and leaving a boyfriend in a rather sudden fashion. We listened to a beautiful story of working at a march while fasting, and having an out of body experience. We heard about a daughter's April Fool's prank that stunned a mother, and we listened to a story about an improper disposal of a deceased cat.

Our Storytelling Workshop will be held on April 18th at Tellus360. Click HERE to learn more and register so we can send you the videos to watch before class.

Our April 24th Story Slam is themed "Best. Day. Ever." Grab your tickets HERE.

Check out Tony's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our March 27th Story Slam is "Forgiven!"

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We're excited to announce that our March 27th Story Slam is themed "Forgiven!" Come on out to Tellus360, we start telling stories at 8pm, but people often arrive early for drinks and food. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What type of stories fit the theme "Forgiven?"

We've all made mistakes or harmed people (either unintentionally or intentionally) or been harmed ourselves. Whether we've been cheated on by a lover, inappropriately been fired, or been maligned by false rumors, we have to overcome our initial rage and disappointment and find a way, at least in some cases, to forgive. Perhaps we have instigated inappropriate, unethical or even illegal acts but have found that the the victim has forgiven us. Of course, you may have been wronged and have determined the person's act is unforgivable, we want to hear that story also! 

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If you have a story, see Carla at the foot of the stage once you arrive. Remember, we start telling stories at 8pm on Tuesday, March 27th at Tellus360! Click HERE for tickets.

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP!

If you've been thinking of telling a story onstage, but want some guidance first, check out our one-night Storytelling Workshop on April 18th! We'll cover storytelling basics such as story structure and creative language. We send videos to watch before the class, so register early by clicking HERE.

Our "First Crush" Story Slam Ends in a Tie!

 Marcus Grimm, emcee Melissa Snavely and Christian Carrion celebrate!

Marcus Grimm, emcee Melissa Snavely and Christian Carrion celebrate!

Our "First Crush" Story Slam brought out a slew of stories about grade school loves, television crushes, and rekindled romances! When it was over, the story slam in a two-way tie, with both Marcus Grimm and Christian Carrion earning prized pint glasses and slots in the 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place in November. Marcus told about following his crush through the years on classic television shows. Christian revisited the grade school playground and his attempts to win a girl's heart finally paid off.

Elam explained the challenges he faced as an Amish boy trying to woo a Mennonite girl in school. Terry explained how her schoolyard crush accidentally broke her arm, and how she kept it a secret for years.  Ashley told about how the love of her life started teasing her after she donned glasses in grade school. Karan told of an unexpected romance at a middle school dance. Kevin explained how a girl in a college brochure became his wife. Emily bared her ten year quest for the love of Jason Mraz. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and our emcee Melissa Snavely.

Our next Story Slam will be held on Tuesday, March 27th and the theme is "Forgiven!" You can order your tickets HERE.

You can watch Christian and Marcus tell their stories below. To check out all the stories told at our Story Slam, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our February 27th Story Slam is "First Crush!"

Our February 27th Story Slam is "First Crush!"

Although our Story Slam is nearly two weeks after Valentine's Day, we'll still be feeling the love. Our February 27th Story Slam is themed "First Crush!" We start telling stories at 8pm, but people arrive early for grub, beer, and the choicest seats. Grab tickets for you and your current crush by clicking HERE.

What do we mean by "First Crush?"

We want to hear stories about your earliest loves, whether they were your first true enfatuation or your first imagined love. Tell us about passing out the Valentine's Day cards in third grade and who you saved your flashiest card for. Do you recall your first kiss? Perhaps your crush was a legendary teen idol like David Cassidy or Davey Jones or that boy who lived next door. Did you find true love on the first day of high school? We'd love to hear your story about how love also led you to discover your own identity. Tell us about your first crush!

Our February 27th Story Slam will be held at Tellus360 and begins at 8pm. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

Michael Evans wins our January Story Slam!

 Winning Storyteller Michael Evans poses with emcee Luanne Sims

Winning Storyteller Michael Evans poses with emcee Luanne Sims

Our 2018 Lancaster Story Slam started out with the theme "New Beginnings," and first-time storyteller Michael Evans edged out the competition with his heartfelt story about beginning his life anew after his divorce. Michael took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in our 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place in November. Congratulations Michael!

The "New Beginnings" theme brought out stories personal, heartwarming, and sometimes funny. We heard about starting new jobs in different parts of the country, giving birth, holding a historically significant gun, the angst of trying to get a proper haircut, and noticing a moment of grace while attending church. Thanks to all our storytellers!

Our next Story Slam is scheduled for February 27th and the theme is "First Crush!" Tell us about your first fling, your first love, your first obsession, your first romance. You can grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch Michael's winning story below. To check out other stories told on the night, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Our "New Beginnings" Story Slam is January 23!

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Our fourth season of Lancaster Story Slam unfolds on Tuesday, January 23rd with the theme of "New Beginnings!" Come on out to Tellus360 to tell a story or to cheer on those brave enough to take the stage! Order your tickets by clicking HERE.

What do we mean by New Beginnings?

We're looking for stories about those transitional times in your life. Maybe you moved to a new city, or transformed yourself when you started college. Perhaps you hit rock bottom with an addiction and forced yourself to break away from old friends and bad habits. January is the perfect time to reflect back on new beginnings and to plan upcoming life transitions. Maybe you left your job to create your own thing, or walked away from a troubled marriage/relationship to start fresh. Tell us about your New Beginnings!

If you want to tell a story, sign up at the foot of the stage upon arrival. We start hearing stories at 8pm on January 23rd, but most people arrive early for drinks and food. We hope to see you at our "New Beginnings" Story Slam!

 

2018 Themes and Dates Announced!

We're excited to announce that Lancaster Story Slam is returning for a fourth season! The 2018 Story Slam Season will once again take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Tellus360. All events begin at 8pm. Tickets for each Story Slam go on sale the day after the previous month’s event and can be ordered by clicking HERE.

Mark your calendars, check out the themes, and start planning your story!

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January 23 - New Beginnings

February 20 -  First Crush

March 27  - Forgiven

April 24 - Best. Day. Ever.

May 22 - Do Over

June 26 - Father Knows Best

July 24 - Fast Lane

August 28  - Beach Bum

September 25 - Homecoming

October 23 - Skeletons in the Closet

November 27 - Grand Slam: TBD

Tony Crocamo Wins the 2017 Grand Slam!

 Grand Slam Champion Tony Crocamo poses with Lancaster Story Slam Producer Carla Wilson.

Grand Slam Champion Tony Crocamo poses with Lancaster Story Slam Producer Carla Wilson.

Congratulations to Tony Crocamo! Tony was awarded the title of "Best Storyteller in Lancaster" after winning the 2017 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam with his recollection of learning an important lifetime lesson at a grade school dance. Tony won the coveted "Best Storyteller in Lancaster" Trophy and gift cards to Buzz Coffee, Central Market, and our beloved Tellus360.

The ten winners of the 2017 Lancaster Story Slam season all wowed the crowd with their stories on the theme "Promises!" Thanks to Eileen Joyce, Beth Horenkamp, Matt McDunnell, David Smith, Brian Layng, Linda Silberman, Jim Pollak, Aaron Lewis, Brian william Gish and Cynthia Angst for sharing their stories.

Thanks to our Grand Slam Judges - Hippocampus Magazine Publisher Donna Talarico, Third Point Press's Editor in Chief Matthew Kabik, and the Fiction Editor for Philadelphia Stories Mitchell Sommers.

Also thanks to Michelle Johnsen Photography and Abigail Edwards for shooting photos of tonight's event.

You can watch Tony's winning story below. To watch all the stories told at the 2017 Grand Slam, click over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.

Thanks to everyone who packed the house for the Grand Slam! We're looking forward to the 2018 season!

Our 2017 GRAND SLAM is Tuesday, November 28th! Tickets on Sale Now!

 Linda Silberman, Michael Pollak, and Eileen Joyce are three of the Grand Slam Competitors this year! Photos taken by Michelle Johnsen Photography.

Linda Silberman, Michael Pollak, and Eileen Joyce are three of the Grand Slam Competitors this year! Photos taken by Michelle Johnsen Photography.

The 3rd annual Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM is being held on Tuesday, November 28th, 8pm, at Tellus360! Join us and cheer on the winning storytellers from the 2017 season as they compete toe-to-toe for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster! The theme of the night is "Promises!" Last year's Grand Slam sold out so please order your tickets ahead of time this year. Order your tickets below!

Storytellers who have earned a spot in the Grand Slam are: Eileen Joyce, Beth Horenkamp, Matt McDunnell, David Smith, Brian Layng, Tony Crocamo, Linda Silberman, Jim Pollak, Aaron Lewis, Brian william Gish and Cynthia Angst. We hope to see you on November 28th!



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Our 2017 Grand Slam is November 28th! Tickets on Sale Now!

 Photo by Michelle Johnsen Photography

Photo by Michelle Johnsen Photography

The 3rd annual Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM is being held on Tuesday, November 28th, 8pm, at Tellus360! Join us and cheer on the winning storytellers from the 2017 season as they compete toe-to-toe for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster! The theme of the night is "Promises!" Last year's Grand Slam sold out so please order your tickets ahead of time this year. To order your tickets click HERE.

Storytellers who have earned a spot in the Grand Slam are: Eileen Joyce, Beth Horenkamp, Matt McDunnell, David Smith, Brian Layng, Tony Crocamo, Linda Silberman, Jim Pollak, Aaron Lewis, Brian william Gish and Cynthia Angst.

We hope to see you on November 28th! Help us crown the 2017 Best Storyteller in Lancaster!

Cynthia Angst wins our "Nightmares" Story Slam!

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Emcee Luanne Sims with Cynthia Angst

Cynthia Angst won our October Story Slam with her tale of how one nightmare as a child came to haunt her years later. Cynthia won the prized pint glass and earned a slot in the 2017 Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM, which will take place on Tuesday, November 28th. The theme for the GRAND SLAM is Promises! GRAND SLAM tickets are on sale now, click HERE.

Cynthia's tale edged out several excellent stories about nightmares of the real variety, as well as true dreamlike nightmares. We heard about strange doors and killer lobsters, losing a friend and finding a butcher knife, unsettling dreams about horror movies and recalling a father's pranks. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges and to everyone who came out to catch our Nightmares Story Slam.

Check out Cynthia's winning story below. To watch the other stories told at the Nightmares Story Slam, click on over to the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube Channel.