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Come Audition for the 4th Annual International Storytelling Festival!


By Stephanie Medlock

Every person has a thousand stories to tell, both real and imagined. When you think about it, our identities are simply the sum of the stories we remember.

There are two main audition requirements: one, your story cannot be longer than eight minutes and two, whether true or fantastic, your tale needs a strong protagonist, a conflict, and a satisfying resolution. That doesn’t mean things always end happily. Some of the best stories are about events that didn’t end well.

No topics are off the table, but please consider our audience’s sensibilities. It’s never what story you tell, but how you tell it that makes the difference. For example, at the first storytelling festival, storyteller Twanna Hines had audiences roaring with the story of her first sexual encounter. She managed to convey an air of innocent perplexity that made the whole project as lascivious as assembling a gas grill from a set of instructions in Korean. Or last year’s showstopper Diana Spechler, who talked about her fear that parasites had taken up residence in a very private place. Danger always rivets, so if you narrowly escaped death while climbing a mountain, we want to hear it. But absolutely ordinary can also be very funny—look at the many successful seasons of Seinfeld, where episodes dwelt on things like the loss of a dry cleaning ticket.

You may audition in English or in Spanish, as there are four different storytelling venues at this year’s festival. The festival opens Saturday, October 7, with Open Mic Morning, at the Tianguis (TOSMA) from 10am until noon. October 10 features stories in Spanish at Restaurant Mama Mia, 7 to 9pm. On October 11 we have Tall Tales at El Quita Penas, 6 to 7:30pm, while True Life stories can be heard at Restaurant Paprika on October 18, 7 to 9pm. A final showcase of stories takes place Friday, October 20, at Bellas Artes, 6 to 9pm. Tickets are available online after September 15 or at the door.

If you are unsure how to keep an audience rapt, come to the storytelling workshop on October 14 and 15 at the Literary Sala at Bellas Artes. Even seasoned storytellers often find that workshop helpful.

“My story always improves from taking the workshop,” commented storytelling veteran Carol Merchasin. Please contact Stephanie Medlock at for more information or to sign up for the workshop.

Then again, you can try out your story at Open Mic Morning, October 7, at the Saturday Market. You don’t need to audition to tell your story there. Please arrive by 9:30 am to sign up.

So pick one of your stories and come audition for the 4th Annual International San Miguel Storytelling Festival. Auditions take place September 12 via Skype. Please contact Nathan Feuerberg at, to set up an appointment.


4th Annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Auditions Sep 12, via Skype

Info: Nathan Feuerberg at


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