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10:43 pm: I'm thinking of hosting a storytelling party at Wiscon. A mike for the teller, chairs for the listeners. Refreshments. A big piece of paper to sign up on if you want to tell a story. Is this a good idea? If you were at Wiscon, would you come? How likely would you be to tell a story?

If the storytelling part lasted three hours, and the stories averaged five minutes, plus a minute for changeover, that would be thirty people. That seems like lots?

Have you ever hosted a party at a convention? How much did you spend? How did you decide how much food and drink to have? How did you acquire, prepare, and store said food and drink if you were far from home?

I should decide soon, so there's time to get the word out so people who want to tell a story will have time to prepare one. Should I have a theme?

Any advice is welcome.

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Date:December 25th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I have no idea if this information is still accurate or if it's pertinent to your context/culture, but: years ago, I did a lot of performance arranging, including participatory and open-mike-equivalent, in the SCA, and at one point I chatted up a bunch of storytellers about what makes a gig good for them. And they told me that 5 minutes was like the worst possible time length for storytelling: that there are stories that can be told in 2 min or less, and stories of 10 and greater, but not a lot of stories hit in the vicinity of 5 min.

As I said, that may be specific to the sort of storytelling that happens in the SCA, or just my local SCA, perhaps just at that point in time.

As a performer, I'm a big fan of themes or some organizing information about what might be nice to share. Otherwise, I have the repertoire equivalent of staring into my packed wardrobe crying, AUGH I HAVEN'T A THING TO WEAR!

Edited at 2014-12-25 07:10 am (UTC)
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Date:December 25th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a lovely idea. I would probably turn up and listen.

Maybe your theme could be as broad as "sf and f or feminist or both".
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Date:January 2nd, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
I would love to see you there!

I think a really broad theme, or none, is best at least at first. If it works, and I do it again, people will already know that it is a thing and I might find a way of letting them know what this year's theme is.
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Date:December 26th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
I'd be interested in this. I don't know if I'd tell a story, but I would def. be there.
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Date:January 2nd, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Date:December 26th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)

storytelling party

Sounds interesting!

For a theme, you could maybe have a box for suggestions (i.e., LJ/DW post) and then draw one out of a hat ahead of time? Or something.
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Date:January 2nd, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: storytelling party

I want to give people time to prepare a story, so if there is a theme it'll have to be publicized in advance. The whole idea will have to publicized in advance for it to work, and I don't know how to do that effectively. wiscon, wiscon community at DW, E-cube, ummm...

Edited at 2015-01-02 07:41 pm (UTC)
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