HOWL Story Slam at UJAC


Upper Jay Art Center
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HOWL Story Slam at UJAC
May 16, 2024
Upper Jay Art Center

True stories, told locally

Adirondack Center for Writing and NCPR are bringing their popular HOWL story slam to the Recovery Lounge! The theme is "total lunacy". 

What is a story slam?

It’s a live, spirited storytelling competition. Storytellers (anyone can sign up!) take the stage to tell a true story in under 5 minutes. Judges (2-3 audience members) score the stories, and at the end of the night, a winner is announced. All winners are invited to the annual Grand Slam at the end of the year.

Tips for Storytellers

  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • True stories, told without notes. This includes scribbles on the back of your hands, our judges have great eyesight.
  • Your audience is brilliant and easily distracted, jump right into the action of your story.
  • Practice your story as much as possible, in the bathroom, during your morning commute, in line for coffee. By the time you arrive at the The Howl Story Slam, you’ll be cool as a cucumber.
  • Leave the rants and stand-up routines at home. Bits and pieces of each are welcome, but use humor and rants sparingly.
  • Show up and put your name in the hat. When your name is called, you’ve got five minutes to tell your tale.
  • Storytellers will be judged on the stories relevance to the night’s theme, a story with a conflict and resolution, and staying in the time limit.


$10 donation at the door

The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories.