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Paul Heck Wins our "Identity Crisis" Story Slam!

Emcee Mikey Gleason poses with winner Paul Heck

Emcee Mikey Gleason poses with winner Paul Heck

After the judges were asked to declare the winner out of a rare three-way tie, first-time storyteller Paul Heck emerged as the winner of our "Identity Crisis" Story Slam with his tale of growing up as the tallest kid in his class. In the first round of voting, Paul had tied with Arianna Scavetti and Steve Clark. Arianna told a story about being awkwardly mistaken for a judge. Steve told a tale of meeting a naked religious guru while in a gym sauna.

We heard so many interesting stories on the night. We heard a touching story about learning to hug as an adult, and we heard another tale of the slow progress in overcoming depression. There was a story of trying to get a brother the medical help he desperately needed, and the surprising hero who delivered the goods. We heard about getting respect as a senior, and a story of trying to decide whether to live a right brain/left brain life. We also heard about a make believe girlfriend and an imaginary goat! Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and the rowdy audience for cheering!

Our next Story Slam is themed "School Days" and will be held on Tuesday, September 12th. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

Check out Paul's winning story below. To see all the stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our "Identity Crisis" Story Slam is August 8th!

Our August 8th Story Slam is "IDENTITY CRISIS!" Grab your standing room only tickets by clicking HERE and join us at Side Bar and Restaurant. We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive early for dinner and drinks. SRO tickets does include a few seats at the bar.

What stories fit "Identity Crisis?"

We want to hear stories about identity or lack of identity! Did you re-invent yourself at some point in your life? Have you suffered from amnesia? Did you rehabilitate yourself? Were you adopted? Did you change your look when you went to college or started a new job?

Seats for this event have sold out but we do have a few SRO tickets! If you want to tell a story, sign up when you check in. Click HERE to reserve your tickets!

Here is a story we love from our Lancaster Story Slam that could have fit into "Identity Crisis." Mitch Jureckson travels to meet his real father!

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Peter Cunniffe wins our "Nature" Story Slam!

Winner Pete Cunniffe with emcee Mikey Gleason

Winner Pete Cunniffe with emcee Mikey Gleason

Peter Cunniffe edged out the competition with his story about taking photographs of nature to win our July Story Slam. Pete took home the prized pint glass and earned a spot in our November Grand Slam. Special note: Patrick Carmody, who has already earned a spot in the Grand Slam, told a spectacular story also. We heard so many stories about people's dislike of nature, Mikey Gleason suggested Thoreau would not have been comfortable at tonight's event.
Thanks to everyone who told their nature story, thanks to the judges, and the packed crowd that cheered everyone on.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Identity Crisis" and will be held on Tuesday, August 8th. Secure your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch Peter's winning story below and/or click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel to view all the stories told on the night.

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Our "Nature" Story Slam is July 11th!

Nature is often beautiful and serene, but it can also be dangerous and horrifying. We want to hear your "Nature" story on Tuesday, July 11th at our July Story Slam! We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive at Side Bar and Restaurant around 7pm for drinks and food. As of the time of this post, we have a few seats left. Click here for tickets!

Looking for ideas on what makes a "Nature" Story?

Have you ever hiked the Appalachian Trail or been lost at sea? Have you been stung by bees or chased by a bear? Tell us why you love nature, or why nature terrifies you. We want stories about hiking, gardening, bird watching, skiing, mountain biking, trail running. We hope to hear stories about the woods, the ocean, the lakes, the rivers, the desert, the mountains, and more.

If you want to tell a story, check out our rules and then sign up when you arrive! Join us on July 11th for "Nature!" Grab your tickets while they last.

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Jack Kennedy Wins our "Foreign Soil" Story Slam!

Winner Jack Kennedy and emcee Mikey Gleason

Winner Jack Kennedy and emcee Mikey Gleason

First-time storyteller Jack Kennedy won our "Foreign Soil" Story Slam with his tale of a trip to Quebec where he and his sister vowed not to be the loud Americans. Jack won the prized pint glass and a slot in our November Grand Slam.

We took trips to several countries with tonight's stories - China, Finland, Australia, the UK, France, and even Tennessee. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and all who came out tonight to cheer our storytellers on.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Nature," and will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at Side Bar and Restaurant. You can pick up your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch Jack's winning story below. To watch all the stories tonight, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

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Our June 13th Story Slam is "Foreign Soil!"

Our June 13th Story Slam is themed "Foreign Soil." We're looking for stories about traveling to exotic lands AND we also hope to hear stories about immigrants discovering the strange land and cultures of the USA. Seats for this Story Slam have sold out (Thank you!) but a few SRO's may remain. Click on the tickets page to learn more.

Tickets for our July Story Slam, which is themed "Nature," will go on sale on Wednesday, June 14th.

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Cynthia Angst wins our "Luck" Story Slam!

Our May Story Slam winner Cynthia Angst and emcee Mikey Gleason

Our May Story Slam winner Cynthia Angst and emcee Mikey Gleason

Cynthia Angst edged out the competition with her story about the good and bad luck of renting apartments on the Main Line and eventually moving to West Chester. Cynthia will be returning the Grand Slam in November.

The theme of "Luck" brought out stories that expressed the different ways we view both good luck and bad luck in our lives. We heard about how at a low point in her life, Shari had the good luck to find a job that gave meaning to her life. We heard from Nick about his reaction to hearing about the death of his mother. Sara told us about her good luck camping in Iceland. Vicki told about her dating life and how she must have been "good luck" for her ex-boyfriends. Kyle told about the good luck of meeting his future wife. Mikey expressed his longing for a ham sandwich.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and the audience who cheered everyone on.

Our next Story Slam, on Tuesday, June 13th, is themed "Foreign Soil," so think about your best travel story - whether you traveled to another country or maybe you immigrated to the USA. Tickets can be ordered by clicking HERE.

Video of Cynthia's winning story is posted below and all the stories are posted on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel!

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Our May 9th Story Slam is themed "Luck!"

On May 9th, we'll be exploring the theme of "Luck" at West Chester Story Slam! Our monthly story slams are held on the second floor of Side Bar & Restaurant and we start telling stories at 8pm. People start arriving around 7pm for seats and to have dinner and drinks. To see if tickets remain, please click HERE.

What type of stories are we looking for with "Luck?"

We're hoping to hear stories about good luck, bad luck and no luck! Tell us about finding yourself in the unluckiest predicament - stranded, a missed flight, a random moment of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tell us about the good luck in your life - that time you won the lottery, or when you made an unlikely connection with a future boss or mentor on a ski lift. What does it mean to have no luck? Is that really better than bad luck? How have you increased your luck factor? Do you believe in luck?

If you want to tell a story, put your name in the hat upon arrival. Be sure to pick up your tickets early as our Story Slams do sell out. We hope to see you on May 9th at our "Luck" Story Slam!

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Aaron Mills wins our "Rebellion" Story Slam!

Story Slam winner Aaron Mills with emcee Mikey Gleason

Story Slam winner Aaron Mills with emcee Mikey Gleason

Aaron Mills won our "Rebellion" Story Slam with his story of throwing a keg party while in high school. Aaron, who was our 2016 Grand Slam Champion, won the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2017 Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

"Rebellion" brought about interesting stories - we actually heard two stories about how the storytellers' parents turned out to be rebels! We heard about the awkward moment of introducing a rebel boyfriend to conservative parents. We heard about jumping the metro turnstiles in Paris and working at a country club with a rebellious kid "who was going places." We heard a story of being a rebellious child who was destined to be a saleswoman. We heard about the unique - and rebellious concept - of the five year marriage. We heard about the rebels that partake in the high school UN program and more.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and the audience who cheered them on. And thanks as always to the staff at SideBar that takes good care of us!

Our next Story Slam is Tuesday, May 9th and the theme is LUCK! We want to hear about good luck and bad luck or maybe no luck at all. Tickets can be ordered now by clicking HERE.

You can watch Aaron's winning story below. To check out all the stories told at our "Rebellion" Story Slam, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our "Working Hard" Story Slam ends in a Tie!

Robin Renn and Cindy Heffron were the winners of our March Story Slam.

Robin Renn and Cindy Heffron were the winners of our March Story Slam.

Congratulations to Robin Renn and Cindy Heffron, the two winners of our March "Working Hard" Story Slam. Robin Renn told her funny story of the worst day she ever spent as a waitress. Cindy told her inspiring story of working as a hospice nurse. Both women earned a slot in the West Chester Story Slam Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

The night was filled with stories of working jobs and working on life. We heard about the hard work of preparing for a dance recital, the hard task of selling encyclopedias door-to-door, the challenge of giving a tour to French students, and the challenges of working in television in the genres of porn and home shopping.

Thanks to everyone who re-arranged their schedules to attend our Story Slam, which had been postponed due to the snowstorm. Thanks to Luanne Sims for emceeing the night, and thank you to the judges for their work deciding on some very good stories.

Our next Story Slam is Tuesday, April 11th and the theme is "Rebellion." Secure your tickets for April by clicking HERE.

Check below for video of both winning stories. To watch the other stories told on the night, click on over to the

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March Story Slam Postponed to Thursday, March 16th!

Due to the anticipated snowstorm, we are postponing Tuesday's "Working Hard" Story Slam to Thursday, March 16th at 8pm.

If you are able to attend, we will see you Thursday! If you have purchased tickets but cannot attend on Thursday, please review the email you received. If you have questions, email Jim at wcstoryslam@aol.com.

If we get cancellations, we'll open up ticket sales for Thursday in case you want to invite more friends. Just check the TICKETS page. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we don't want to put anyone in danger on Tuesday night.

 

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Upcoming: March Story Slam and April Workshop!

MARCH 14TH STORY SLAM

We have a few tickets left for our March 14th Story Slam, which is themed "Working Hard!" We want to hear stories about the workplace - the toughtest, most difficult, dirtiest, funnest, silliest or best job you ever had. Tell us about the best or career move you ever had. Tell how your co-workers saved you, or sold you out, or how your boss ruined your life or saved you in some way. Tell us about the job you worked for beer money or the work that saved your life. We have a few SRO tickets remaining. For tickets, click HERE.

Tickets for our April 11th Story Slam, themed Rebellion, will go on sale on March 15th.

APRIL 24TH STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Our one-night Storytelling Workshop returns on April 24th! This one-night class will give you the tools to draft your story and tips on how hold the audience's attention. The session consists of classroom instruction and interaction. Topics include: What Makes a Good Story, Basic Story Structure, and Creative Language. All attendees will receive an email with stories to watch before the class so please don't wait, register by clicking HERE.

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Patrick Carmody Wins our "Love Hurts" Story Slam

Emcee Luanne Sims poses with February winner Patrick Carmody

Emcee Luanne Sims poses with February winner Patrick Carmody

Patrick Carmody jumped on stage in the final spot tonight and came away the winner of our "Love Hurts" Story Slam. Patrick told the story of his best friend's passion for a certain Phillies ballplayer and how his obsession played out.

Our "Love Hurts" Story Slam was an opportunity to hear about breaking hearts and hearts being broken. We heard about Valentines cards given out in fourth grade, awkward break-ups, the pain of being a Philadelphia sports fan, reconnecting with an old flame a decade later, and breaking up with someone in a sudden way. We also heard about how gift giving can lead into marital strife.

Tickets for our March 14th Story Slam, which is themed "Working Hard," are available now by clicking HERE. We're looking for your job and career related stories so think about the best job and the worst job you've had, the toughest day you've ever had on the job, etc.

You can watch Patrick's winning story below. To view the other stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel. Thanks to our storytellers, judges, and everyone who came out for Valentine's Day!

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February's Story Slam is Sold Out!

Tickets for our February 14th Story Slam have sold out. Thank you. 

Our February 14th Story Slam is themed "Love Hurts." The event starts at 8pm on the second floor of SideBar and Restaurant in West Chester, If have a ticket and want to tell a story, sign up upon arrival. Please remember, most people arrive around 7pm for dinner and drinks before the Story Slam. 

What type of stories are we looking for with a theme of "Love Hurts?" 

We want to hear stories about all types of love - romantic love, paternal love, platonic love. We want to hear about heartbreak and breaking hearts. We want to hear about unlikely connections, one night flings, and enduring romances. Let's hear about your first kiss or your last kiss. Maybe you've stuck with it even though love hurts or maybe you had to walk away. 

Thanks to everyone who picked up tickets. If you are looking to get tickets for an upcoming story slam, out tickets for the March 14th Story Slam, which is themed "Working Hard" will go on sale on Wednesday, February 15th. 

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Diane Yannick Wins our January Story Slam!

Our 2017 Story Slam season is officially underway, and the first winner of the year is Diane Yannick! Diane told her heartfelt story of working to overcome her rage the past two months. The theme of the night was Good Times/Bad Times.

We heard many remarkable stories on the night. Craig told the hilarious story of making a huge faux pas while working as a sport anchor on live television. Cathy told how her family came to adopt a new ironic catch-phrase after a tour of Washington DC. Other fun stories included learning about Led Zeppelin while smoking oregano in a basement, breaking up a long-distance relationship, awkward romances, and watching a friend ignite themselves on fire at the end of a party. We also heard about how being laid off brought a few months of memorable moments raising a son and about a snowboarding trip catastrophe. Thanks to all our storytellers for taking the stage and telling their tales! Thanks also to our judges and the audience who cheered on all our storytellers.

Our next Story Slam is on Valentine's Day, February 14th and the theme is "Love Hurts!" Grab your tickets now by clicking HERE!

You can watch Diane's winning story below. To watch the other stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

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Our January 10th Story Slam is "Good Times/Bad Times!"

Updated: 12/31/2016 - Seats have sold out. A few SRO remain. Thanks!

The 2017 West Chester Story Slam season kicks off on Tuesday, January 10th with the theme "Good Times/Bad Times!" What type of stories are we looking for with this theme?

Tell us a happy story marred by a tragedy or a tragic story with a redemptive ending. Tell us about the time you attended a Led Zeppelin concert or the time you thought you were dropped into a Dickens novel ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,") but unlike Dickens, keep your story to five minutes! Tell us about "Good Times/Bad Times!" Click on the rules page to review our guidelines.

Our Story Slams take place on the second Tuesday of the month at Side Bar & Restaurant in West Chester, PA. All events begin at 8pm. Story Slam tickets are $10 each. At this time, we have some seats remaining for the January 10th event, and we also have limited Standing Room Only Tickets.

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2017 Story Slam Dates and Themes Announced!

Emcee Mikey Gleason at the Grand Slam

Emcee Mikey Gleason at the Grand Slam

What story will you tell? What story will your friends tell?

The 2017 West Chester Story Slam season (our 8th season!) will kick off on Tuesday, January 10th with the theme "Good Times/Bad Times!" Tell us a happy story marred by a tragedy or a tragic story with a redemptive ending. Tell us about the time you attended a Led Zeppelin concert or the time you thought you were dropped into a Dickens novel ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,") but unlike Dickens, keep your story to five minutes! Click on the rules page to review our guidelines.

Our Story Slams take place on the second Tuesday of the month at Side Bar & Restaurant in West Chester, PA. All events begin at 8pm. Story Slam tickets are $10 each and available now for the January 10th event. Tickets for each month's Slam go on sale the day after the previous month’s event.

Here are the dates and themes for the 2017 season.

January 10th - Good Times/Bad Times

February 14th - Heartburn

March 14th - Working Stiff

April 11th - Rebellion

May 9th - Luck!

June 13th - Foreign Soil

July 11th - Nature's Call

August 8th - Identity Crisis

September 12th - School days

October 10th - Close Calls!

November 14th- 2017 GRAND SLAM - Theme TBD

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Aaron Mills wins the 2016 West Chester Story Slam Grand Slam!

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Aaron Mills wins the 2016 West Chester Story Slam Grand Slam!

Aaron Mills won our 2016 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM with his story of making a promise to a first grade class that he would raise the chicks they had hatched from eggs. Aaron will have his name engraved on the Storyteller's Cup. Thanks to Side Bar and Restaurant, Levante Brewing Company, and the Classic Diner for donating prizes to the winner tonight.

Aaron edged out the other awesome storytellers. We heard great stories about the "promises" made to loved ones throughout the years. We had a packed house at the Chester County Historical Society and enjoyed the after-party at Side Bar. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and the audience who cheered the competitors on.

You can watch Aaron's winning story below or click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel to watch all the stories told on the night. 

We will announce the 2017 West Chester Story Slam schedule and themes by December 1. The best way to keep up to date and insure you have advance notice about upcoming events is to join our Newsletter List by clicking HERE.

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The 2016 GRAND SLAM is November 1st! Order Tickets Today!

The 2016 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, 8pm,  and the theme is "Promises!" Once again, we are thrilled that the event will be held at the Chester County Historical Society in downtown West Chester.

All the winners of West Chester Story Slam from the 2016 season have been invited to attend. Our expected lineup of storytellers for the GRAND SLAM are: Rich Eagles, Aaron Mills, Cynthia Angst, Steve Clark, Melinda Davis, Peter Cunniffe, Dara Zuckernick, Diane Yannick, Jane Butler, Tom Bottiger, David Winston and Nick Kupsey.

We do expect tickets for this event to sell out and we will NOT have tickets available at the door. Please order your tickets by clicking HERE.

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Our "WTF?" Story Slam Ends in a Tie! GRAND SLAM Tickets on Sale Now!

Co-winners David Smith and Nick Kupsey jokingly pose with the winning pint glass!

Co-winners David Smith and Nick Kupsey jokingly pose with the winning pint glass!

Nick Kupsey and David Smith were the co-winners of our October Story Slam, which was themed "WTF?" Nick told the hilarious story of learning the urban legend for twenty years about his brother. David told the funny story of his first day as a newsroom videographer and how he found himself shooting the most unusual and embarrassing emergency situation.

We heard ten fun stories that left the storytellers thinking WTF! Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges and the rowdy audience - perhaps the rowdiest - for cheering all our storytellers on tonight.

You can watch the two winning stories below or check out all the stories on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

Nick and Dave join our other winning storytellers on Tuesday, November 1st, 8pm, for the 2016 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM! The theme is Promises! This event will be held at the Chester County Historical Society and tickets are on sale now. We expect this event to sell out and we will not have tickets at the door so please order now by clicking HERE.

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