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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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Tom Bottiger wins our "Risk" Story Slam!

Tom Bottiger took home the prized pint glass tonight with his story of wearing a unique Halloween costume for a party at a legendary local bar. The theme of the night was Risk! Tom's win earned him a slot in the 2016 West Chester Story Slam Grand Slam, which will take place at the Chester County Historical Society on Tuesday, November 1st.

Our Risk stories tonight brought tears of laughter and and made us cringe. We heard about visiting a biker bar in South Carolina, escapades in France, sneaking into a World Series Game, getting away with daytime drinking as a kid, traveling through Russia, experiencing the joy of witnessing a brother's pain, jumping off of buildings that are too high to impress a girl, and having a bathing suit stolen while in a shower.

Our next Story Slam is themed "WTF?" and will be held on Tuesday, October 11th. Tickets can be ordered by clicking HERE

Check out Tom's winning story below. You can watch other stories told on the night by clicking over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

 

 

 

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Diane and Jane win our "Lost" Story Slam!

Diane Yannick and Jane Butler pose with the prized pint glass!

Diane Yannick and Jane Butler pose with the prized pint glass!

Diane Yannick and Jane Butler are co-winners of our August Story Slam! Diane told the chilling story about losing her innocence in grade school. Jane told the story of growing up on a massive nature preserve in the Hudson Valley. They have both earned slots in the Grand Slam which is being held on November 1st!

Our "Lost" Story Slam was pretty intense. We heard stories about caring for dying loved ones and friends, and for other people we've lost. We heard about getting lost in North Philly and being lost in Big Ugly Creek, West Virginia. We heard about the frustration of losing board games and being lost at sea.

Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges and the enthusiastic crowd!

You can watch the two winning stories below. Caution: Diane's story has sexually explicit content. Watch all the stories from the night on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

Tickets for the September 13th Story Slam, themed "Risk," are available now on our Tickets page.

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Our "Lost" Story Slam is August 9th!

July 19th Update: Seats for the August 9th Story Slam have sold out. Thank you. We have some Standing Room Only tickets available as of this writing. Check our Tickets page.

On Tuesday, August 9th, we're listening to stories on the theme of "Lost!" We want to hear stories about being lost geographically, metaphorically, and other ways also! Have you been lost on the Appalachian Trail? Lost while hitchhiking in a foreign country? Have you been lost in life - perhaps after a divorce or the loss of a job? Have you ever gotten lost and then stumbled onto something amazing?

Join us Tuesday, August 9th at Side Bar and Restaurant at 8pm for our "Lost" Story Slam!

For inspiration, here is one of our favorite stories about getting lost!

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Dara Zuckernick wins our "Joy" Story Slam!

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Dara Zuckernick wins our "Joy" Story Slam!

Dara Zuckernick won our "Joy" Story Slam with her personal tale of different hairstyles and the moment that led her to keep her hair short. Dara won our prized pint glass and earned a slot in our Grand Slam, which will take place November 1st.

Our "Joy" Story Slam had moments of hilarity and moments of touching remembrances. We heard about having to say no to one very dangerous job, and being very happy afterwards. We heard about going from being homeless to achieving a travel dream. We listened to stories about lost loved ones and joyful remembrances. We heard about the joy of marriage and the joy of divorce, from two different storytellers of course.

Thanks to all our storytellers tonight, particularly to those first-timers who took to the mic. Big thanks to our judges and everyone who came out and cheered on tonight's stories!

Our next Story Slam is scheduled for August 9th and the theme is "Lost." Order your tickets by clicking HERE

Check out Dara's winning story below. To watch other stories told at the "Joy" Story Slam, click on through to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

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Our "Joy" Story Slam is July 12th!

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Our "Joy" Story Slam is July 12th!

Our July 12th Story Slam is themed "Joy!" Our Story Slam takes place at Side Bar and Restaurant in downtown West Chester. We start telling stories at 8pm, but come early for the best seats and to grab some food and pint. Pick up your tickets by clicking HERE!

What type of stories fit the theme of "Joy?" We want to hear about the most intensely happy moment in your life. Tell us about how escaping from a difficult situation brought you personal joy. Without pain, there can not be Joy. Did you struggle to achieve a life goal? What is one thing in your life that made you elated? Did you escape a bad marriage only to find love later in life? Perhaps you quit a horrible job to start your own business? Where do you find joy? Do you have a special happy place? Maybe you have a story about your friend named Joy? Perhaps you have a story about dealing with bipolar disorder, and weave between depression and joy. Tell us about your search for joy, and how you discovered happiness, 

If you are new to Story Slam and are thinking of telling a story, you can check out the rules page and listen to our podcast or watch stories on our YouTube channel.

Remember, our Story Slams often sell out so please order your tickets early. Click HERE to get your tickets! We'll see you July 12th! 

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Peter Cunniffe Wins our "Betrayal" Slam!

Peter Cunniffe poses with emcee Mikey Gleason and the prized pint glass!

Peter Cunniffe poses with emcee Mikey Gleason and the prized pint glass!

Peter Cunniffe told the story of how he grew to love his family dog and how one horrible event left Peter feeling as though he betrayed the pet. His powerful story gave Peter the win for our "Betrayed" Story Slam, and Peter took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the November 1st Grand Slam. (Peter happens to be the 2015 Delco Grand Slam champion.)

We heard a wide variety of Betrayal stories, some hilarious while others were really touching. We heard about fibbing to our children about holidays and the betrayal of being abused by a stepmother. We listened to a tale about spouses running from wild dogs and being chased by an alligator. We heard about college jobs with a shady moving company and the television role of a lifetime and how both led to a moment of betrayal. We heard about having the cops surround an innocent person's house and pranking a kid in grade school only to be repaid years later.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and all who came out to cheer on the stories. Our next Story Slam is themed "Joy" and will be held on the second floor of Side Bar and Restaurant on Tuesday, July 12th at 8pm. Order your tickets by clicking HERE.

Watch Pete's winning story below. To watch other stories told from the Betrayal Story Slam, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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