*Storywallahs, n. “Hinglish” word for “storyteller.”
Last fall, KUOW 94.9FM produced "Two Indias, Near and Far," a six-part series about the Indian experience here in the Pacific Northwest and in Hyderabad, India by Liz Jones. The positive response from listeners inspired KUOW to team up with Tasveer and Pratidhwani and continue the community conversation. So we created Storywallahs: Coming Home.
Inspired by The Moth — a weekly live storytelling show that airs on KUOW — the theme for our first Storywallahs is “misunderstood.” Anyone can sign up for a chance to tell a five-minute story about being misunderstood (or misunderstanding)! Or just come listen to great stories told by folks from the Indian and South Asian community. Scroll down for expert tips on storytelling at this event.
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How To Tell A Story At Storywallahs
- The theme at our May 3 event is “Misunderstood.” Come prepared to share an original story of an experience you’ve had being misunderstood.
- By “prepared,” we mean have it memorized so you don’t have to rely on note cards or a piece of paper. Part of the fun of this event is the connection that you’ll have with the audience without relying on your notes!
- Practice it and practice it until you’ve got your delivery under five minutes.
- Come to Storywallahs and put your name in the hat. If you are one of the lucky 10 storytellers picked, you’ll get five minutes to tell your awesome tale. (Even if you aren’t picked, keep that story close to you. You may find that it can be tweaked for a future Storywallahs!)
- Unlike on The Moth, there are no judges at Storywallahs. We’re interested in telling good stories and having a good time — no winners or losers!
Tips And Tricks And Rules Of The Game
- Create some stakes and think about action. Is this a story that has stuck with you for a while? Why is this story important to you? What are the things that drive this story and make it so important? What do you want the audience to take away?
- Stick to a good, clean ending.
- Your last line should be clear in your head before you start. Bring the audience along with you as you move through the ins and outs of the story, but remember, you are driving the story and must know the final destination!
- Know your story well enough so you can have fun!
- Make an outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you are telling this story to a group of friends.
- No standup routines or rants please. This is storytelling, not a time to practice your comedy routine or get angry or preach about something without some kind of resolution. Something has to happen, and something has to change. Think story = beginning, middle and end.