Swappin’, Stories & Simple Folks

RED Thread Stories is the perfect evening out for anyone interested in a fun and surprising way to share their personal true life stories or just wanting to listen to stories from those who are courageous enough to share.  RED Thread Stories is like Karaoke for people who enjoy stories.  Think Storyokee and you’ll get a picture of what we’re about.  People come to our RED Thread Stories events to laugh, share, listen and be moved by what life is all about…our stories…our loves, our spills, our triumphs and our tragedies. The best part is that you don’t have to be a professional speaker to join us.  You only have to love listening to stories or have a great story to tell.  That’s it…simple, sincere, surprising, and stimulating all in one wonderful evening. I started this RED Thread Stories because I wanted to create a space for people who love to listen and love to tell stories. Remember we love story listeners!  By no means is everyone required to tell their tale.  The stories and storytellers are completely voluntary!

Story Slams are like “reality TV” without the requirement of a boring evening at home in front of a big old screen.  Yep, real life people get up and tell real life stories. You don’t have to be a professional speaker! You only need to have one of two requirements. You need to love telling stories or love listening to stories (you can also do both).  Some folks who visit love to listen and some love to tell. Either way, people love our evenings out. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from October – April at the Uptown Grille in Commerce, MI. Please come check us out!

Stories start at 7:30 p.m. but doors are open at 5:00. We usually sell out so arriving early is a good idea. You can buy tickets for $8.00 at the door or $6.00 online at http://www.redthreadstories.org/buy-tickets/

If you have any questions at all you email [email protected]

Thanks again for checking us out!


Story Slam Soap Box

OK, so let me get on my Storytelling soap box a bit here. Fortunately the world of storytelling slams has brought enormous popularity to the live storytelling art form. The work has been around since, as we know, the beginning of time and while hailed by audiences who attend, the audiences have sometimes been a secluded bunch. The competition format of story slams, that grew out of poetry slams, have brought live tellings into the mainstream where they ought to be. The fact that people’s stories are being publicly evaluated can be uncomfortable, however people like competition. Audiences like it and participants generally like it. All that being said, it is a shame that a story or storyteller ever feels diminished by what eventually comes down to a vote.

We see the story slam format as an opportunity for storytelling to continue to permeate current culture. I have been a professional storyteller for 14 years and have often been disappointed that the art form has not had a wider audience. The slam format currently allows for that. The growth I have seen in the community that I come from and the growth of this new community has been stunning and I am pumped!  I love the attention that the work I have known and loved for so long is being looked at by more eyes, ears, hearts and minds than ever through this “new” approach to storytelling.

Ultimately however, and I think this gets overlooked, the true intension of story slams is to create a space where people can tell stories, hear stories, and be moved and mesmerized by the true power of story. No doubt that competition can sometimes get in the way of seeing that, but that is the original and elemental goal.

I am grateful for the attention that storytelling is getting in the wake of the slam scene. Keep on telling stories!

– Karen Czarnik

What’s a live storytelling slam?

In our definition, a live storytelling slam is an open mic event where random participants from the audience tell their true personal tales.  Remember the old joke “A guy walks into a bar…?”  Well at our storytelling events you’ll do just that.

Step 1 – Walk into the bar.

Step 2 – Order a drink and some delicious eats with friends.

Step 3 – Listen for the MC to call out for stories.

Step 4 – Toss your name into the hat and if your name gets drawn get up and tell your 5 minute or less story.  It’s that easy.

Step 4 (Alternative) – Don’t toss your name into the hat and sit back and listen to the brave storytellers drawn from the hat.

Step 5 – Relax, marvel, laugh, cry and prepare to be mesmerized by the coolest, live entertainment experience since, well…since a guy walked into a bar!  And isn’t that one of the best places you’ve ever heard a story?