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Howl Story Slam hosted by comedian Greg Barris (2022 Kickass Writer's Festival)

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Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Howl Story Slam hosted by comedian Greg Barris (2022 Kickass Writer's Festival)

North Country's favorite Story Slam returns to Saranac Lake as part of the 2022 Kickass Writers Festival!

Hear true, unscripted stories told live on stage at the Waterhole. Anyone can sign up to tell a story, and the winner earns a chance to compete in the Grand Slam!
This event is hosted by hilarious LA-based comedian, Greg Barris. Barris has performed on stages all across the country, opening for comics like Tig Notaro.

How does it work? Storytellers (you, your friends, and anyone else with a story to tell) put their names in a hat. Names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage and tell us their best story in five minutes. We choose a few judges from the audience who score every story to select winners of the night. The first place winner will get an automatic invitation to the Howl Story Grand Slam at the end of the year. All attendees are expected to follow current safety protocols set by the venues.

What else? All stories have to be true and come from personal experience. No notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? Heck no! Just tell it from the heart! Sign up for the list of storytellers when arriving to the event. Storytellers should plan to sign up in advance of the event start time. Event proceeds are split between the two organizations on the Howl Team.

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. Check out their websites to see their current offerings.