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September Story Slam to focus on 'Back to School' theme

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JOHNSON CITY (September 19, 2013) – “Back to School” is the theme of this month’s “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam,” which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at The Battery, 601 Spring Street.

Sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Storytelling Program, the Division of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Communication and TaleTellers of ETSU, the Story Slam will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Slam will allow storytellers in the audience to share tales of literally going back to school, or perhaps memories of “educational encounters of the heart and the soul,” according to Dr. Joseph Sobol, professor of Curriculum and Instruction and program coordinator of the master’s degree concentration in storytelling in ETSU’s Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. 

Stories should be true (or mostly true), related to the “Back to School” theme, and no longer than 10 minutes.

Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and five names will be drawn at random.  Judges selected from the audience will pick the winning stories of the night.  The first place winner will receive a cash prize.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10.  This event is not suitable for children.

For more information or special assistance or seating for those with disabilities, contact the ETSU Storytelling Program office at (423) 439-7606 or .