November Story Slam to focus on ‘Thanks for the Memories’ theme


JOHNSON CITY (November 8, 2013) – “Thanks for the Memories” is the theme of this month’s “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam,” which will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 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 giving thanks for something or perhaps of “memories that simply bring a warm glow of recollection,” 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 “Thanks for the Memories” theme, and no longer than 10 minutes.

Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and seven 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

direct edit