Submit a theme
StorySlam Oakland is a live, true storytelling show on a theme. Featuring selected storytellers plus open-mic stories from the audience.
This month's theme is: "In Transit."
Featured Storytellers: To Be Announced
Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a true, personal story of your own on this month's theme. If you get chosen, you will have up to 5 minutes to tell it. No notes or reading allowed! You will hear a bell at 5 minutes, indicating it's time to end your story.
StorySlam is also a community as well as a friendly competition. We'll have two featured storytellers, and three volunteer judges just so we can give away our informal prizes. Prizes are awarded at the end of the show. If you're interested in being one of our volunteer judges, send us an email.
Come early and enjoy dinner and drinks at Sweet Bar Bakery, an Oakland favorite. They serve beer & wine, non-alcoholic and coffee drinks; pizza, sandwiches, salads, homemade pastries and desserts.
Buy your ticket in advance for a seat. Doors open at 6:30 for ticket holders, so you can enjoy dinner and a beverage before the show. You can also get in at the door, and pay a sliding scale $5-to-$20 entry fee. But seats are reserved for those who buy a ticket in advance.
All the unclaimed seats will be released to Standing-Room-Only patrons right before the show starts.
Get on the mailing list for a chance to be a judge or a Featured Storyteller at a future show, and to keep up with all the fun stuff we do.
StorySlam is an all-ages show, but we are not about to tell the storytellers to watch their mouths.
Younger folks are welcome, but they may come home with some new knowledge and colorful language.
Tickets are refundable up to ONE day before the event.
Note: If we're sold out online, you can still get tickets for standing-room only at the door.
Every first Saturday of the month at Layover in Oakland, Spontaneous Storytelling is an interactive social event combining the fun of meeting new people with telling and hearing true stories.
An icebreaker game warms you up and gets you talking to people. Next, we pick themes from suggestions from the audience.
Then, we take turns getting up and telling our stories until all the drink tickets are gone.
Put your name in the hat, and if you get picked to tell your story, you'll win a free drink!
Next show: Saturday, Sept. 1, and every First Saturday of the Month,
at: Layover, 1517 Franklin St., Oakland.