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Have you ever been "schooled?"

pitch line open 9/22-9/23

Do you have a story to tell? SEF is looking for a few storytellers!

No experience necessary. 
SEF invites residents, ages 14+, to tell their story.


Your story should be true.
Your story should be about something that has happened to you (or something that has affected you, or something you have personal knowledge of) that falls under the theme of “Schooled.”
Call (339) 526-4338 and leave a recorded 1(ish)-minute summary of your story. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, and an email address. The window for submission is 9/22-9/23. Sorry, we are not able to grant any extensions. Selected performers will be notified via email and on social media 10/1. 

By sharing a 1(ish)-minute version of your story on our pitch line, you agree to commit to the workshop series (to receive coaching from professional storytellers from Massmouth), a rehearsal, and the final performance timeline listed below. There is no cost for selected participants.

Workshops: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 2-4pm
Brush Up | Cue to Cue: 11/1 at 6:30pm
Performance: 11/3 at 7pm

"the pitch" FAq

What is SEF looking for in a good story?

  • Your story needs to have the potential to be 5-6 minutes long
  • Your story should have a strong start with an interesting lead sentence
  • Your story needs a clear beginning, middle (with a problem or "conflict"), and a clear ending so the audience will know the story is over
  • As a storyteller, you should have inflection in your voice to help connect with the audience

What are some examples of a story about being "Schooled?"

"The day I learned my lesson, the dog cannot go out after 11PM because that’s when the skunks hang out in my back yard..."

"My grandmother taught me how to how to spin a good yarn. Literally, she was a famous weaver but, I never quite got the hang of it until I went to Florence, Italy and saw..."

"I had a teacher who loved to laugh and I never understood the importance of humor in teaching until that moment when…"

"There was a a bully in our neighborhood who liked to take kids' sneakers but then I realized it wasn’t the sneakers that he wanted..."

How many spaces are available for the storytelling event?

There are only 8 spaces available for selected storytellers.

When will I find out if I've been chosen to tell my story live on November 3rd?

When you leave your story recording, please be sure to leave a contact phone number and email address. We will have our final decision by 10/1 and we will announce the selected storytellers via email and our Facebook page