We all have a story. Dare to share yours at a future RAW Storytelling live show.
Fill out the form below and you'll be contacted by RAW's founder and host, Enid, with next steps. Enid will provide storytelling coaching before show night and, meanwhile, check out the storytelling tips at the bottom of this page.
February 14th - BAD DATES [Fuck Valentine’s]
MARCH 8TH - SEX [at the world erotic art museum]
march 14th - Altered States
APRIL 11TH - WTF JUST HAPPENED?
MAY 9TH - lies
MAY 18th - Confessions [at harold’s coffee lounge]
june 13th - fathers
stories have beginnings, middles, and ends
Make sure your story is more than just a circumstance. Where were you in life when the story happened? Why do you think the story happened to you at that moment in life? What does the story say about you? What did you learn? These are important points to explore that give depth to your story.
show, don't tell
Amazing storyteller and comedian, Kevin Allison, does an incredible job at explaining the difference between showing a story versus simply telling a story. We highly recommend listening to this tutorial: CLICK HERE.
Speak from memory, but don't over practice
Reading your story or bringing story notes on stage is not allowed. Be prepared to recount your story from memory. We don't recommend trying to memorize your story. Share it as if you're talking to a good friend. After all, true storytelling is about sharing a story as you remember it. Trust your memory as that always makes for more interesting stories than perfectly written ones.
talk in present tense and use proper names
When you share a story, share it as if you're reliving it - not as if you're floating above watching it happen. Use present tense verbs and avoid "he," "she," and "they." By naming the people in your story, you bring us in on the journey. "Mom" is so much stronger than "my mom."
All stories that are important to you should make you feel a little exposed. Dare to be vulnerable. Ask yourself, "how did this story change me?" If you can't answer this question, dig deeper or perhaps it isn't the right story to share.
What's not allowed at RAW
In addition to not reading [as opposed to speaking] your story on stage, we do not allow: standup routines, lectures, sales pitches, rants, fictional stories or a recounting of somebody else's story. We also do not allow stories that include: racism, homophobia, misogyny, imitating accents from a culture that is not yours or any form of hate speech. Cursing and explicit stories are allowed!
What Our Fans Are Saying
Going through the process of sharing at RAW Storytelling reminded me more about who I am. Thank you for letting me take the stage and be part of this movement.
Ash Johns - Spiritual Guide and Strategist