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​Do you like to hear stories told live? We do!

Or do you have a story to tell? We want to hear it!


Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour and PBS-TV's "Stories From the Stage,"
Flathead Story Concerts share pre-selected and inspiring true experience essays,
short stories or excerpts from novels or memoirs from multiple tellers.


These are curated and themed spoken word events; not open-mic storytelling.


Flathead Story Concerts return to 

Sacred Waters Brewing in Kalispell :

Tuesdays 5/21 & 9/17 

- 6-7:15pm (doors open at 5:30)

Free community events -- ages 18+ recommended


Flathead Story Concerts curators & hosts: 

Barbara & Glenn Schiffman **


Email us at story23fvcc@gmail.com 

or FOLLOW below  to get notices of dates

and Flathead Valley locations for upcoming 

live 2024 story concerts!


Also -- -- if you'd like help creating your stories to submit for 

2024 story concerts, check out our new monthly online storycrafting workshops 

(free, via Zoom) for potential FSC Tellers - see event dates & details

at Event Pages or email us at story23fvcc@gmail.com

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Flathead Story Concerts Sponsors include:

• Authors of the Flathead ~ writers helping writers, free weekly seminars ~ www.authorsoftheflathead.org

• The Bookshelf ~ new books by MT authors + used books in downtown Kalispell ~ www.bookshelfmt.business.site

• My Glacier Village ~ connecting, inspiring & supporting local seniors  ~ www.myglacier.helpfulvillage.com

• Sacred Waters Brewing ~ craft beers, great food & more ~ www.sacredwatersbrewing.com


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For details on submitting YOUR story (6-8 minutes total tell-time; 900-1200 written words) 

for potential participation in 2024 Story Concerts,

READ OUR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES below, 

email us at: story23fvcc@gmail.com or attend 

one of our free "How to Craft Your Story" online workshops for potential tellers

(email us for workshop dates and reservations).


Also read our blog post (below) about what we 

mean by "true stories" for Flathead Story Concerts.


2024 Community Story Events & Storycrafting Workshops

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2024

Now Seeking Stories for Upcoming Event Consideration

We believe everyone has a story -- true or fictional 

-- and we want to hear YOURS!



>> THEMES FOR 2024 SPRING & FALL EVENTS

-- submitted stories must fit either (or both) of our 2024 themes:


"All in the Family" (biological families or otherwise)
          or

"Firsts & Lasts" (think: the First time... (or) the Last time...)

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You don't need to be a published or aspiring WRITER to participate. 

Some of the best stories we've heard are from ordinary folks with 

"universal" or extraordinary experiences or tales to share!

Our Story Concerts are also an effective and fun way

for writers who do book signings or readings to practice
verbally sharing your short stories or book excerpts.

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HOW TO SUBMIT:  

To be a Teller in one of our 2024 Story Concerts, 

submit your true story or short fiction / memoir excerpt

in writing (900-1200 written words = 6-8 minutes tell-time).


Include your full name, phone and email 

plus word count and telling-time minutes 

at the top of your written submission's first page.


There is no charge to submit your story or excerpt.


Submit completed stories only (not stories in-progress 

or in need of major editing for time and clarity) 

by email to us at story23fvcc@gmail.com

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STORY TYPES WE REVIEW & CONSIDER:

* True personal experience essays (YOURS = 1st person)

* Short or Flash Fiction (900-1200 words)

* Novel excerpts (unpublished = OK)

* Memoir excerpts (a portion of YOUR story)


WHAT WE ACCEPT & DO NOT ACCEPT IN CONTENT:

We seek true or fictional stories that can inspire and entertain all ages. 

They can be serious or humorous, but should be

memorable and (generally) uplifting.


Our events are "family friendly" -- but our stories are 

not  "anecdotes" or kid-lit tales. They need to have universal appeal 

and a message with a clear beginning, middle and conclusion.


True stories should have an opening "hook" and 

lead to a conclusion that shares what you learned from

this experience as well as your story's "takeaway" 

meaning for Listeners.


Exceptions: "Colorful language" is acceptable (within reason), 

but we will not consider adult-only (pornographic, abusive or violent) 

material or overtly offensive language.  All stories 

must also be religion-political-gender issue neutral!

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HOW LONG SHOULD STORIES BE:

Tell-Time = 6-8 minutes avg. per Teller

This equals approx. 900-1200 written words. 


RE TIMING for live telling: Practice your story out loud 

and TIME IT before submitting to us.
If it is too short or too long we will not consider it 

without revisions or editing by you.

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SUBMIT  VIA EMAIL -- AS ATTACHMENTS:
Formats accepted: Word doc/docx files or PDFs only.
Any other formats will not be reviewed.


SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE:

WORD COUNT + STORY TELL-TIME MINUTES,

YOUR FULL NAME, EMAIL, PHONE 

(in email text & also on attachment)


EMAIL SUBJECT LINE = "Story Concert submission"


After we get your submission -- 

We'll email-reply that we've received it (via story23fvcc@gmail.com).


If you do not get a notice of receipt from us within a week,
please SUBMIT again or phone us to make sure we got it
(some emails go to spam; always good to check receipt).


If your story has potential for a 2024 event, we will notify you 

by phone or email -- make sure we have your name and contact info!


HOW DOES IT WORK?

If your story is selected for potential participation, we will reach you to schedule a 

verbal "audition" by Zoom. If you're then invited to share it in an upcoming Story Concert,
we will expect you to promote  your event to friends, family and local groups you're part of. 


We may also ask you to attend a dress rehearsal  and group sound check at the venue
during the week before the event; if you can't attend, we will rehearse you separately.

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WILL YOU NEED TO MEMORIZE YOUR STORY?

No. Unlike other spoken word events -- i.e. The Moth, Tell Us Something-Missoula 

or Pivot Spokane -- we DO NOT require you to memorize your story 

or tell it live without notes.


But you must be familiar enough with telling it out loud

to do so comfortably within our 6-8 minute timeframe.


We will provide editing suggestions &/or presentation coaching to invited Tellers if/as needed.

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NEW - STORY CRAFTING WORKSHOPS

We want to help potential FSC tellers create and prepare stories for us. 


RESERVE A SPACE in our new free Story Incubator online workshops.  


Workshop space via Zoom is free but is limited to 12.

Email us for dates/details & to RSVP.

 

What we cover also applies for submitting to story events in 

Missoula and Spokane, or to The Moth or Stories From the Stage 

which air on radio or TV.

 

If you need public speaking training, we can recommend local or online resources 

for you, including local Toastmasters groups.

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QUESTIONS: Call Barbara Schiffman at 747-238-0038.
Leave your full name + phone# -- say you're calling about Story Concerts - thanks!


Testimonials

WHAT OUR STORY FANS SAY ABOUT US!
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Re your 8/15 Story Concet: Success! Good job. 💫 Always enjoy Glenn’s Native American stories. A very interesting perspective being on the outside yet very in!

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Michele Luke (artist & author)
8/15 FSC - Kalispell MT
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Thank you so much for holding the story concert last night! What an exciting concept that took boldness to present to a valley hungry for what they didn’t know they were hungry for! My mother and I enjoyed it very much.

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Sharon Riley
8/15 FSC - Kalispell MT
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"I’ve received so much positive feedback from people about the entire presentation of tellers! Big hit. I had 13 guests there. I love how many new connections I made with you two and the other students too."

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Ananda (Kalispell)
FVCC class & 4/27 "Nat'l Tell a Story Day" Teller
testimonial

"I'm so grateful that you have re-awakened the storyteller in me. I'm very excited about the Story Concerts to come and participating. I feel like a six year old on the night before Christmas."

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RJ Young (Oregon & Kalispell)
FVCC class & 4/27 "Nat'l Tell a Story Day" Teller
testimonial

"I cannot say enough about how much the storyteling class affected me, nor can I ever thank you enough for your guidance and encouragement."

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Rebecca Ashcraft (Polson)
FVCC class & 4/27 "Nat'l Tell a Story Day" Teller

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