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Published on Aug 6, 2013

The Moth StorySLAM is held every last Tuesday at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville. Storytelling aficionados are encouraged to take the stage and share true life stories before a live audience.

These audience members serve as judges, and one winner is selected from among the storytellers. The Louisville show is hosted by Gabe Bullard and Erin Keane of WFPL-FM.

Topics are broad—for example, "Envy," "Detours," and "Fathers"—and often seasonal, such as "Love Hurts" for February and "Derby" for May. Aspiring storytellers put their names in a hat, and 10 are chosen to participate. Each storyteller gets five minutes.

It's all about the tradition of the spoken word here—no notes on paper are allowed. You're encouraged to rehearse. And make sure it's a story—not a stand-up comedy routine or a rant or an essay you're reading aloud. No experience is needed.

The StorySlam is part of the Peabody Award-winning NPR Moth Radio Hour.

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