The Story People of Clallam County will offer a participatory Studium Generale on October 17, at 12:35 pm in The Little Theater at Peninsula College. For more than a decade, The Story People of Clallam County have given an introduction to the internationally-renowned Forest Storytelling Festival, which is held at Peninsula College. This year, they are inviting students and other audience members to participate in the telling.
This year they will introduce a form of storytelling, called the story slam, which has been popularized by The Moth on NPR. A theme will be announced in advance, and anyone who wants to tell a true, six- minute story from their life experience related to the theme can throw their name in the hat. The emcee will draw names, and those selected will take the stage to tell their story. Most slams feature judges who score the stories, and declare a winner at the end of the event. However, the “Slam at Studium” will not be judged.
PC Professor Dr. Lara Starcevich has been collaborating with Erran Sharpe, of Story People of Clallam County, to bring students in the PC drama classes to the stage. In addition, audience members may be tapped for their “telling” abilities.
The event is free and open to the public.