The Moth StorySLAM
It's difficult to say exactly what makes a winning story, beyond some inscrutable combination of construction, the storyteller's personality, and other circumstances, such as when during the evening a storyteller is picked to share her story. Of two recent StorySLAM winners, one humorously recounted a series of jobs she held that lacked integrity, including one under a "crazy drunk" boss who loudly accosted Michael Dell, of Dell Inc., at a formal gala. Another month's winner told comically how he spectacularly botched a swimming race and nearly drowned. Not all the stories are funny, though, nor need be. Part of the evening's fun and surprise arises from the variety of its offerings.
[Originally published in May, 2012.]