Back by popular demand, This Really Happened returns to the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festivalwith its special brand of riveting true stories and kick-ass raconteurs on stage. Come hear stories about reinventions, reincarnations, and major rewrites. Get your tickets early as last year’s event sold out!
April 26th, 2013 8pm – 10 pm at the Hotel Opus, 10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, $10
- Felipe Castaneda on getting drafted in Colombia
- Lesley Buxton on a daughter’s diagnosis
- Jeff Gandell on being hot for teacher
- Michelle Syba on a trip to the jungle with her mom
- Matt Goldberg on a surprising outcome of a rite of passage
- Joshua Levy on a swim across a lake
- Andrea Stanford on becoming a mother in chaotic circumstances
Blue Metropolis Call for Submissions!
This Really Happened will be holding its next nonfiction storytelling evening on April 26th at the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal.
We’re looking for stories on the theme of TRANSFORMATIONS: stories about reinventions, reincarnations, and major rewrites. We want to hear your Jekyll and Hyde stories; from drastic physical makeovers and major career changes to your dream date who turned out to be a psychopath.
All stories are told without notes. To submit, please send us a summary of the story you wish to tell as well as a brief description of who you are. The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself! You do not need to be a seasoned performer – you just need to have a good story to tell.
Selections lean heavily towards well-developed narrative with insight – it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened. We also want to know: What was the story ultimately about? What is the meaning of what happened? Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.
If you are interested in telling a story, please send your story summary to: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22nd, 2013
Our next event is coming up January 22nd!
We have a stellar line-up:
Anna Jane McIntyre on traveling solo, age 9
Gina Roitman on a mother’s life-saving decision
Matthew Fireman on a houseful of dead skunks
Jeff Gandell on shaming politicians and taking it back
Jane Martin on debating Catholicism
Paul McAdams on facing death in Gaza
Nicola Danby on when a good pen pal goes wrong
and Joel Yanofsky: Father Doesn’t Know Best
5295 Parc AKA “Joseph’s Bar”
Do you have a story to tell? We’d love to hear it!
This Really Happened will be holding the next nonfiction storytelling evening on January 22nd 2013 in Montreal. All stories are now told without notes.
There is no set theme to the evening, just send us your best true story. Stories should be no more than 7 minutes long.
To submit please send us a short summary of your story, along with a short bio telling us who you are. You do not need to be a seasoned performer – you just need to have a good story to tell.
For those of you who are new to submitting, or need a quick refresher, we are looking for well-developed narratives, i.e. stories should have a beginning, middle, and end.
Remember: it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened.
We also want to know:
What was the story ultimately about?
What is the meaning of what happened?
Were the main characters transformed in any way?
Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.
The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself. We use the summaries to make our choices so tell us your best details!
If you are interested in telling a story, please submit the summary to: email@example.com by December 20th 2012.
A Socialist commune in Vancouver. A taxidermied monkey. A guy called Vern. Listen to Jeremy Wexler‘s story “Taxidermy” here: http://carte-blanche.org/taxidermy-audio/
Clothesline wars, mysterious threats, and a police escort—a bad neighbour can make your life hell. Listen to Jane Martin’s story about her nightmare neighbours and the revenge scheming that went on between them here: http://carte-blanche.org/the-devil-downstairs-audio/
When Monique Polak wanted to write a story based on her mother’s experiences during the holocaust, her mother gave her one rule. And Monique broke it. Listen to Monique’s story here: http://carte-blanche.org/getting-my-mothers-story/
For Taylor Tower middle school was full of awful moments and one very memorable bloody nose. Listen to her story here: http://carte-blanche.org/i-know-you-want-to-be-like-them-conflict/
Maria Schamis Turner talk about how she survived the “Deenie” years. Listen here: http://carte-blanche.org/the-deenie-years/
When he was 16 years old, Trevor Ferguson worked as a timekeeper for the Great Slave Lake Railway in Northern Alberta until he had a near death experience. Hear his story here: http://carte-blanche.org/nine-kegs-of-nails-audio/
Regretfully, due to a technical problem the audio for Jessica Salomon’s story is unavailable.
TRH was featured in a great article on the new storytelling scene in Canada. Check it:
” carte blanche magazine’s This Really Happened was a reminder that storytelling events can achieve a rock show-like atmosphere–a good rock show, I mean–when the conditions are right.”
Thanks to everyone for coming out and making our Blue Met event such a smash success! A sold out crowd and the best stories yet! Here are some pics…