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Story Slam

Whitaker Center presents
Harrisburg Story Slam!


If you like telling stories, hearing stories, or just fun in general, you will definitely want to check out Harrisburg Story Slam presented by Whitaker Center! New for 2020, this event series will be held at Whitaker Center

A Story Slam is a great excuse for anyone 21+ to get on stage and tell the crowd one of their favorites. Each month has its own theme and own winners.  Watch for themes coming soon!

Official Rules for the Harrisburg Story Slam:

  • Storytellers register upon arrival. Names are drawn out of a shaker cup to decide who competes and order of presentation. About 10 – 12 storytellers can compete per night.
  • Stories must fit into the theme of the night! See schedule below.
  • Stories should be true as you remember it.
  • Stories should be five minutes in length.
  • No notes, no props, no music.
  • Three judges from the community are selected in advance. Each storyteller receives a score on a scale of 1-10 for three different criteria: content, presentation, and adherence to the theme. The storyteller with the highest scores wins the night and is given a spot in November’s Grand Slam! 
  • If you win once, we invite you to return and compete; you just won't be awarded points.
  • This event is strictly 21 and over.
  • Cost of ticket $10 at the door (cash only), $8 online in advance (choose will call when checking out). 
  • Remember- street parking is free after 5PM in downtown Harrisburg!
  • When signing up to tell a story, storytellers are asked to sign a release stating they are okay with having the story posted on YouTube. Storytellers retain all rights to their stories. Questions? Chat with us at the registration table or email us. 

2020 Story Slam Pass

On sale soon!

2020 Story Slam Schedule (all begin at 7:30pm)

Dates and topic themes coming soon!

Tickets are required for both performers and spectators.This event is strictly 21+. Tickets are $8 in advance online (choose "will call" when checking out), $10 at the door (cash only).  


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