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Guidelines for Storytellers « Tell Fredericksburg

Guidelines for Storytellers


  1. Stories should be no longer than 8 minutes (seriously, we’ll cut you off).

  2. Stories should be clearly related to the show’s theme.

  3. Stories must be TRUE (we’re not interested in a philosophical debate about the nature of truth – works of fiction, tall tales, and dreams can make for terrific stories, but they belong at another venue).

  4. Stories must be told without notes.

We welcome all storytellers will all kinds of true tales to tell, but we ask that you consider the following things when preparing your piece:

  • Who is the main character?
  • What is the conflict? How is it resolved?
  • How is the main character different/changed by the end of the story?

We suggest you practice your story out loud a few times and time yourself. If you have any questions or need any help, please email us.