To celebrate the traditions of storytelling, the ETSU Storytelling Program and the ETSU Department of Communication and Performance will present the Re-Generation Story Slam.

Much like a poetry slam, participants take the stage to share their own stories as long as the stories follow certain guidelines.

According to the flyer for the event, the stories must be true, or mostly true, they must be told in 10 minutes or less.

Stories should be told from memory and must follow a certain theme, which is determined before the slam.

The first slam of the semester will take place at the Nelson Fine Arts Center on Friday at 8 p.m. The theme for this slam is “Faithful.”

The event description for the slam said, “Faithful stories may include tales of staying true or astounding loyalty” and to “bring stories about faithful friends, pets, comrades or partners.”

Although stories are supposed to stick to the theme, it is up for creative interpretation.

Those who wish to share stories will put their name in a hat before the slam begins.

Seven names are drawn, and those seven people compete for a cash prize.

The prize amount depends on the amount of money collected at the beginning of each slam.

Upon entry to the event, participants and observers are asked to make a $5-$10 donation.

If someone cannot afford to donate that amount, any donation, including pocket change, will be accepted.

Half of the money collected goes to the winner of the Story Slam and the rest of the money goes to the Nelson Fine Art Center.

Three audience members either volunteer or are chosen to be judges for the competition.

Once the competition is over, anyone else who wishes to share a story may do so.

Audience members are also encouraged to “Bring Your Own Booze” and should be aware that this is an adult event and, “Stories may be hot!”

The next Re-Generation Story Slam is on Friday, March 18, at the same time and place, but with a different theme: “Lucky Charms.” The event will also follow the same itinerary and guidelines.

Those with questions may call 439-7606 or visit