EVERYONE HAS A STORY

The tradition of oral storytelling has existed long before written works. Something deep and significant is conveyed through the relating of a well-crafted, well-told first person story. Many times these stories have served as a way to preserve history and explore and impact our emotions as individuals and communities. Storytelling is a powerful means of entertainment, education and cultural preservation. Coyote Tales hopes to perpetuate the art of storytelling while entertaining the listener with a unique and intimate experience.

Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Each event has a theme, on which stories are to be based. Potential storytellers may address that theme in any way they choose. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), and work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their name in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their story. If chosen, the storyteller takes the stage to delight the audience. Stories must be true, told live, within the given time frame (5 minutes). They must be told without notes, props, or accompaniment.

Coyote Tales is our take on “The Moth” live storytelling events.  The original Moth events were inspired by porch storytelling parties attended by author, George Dawes Green.  The concept has spawned worldwide live oral storytelling performances, a PRX radio program and a book. This is our take on these ideas.  For more information on The Moth, please check out their website @ https://www.themoth.org 

LIVE EVENT INFORMATION

If you are interested in getting on stage, we recommend that you contact us in advance. It helps us plan the show to know how many tellers want to get on stage. Storytelling coaches are available to help you craft your tale if you would like to work with one.  If you would like would to get on stage the evening of the show, please arrive by 6:30 and find Victoria .  Out of respect for our storytellers, late comers for indoor events will not be admitted until intermission.

For ticketed events, tickets will be available through this website and the host venue’s website. Tickets may also be available at the door the evening of the event. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Previous events have sold out. If you have a story to tell, but can not purchase a ticket, please contact Victoria and we will make certain that you are admitted. Please do not let the cost of tickets prevent you from attending. Volunteer opportunities are available in exchange for admission.

Due to the ‘live’  unscripted nature of our events, some listeners may find subject matter challenging.

PLEASE REMEMBER, YOUR STORY MUST BE YOUR STORY

Were you there? Are you the main character? Your participation in the story as it happened is essential.  We are after true, first person narrative stories told within the given time frame.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT KAYENTA 

Pre-show party: 6:30pm (event ticket required for admission)
Storytelling: 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 (includes pre-show party/ ALL TICKET HOLDERS ARE WELCOME)

THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS:

MAKING PEACE

Prepare a 5-minute story about finding resolution, offering an olive branch or surrendering to the greater good. Have you ever negotiated for peace with a nation, a notion, or a neighbor? Tell us about coming to terms, meeting in the middle or waving the white flag. Do you ever want to just give peace a chance?

James Beard Award-winning food writer and author Kim Foster, America’s premier cult-director and independent film maker, Trent Harris and singer/songwriter, David Lindes will join seven other local and amateur storytellers to share their takes on out theme. We are delighted that OUTSIDE MAGAZINE will be on hand to record a portion of our show for future broadcast on their popular podcast, OUTSIDE

100% of  proceeds from ticketed events have been donated to local nonprofits. All outdoor events are FREE.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT KAYENTA 

Pre-show party: 6:30pm (event ticket required for admission)
Storytelling: 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 (includes pre-show party/ ALL TICKET HOLDERS ARE WELCOME)

THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS:

GIFTS

Prepare a 5 minute story about giving or receiving. Finding exactly the right thing or failing miserably. Grace in the wake of an unwated gift or your joy in receiving the thing your heart desires. Or perhaps, a gif from the gods, like snow days, great aim, your dad’s smile, your mom’s love of strays (and the kitten she let you keep). It’s the thought that counts!

everyone has a story

All proceeds from ticketed events have been donated to local nonprofits. All outdoor events are FREE.

Tips for Storytelling Greatness

Follow these Simple Guidelines

Get started telling your tale!

A Strong Start

Have a clear, engaging and attention grabbing opening. You want to snare the audience’s attention. You want to bring them along with you when you share your tale.

A Clear Path

The best stories have a natural arc. A clear beginning, - the action or conflict, - a resolution or closure - and finally, describe how the experience affected or changed you, the teller.

Own It

Use your own voice and language. This is your story.

Focus

Too much detail can cloud the narrative. You want enough detail to make it real, but not so much that it is overwhelming.

Know It

Practice your story but don’t memorize it! Practice enough so that you are comfortable. Know your major points but have fun with the details.

Need Some Help?

For help developing your story, we’ve lined up a few storytelling pros to assist you.
Douglas Caputo

Douglas Caputo

Actor, Teacher, Director
John Harrison

John Harrison

Utah Storytellers Guild; President, Dixie Tellers

Phone: 970-778-5281

Questions?

For questions about the event or telling your story on stage, please contact us by filling out this form.

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