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), 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. At the end of the evening, the audience votes for their favorite story. 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 

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LIVE EVENT INFORMATION

Start time is 7:00 pm sharp.

Out of respect for our storytellers, late comers for indoor events will not be admitted until intermission. If you are interested in getting on stage, please contact us in advance or arrive by 6:45 to get your name in the hat. If you are trying to get on stage the evening of the event, please find Victoria when you arrive to get set up.

TICKET PRICE VARIES FOR EACH EVENT

Tickets are available through this website, and 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 and would like to get on stage, please contact Victoria in advance. We will make certain you have access to purchase a ticket. Please do not let the cost of tickets prevent you from attending. Volunteer opportunities are available in exchange for admission.

OUTDOOR LIVE EVENTS UNDER THE STARS AT IVINS CITY PARK

These FREE community building events begins with bluegrass music provided by Stillhouse Road and a bring-your-own-picnic party, where potential storytellers put their names in the hat in hopes of being one of the ten people chosen to share their tale on stage. These events feature experienced and amatuer tellers. So if you’re interested in getting on stage, or to find out more about us, please contact Victoria through this website.

 EVENT DATE APRIL 30, 2022

The evening starts at 7 pm with a BYOP (bring your own picnic) and Stllhouse Road bluegrass music. Stories start at 7:30.

THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS:

SILVER LINING

Prepare a 5 minute story about optimism. Has a gloomy situation revealed a rosy interior? Has a bit of Pollyannaism comforted you in a time of disappointment? Has a set-back contained the potential for beneficial outcome? Perhaps an unfortunate event has enticed you to look on the bright side. Do tell.

 SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR BRADY UDALL WILL TELL HIS STORY ON STAGE!

Coyote Tales is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author, Brady Udall will be sharing a tale on the Coyote Tales’ stage. His widely anthologized stories and non-fiction have been published in journals and magazines such as Story, Esquire, GQ and The Paris Review. He is the author of a short story collection, Letting Loose the Hounds, and two novels, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, which was an international bestseller and translated into more than twenty languages, and The Lonely Polygamist, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Mr. Udall’s appearance is made possible with generous funding from Utah Humanities and Utah Division of Arts and Museums

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

Please no standup routines or rants.

LIVE EVENT DATE JUNE 2022  LOCATION TBD

THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS: REDEMPTION

Prepare a 5 minute story about salvation, deliverance or rescue. Do you have a story of atonement or reparation? What desperate things have you done in search of redress? Perhaps you have felt the need to be penitent, make amends, or apologize. Share your experience of restoration in moments both great and small on the Coyote Tales stage.

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Please no standup routines or rants.

LIVE EVENT DATE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH IN CONJUNCTION WITH IVINS CITY HERITAGE DAYS FESTIVAL

(tentative date)

THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS: OFF THE RAILS

Prepare a 5 minute story about derailment. Have you had an experience where everything was going great until…? Have your best laid plans been thwarted in some way? Has a perfect day suddenly taken a turn for the worse? Maybe someone or something once controlled, has gone askew?

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

Please no standup routines or rants.

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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