Since we started our story slams in Ottawa bout a year ago now, I'm quite hooked on them. The competition is fun but not essential. The fun part is hearing all of the stories, the audience reactions. Also, because you get time penalties if you go over five minutes, you get lots of practice in shaping stories for that amount of time. There are benefits to that for sure. You get to know what stories will work in that time length and what stories will not. You also get to have a repertoire of stories that are short and easy to pull out if you are asked to give people a five minute tale. Come to the bytown museum for 7 PM tonight thursday August 25. Admission is free and the tellers will all be wonderful and all telling stories that mention our city in some way.