Advocate’s Next Storytelling Event

Every couple months, the Advocate looks forward to bringing members of the community together and hearing their stories. Each event promises an enthusiastic crowd, and a combination of returning storytellers and new voices.

In November, we heard true tales about breaking the rules – an organic farmer who tried to break her car out of “jail,” a man who stole a cowbell, only to realize he was no cowboy, a touching tale of youth, and the simple beauty of being somewhere you shouldn’t, with people you love. There were many more; if we’ve learned anything, it’s that Corvallisites have no shortage of stories worth telling.

Our next storytelling night is coming up at Cloud and Kelly’s on January 16. This month’s theme will be Fish Out of Water. Ever feel out of place, awkward, or like you just don’t belong? We all have.

In an interview with Mental Floss, longtime host of The Moth podcast, Dan Kennedy, had this to say about embracing discomfort: “Someone explained to me once that, as mammals, we’re wired to not draw attention to ourselves for survival. And when you go up in front of hundreds of other mammals, your body tends to tell you it’s not a good idea, and it’s just really wiring about survival.”

If you feel nervous to tell a story, it’s natural. If you get up to tell us about a time you felt like a fish out of water, you may actually feel, again, like a fish out of water. But we’ll be rooting for you. Participants and listeners alike will be there for support, to embrace your humor and to appreciate your vulnerability.

We welcome all participants and ask that you follow just a couple guidelines. Stories must be true, told in 10 minutes or less, and follow the theme. The rest is up to you.

Join us for this free event at Cloud and Kelly’s on January 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information email

By Anika Lautenbach