Introducing VAMP and So Say We All
From the So Say We All website: A highly-produced multimedia reading series, The VAMP Storytelling Showcase presents an evening of several writers performing works with audio /visual accompaniment revolving around a changing theme. All participants are chosen by blind online submission, given writing and performance workshops to further improve the material and its delivery, and the final product is curated in a featured capacity, monthly since 2009.
So Say We All is therefore another opportunity for you to write a short story, probably tightly related to your personal life experiences, and get a new experience performing your piece. So Say We All and VAMP Long Story Short performances happen each month. This post announces the November presentation and the deadline for submitting a piece to be considered.
Family, tourists, termites, "little green men," even Aunt Flo: Visitors come in many forms. We have all sorts of feelings and reactions towards them. We are them. For better or worse, sometimes they're here to stay.
Send So Say We All your true story!
* Submission deadline: October 23, 2023, 11:59pm *
(Showcase date is Thursday, Nov. 30th. Make sure you're available on that date!)
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The following information is also from the So Say We All website about VAMP. (Sorry, I couldn't find an explanation for the acronym, but I've attended one of the sessions and it was GREAT.)
Writers are encouraged to submit a 5-10 minute long (4-6 page, 12 pt. font, double-spaced) story related to a show’s theme through the “submit” link on our website. We highly encourage the use of images in power-point style presentation during the writer’s final performance, but these do not need to be submitted up front.How the VAMP process works:
• Writers submit a first draft of their true stories to our submittable account, indicating which VAMP theme they are submitting for.
• A panel of blind readers are assembled from volunteers who have previously performed at VAMP. Each reader, along with the show’s producer and SSWA’s Program Director, upvotes, downvotes, or stays neutral on each piece submitted.
• Scores are tallied and top-scoring stories are identified. Final selection begins with the show’s producer and Program Director, taking into account factors that will make the show as a whole the best it can be. These can include if there are two or more stories too similar in theme, if there is a range of performers that represent the community, if there is a balance of humor and poignancy, etc. Submitters who have never performed at VAMP before are given extra attention.
• The selected cohort begins a literary boot camp that involves participating in group read and critiques to give and receive feedback, work with assigned writing coaches 1-1, and receiving performance coaching to ensure they’re comfortable with public speaking.
• Finally, the cohort members select visual images to accompany their stories, send in their final drafts, and then perform together in front of an adoring audience!
• Videos of performances are uploaded to our Youtube Channel, and selected pieces will appear on The VAMP Podcast.
• We encourage writers to seek opportunities to publish their work, and to treat the VAMP Storytelling Showcase as a powerful growth experience, but not the end of the line for the stories they workshop with us. Authors retain the rights to their work.