It's a fairly new phenomenon, having only started officially in 2001, but story slams are starting to become popular.
 
One was held recently as part of Christmas in the Coulee at the East Coulee School Museum.
 
"A story slam is similar to a poetry slam, where it's just kind of this open mic opportunity to tell a personal and true story," explained Carrie Lunde, who helped to organize the East Coulee event. "It can be humorous, it can be emotional, it can be touching, inspirational and usually, there is a loose theme that helps set the direction for the evening."
 
The theme of this last Drumheller story slam was 'Christmas' and Lunde had her own humerous, and slightly embarassing tale to tell.
 
"The thing I loved as a kid was reindeer and they kind of stayed this mythical creature in my head until a couple years ago when I actually went to Norway," she related. "They cooked this wonderful fare and I was 'wow, this is so delicious. what is this?' They're like 'this is reindeer' and I was traumatised because I didn't know reindeer were real."
 
The Drumheller Valley's first story slam was held last February at Sublime Food and Wine: about 20 people showed up to share stories on the topic 'beasts.'
 
"We hope to hold another one in the spring, maybe something around April Fools, that would be funny," speculated Lunde. "We have some excellent story tellers here in the valley so I think there's a lot of great stories that we can share, and it's just a great creative outlet."

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