(Even if you aren't ready to tell a story, come be part of the audience. It's fun. But be aware that some stories may include adult themes and adult language. All potential audience members should use their discretion, especially those who care for young children.)
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The holiday season is often bound up with childhood memories, desires, and disappointments. Sometimes our childlike anticipation and yearning fades, sometimes it lasts a lifetime.
Were you a kid who obsessively prepared a wish list to hand over to your family, Santa, or someone else? Was there one year with a wish that consumed you? Did you wish for something you could hold - a toy, an animal - or did you wish for your life to change in some way?
What happened that time you just didn’t get what you wanted? Did you come up with an alternate plan? How did the experience change you?
What happened that time your wish came true? How did it feel to float on that cloud, and how long did it last? Did success lift you up, or did it let you down?
Wish lists can be about priority: what we want the most, the second most, the third most, the fourth–you get the idea. When has something low on your list surprised you? When has a gift (from a person, from “fate,” from life) made you reevaluate your wishes?
We fill online shopping carts, wedding registries, baby shower lists. Do you prefer to choose your own gifts, or would you rather be surprised? What kinds of wish lists do you write today? Are they for other people, or just for your eyes?
Do you try to stay away from material gifts altogether? What happened to you over the years to steer you in that direction?
Take our theme descriptions as a starting point, but don't let them limit you. We invite stories that invert this theme in creative ways and go in unexpected directions.
No matter what, you have a story, and the rest of us want to hear it. But don't come to give a general speech about it. Come tell us a story. Think of a specific time in which you figured prominently. Reflect on your story. Have the courage to go back to the emotions, and, most importantly, your vivid memory of the events that caused the emotions. Then, craft your story (here are some tips on how), and come to The Corner ready to tell it. We want to hear it.