(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.)


December 8, 2022
"True Lies" -
7-9 pm, Quiet City Books.
124 Lisbon St. Lewiston, ME. Masks required.
Space is limited, so attendance for the first event will be capped at 30 audience members. Sorry, everyone! Please sign up here to get your free "ticket." 


This month’s theme is “True Lies.” 

True Lies. A thrilling 90s film starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Jamie Lee Curtis, whose title implies a great paradox of human life. Truth is stranger than fiction, often, because truth can be baffling, nonsensical, scary; falsehoods and lies can be sensible, reassuring, and, well, believable. When have you used, or do you use, a convenient lie to make sense of things, or to make things work? Or has someone else used such a lie, related to you?

Have you told a “white lie” in the service of a greater truth? When have you danced around the truth, either in conversation or your own mind?

Emily Dickinson writes that “The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind.” When have you been dazzled, and when have you been blinded, by the truth? Have any truths been destructive forces in your life? Or, when have you just put the sunglasses on––to protect yourself from the truth? What are some gradual truths that have come to pass in your life?

Slippery truths and bold lies abound in politics; most of us agree on that. Have you responded to a lie told by someone in power? Have you encountered, or taken part in, corruption? Have you encountered a hero in your life––someone who spoke truth to power?

True Lies is also, as I’ve mentioned, a movie––a fictional one. So, consider fiction: Is there a book, a film, a play, or a song that has rung true to you? A story that has taught you something true about yourself, or about the world? When has a story that you heard caused a story of your own to begin?

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.