Join hosts CCAR Executive Director Phil Valentine and professional story coach Meghann Perry for this fun, creative, virtual open-mic storytelling experience. Eight randomly selected people from each of our Recovery Storytelling Slams will have the opportunity to share a true, personally crafted, 3 to 5-minute story based on that events specific theme.

Watch and participate via ZOOM or view and stream via FACEBOOK LIVE!

Two lucky storytellers will walk away winners – one as “Judge’s Choice” and one as “People’s Pick”. Each winner will receive a $100 VISA Gift Card, PLUS an automatic spot at our Recovery Storytelling GRAND SLAM January 21st to defend their title and vie for the GRAND PRIZE…a $500 VISA Gift Card!

*P.E.A.R.L.S is an acronym for “People Expressing Addiction, Recovery, & Life Stories”. We at CCAR believe in the amazing power that storytelling has to convey feelings, emotions, and experiences that can otherwise be difficult to describe. So often, data is the yard stick by which success is measured. But what about a true story from a person who lived it?  P.E.A.R.L.S Story Slam events are opportunities for people to share the stories they want to share in an inclusive and supportive environment.

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Upcoming Recovery Storytelling Slam Series II Info:

*Round 1: Friday September 10th 3pm

  • Theme: Rude Awakenings
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 853 2697 2612 | Passcode: 949527
  • Writing Prompts:  Have you ever been woken by a screeching fire alarm or an angry corrections officer? Surprised by a hotel room that didn’t look like the pictures in the ad? Thought you had everyone fooled only to walk into an intervention with a one-way plane ticket with your name on it?
    Tell us about a time you were harshly awoken…

*Round 2: Friday October 15th 3pm

  • Theme: Mistaken Identities
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 853 2697 2612 | Passcode: 949527
  • Writing Prompts: Have you ever let a sibling take the blame for something you did? Have you been surprised by a partner that you thought was totally different? Kissed a stranger by accident? Signed someone else’s name on an important document?
    Tell us about a time when who’s who was up for grabs…

*Round 3: Friday November 12th 3pm

  • Theme: Grit (Or Grace)
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 853 2697 2612 | Passcode: 949527
  • Writing Prompts: Have you ever thought you made it through to the end, only to find out it’s just the beginning? Thought you were leaving only to find out a judge had other plans and you had to stick it out? Think of a time when the rubber met the road and you had to lean in. Or your body met the road and you ate some dirt.
    Alternatively, tell us about a time when grace showed up unexpectedly and saved you…

*Round 4: Friday December 10th 3pm

  • Theme: Rubbed the Wrong Way 
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 853 2697 2612 | Passcode: 949527
  • Writing Prompts: Have you felt like someone came into your life just to irritate you? Ever had a massage gone bad?
    Tell us about a time someone’s presence was just off putting…

*GRAND SLAM:  Friday January 21st 3pm

  • Theme: Unintended Consequences 
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 853 2697 2612 | Passcode: 949527
  • Writing Prompts: TBD


What is personal narrative storytelling?

This art form is summed up best by this: “True Stories Told Live”. It’s an audience, a microphone, and a single storyteller telling a true story about themselves on a given theme without any notes or props. Recovery Storytelling is this art form infused with recovery themes and positive recovery messages.

Examples and  Additional Resources…

You can find great examples of Recovery Storytelling from this collaborative project with CCAR, Meghann Perry, and Retrospective Films.
Another great resource is The Moth– a non-profit group based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
Check out some tips from The Moth HERE
To better understand the storytelling form, click HERE

What are some guidelines for good storytelling?

  • The story must be 3–5-minute long, and in this case, based on the Story Slam theme (April 16: “Lost at Sea”)
  • Your story must be true and it must have happened to you.
  • It should have a clear, strong beginning and ending, and a middle where the action is happening. Set the stakes early on. What do you have to lose or gain?
  • Identify the turning point where things shift and the win or loss is determined, but don’t tell us right away…Build up to it.
  • Tell us your relationship to the events of the story.
  • We need the emotional aspect of the experience you’re telling us about, not just the facts. How did you feel? What did you think?

Click below to read a two-part blog post written by P.E.A.R.L.S Story Slam co-host and professional story coach Meghann Perry, that explains the power and purpose of Recovery Storytelling as a tool for advocacy, expression, and as a  pathway all its own.

Storytelling Slam Champions!

P.E.A.R.L.S. Recovery Storytelling Slam Series I Winners:

Naetha Uren- Old Leake, Boston UK
Molly Meave- N. Hollywood, CA

View video of the Series I Grand Slam HERE