August

August’s theme is Under Pressure!

Bring us your stories of high pressure situations—how you got in them, how you got out of them, or how they’re still affecting you today.

A bad boss? Evil roommate? Student loans? Pet troubles? If you’ve ever found yourself under some particularly memorable pressure, consider coming and telling us all about it.

(Due to the highly interpretive nature of this month’s theme, we will also be accepting stories about geology, cholesterol, and Queen.)

New York

Berlin (dates to come)

Oakland (dates to come)

July

July’s theme is Never Again.

What have you done that that you’ll never do again? What do you keep telling yourself you’ll never do again, but keep doing anyway? Big or small, we want to hear it all.

Brooklyn

Berlin

Oakland

June

June’s theme is Crossing The Line, and is dedicated to all those invisible boundaries and the different ways we cross them.

Bring your stories of ethical lines, finish lines, and international date lines. Of state lines, border crossings, and trespassings. Also, bring whatever you want. There is no wrong way to interpret the theme. If you think of a story, that’s the one we want to hear!

NYC

Oakland

Berlin

May

After hibernating for the winter, we’re back with a new location, a new night, and a new theme. This month’s theme is Rites of Passage.

Rite of Passage, noun

  1. a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone’s life, especially birth, puberty, marriage, and death.
  2. any important act that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.

Our lives are filled with different transformative moments, whether public or private, sad or celebratory. But every moment of transition is different. What’s one of yours?

NYC

November & December

We usually host our events during the last week of the month, but because of Thanksgiving our next storytelling night will be mid-December. And because of Christmas, it will be our last one of 2016.

The theme? Getting Away With It.

Sometimes getting away with it comes down to luck. Sometimes there are forces acting in our favor, or systems in place we have to overcome. What have you gotten away with? What haven’t you?

On December 12th, come tell us about it. We’re all in need of a good story right now.

New York

Berlin

San Francisco

October

Last month, those of us who gathered at the bar decided to skip the stories and watch the first presidential debate. Telling stories felt unimportant by comparison.

By this month’s event, the debates will have passed. It’ll be the last Club Motte before the election. And it’s clear that our stories are more important than ever.

Stories promote empathy. They expose you to more perspectives and experiences. Our cultural lack of empathy has been put on display, and even embodied, in this election, and this month’s event is the last Club Motte where we won’t know how it’s going to turn out. No matter the result, we still have to further our own empathy, our own ability to recognize each other’s experience.

This month’s theme is Decisive Moments. We’re balancing on the edge of one, and our personal histories and daily lives are filled with them. Come and tell your story. More importantly, come and listen to stories about people who aren’t you, about lives different from your own, and the moments that continue to define who we are.

New York

Berlin

Oakland