October ’18

We’re back! October’s theme is Hidden, and we can’t wait to hear what that means to you.

Maybe it’s a family secret, a buried treasure, or something lost and never found. Maybe it’s a hidden meaning, a favorite hiding place, or your recipe for hiding in plain sight. However you interpret the theme, we’re excited to hear what you have to say.

Bring a friend, bring a drink, and bring a story if you think you want to share. We’ll be in the backyard if the weather’s nice, and in the basement if it’s not. See you soon!

Join us at Unnameable Books anytime between 7:30 and 11
600 Vanderbilt Ave, 11238



NYC‘s October theme is Waves. Waves made, waves surfed. Sound waves, brain waves, waving goodbye. The interpretation is up to you. We’ll be listening.

Oakland’s theme is Are You Afraid Of The Dark? It’ll be the day before Halloween and we’re gathering for some ghoulish tales. Have you ever seen a ghost? Did someone smash your pumpkin? Or, did you wait out in the yard to hose down potential TPers? Scary or not, we want to hear it all.There is no wrong way to interpret a theme. If you think of a story, that’s the one we want to hear!

Monday, October 30th7pm-10pm
60 Collingwood Street, SF, CA 94114

Berlin( coming soon)



September’s theme is First Memories! Not just the first memory of your life (though that’s more than welcome) but also stories of your first apartment memory, your first sibling memory, your first employment memory, or your first school memory.

Basically, a story about the earliest remembered part of a specific aspect of your life. Which aspect? That’s up to you. Your first memory of church, of school, of death, of sex. Whatever it is, we want to hear it.

As always, you don’t have to tell a story if you don’t want to. (And if you do want to you can always decide half-way through the night.) More than anything, good stories need good listeners, and without you, it’ll just be me in the backyard drinking a beer (not terrible, but I’d rather you come and hang).

So come and join us on one of the last good outside-nights of the year. Bring a story, bring a friend, and if you’d like, bring booze. See you soon!

New York

Berlin TK

Oakland TK


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


Oakland (dates to come)


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.





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!





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?


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


San Francisco


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