Join us at Hawk and Ivy B&B for a May 8 Mother's Day StorySLAM in Barnardsville, NC. Our theme is MAGIC. We'll start with a Storytelling Workshop facilitated by me, James Navé, from 12:00-4:00 PM, followed at 5 PM by a covered dish late brunch and continue at 6:30 PM with the StorySLAM which will conclude at 8:30 PM.  Come put your name in a box, I'll choose ten names. If you're one of the lucky ten, you'll get a chance to tell a true story five minutes long. Yes, it'll be judged 0-10 like a diving match. It's all in good fun. The judges never get it right. Happy Mother's Day. Join us for this good time on a beautiful barn deck overlooking a majestic Appalachian field. Springtime in the Carolina, nothing could be finer. Click here for directions to Hawk & Ivy •133 North Fork Road • Barnardsville, NC 28709. TELL US YOU'RE COMING; RSVP HAWK & IVY:

Storytelling Workshop: 12:00-4:00 PM • Potluck: 5:00-6:30 PM • StorySLAM: 6:30-8:30 PM

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP • 12:00-4:00 PM • Bring your story and hone your skills. I'm looking forward to sharing my experience with you. We'll cover basic story structure, how to build a compelling five minute story based on your life, and how to work simple, useful, and easy performance tips into your story performance. Cost is 40, includes admission to the StorySLAM. Make your reservation with a 20 deposit. Space is limited. RESERVE YOUR WORKSHOP SPACE CONTACT:, or call 828-626-3486 or click BUY NOW PayPal button below:  

If you want to talk to me, James Navé, email: or call or text me now at 919-949-2113. Happy to answer any of your questions.                                                                                                                                                                           

POTLUCK • 5:00-6:30 PM •  Bring your best dish. Or, if you're on the fly, pick up a roasted chicken, or olives, or a few pieces of No-No Fudge at ODDS cafe in West Asheville. Yum, Yum.   TELL US YOU'RE COMING; RSVP HAWK & IVY:

HAWK & IVY StorySLAM • 6:30-8:30 PM: If you have a true-story you'd like to tell, then this is your chance. Your theme is MAGIC. Did you want to be Magician when you were in the 8th grade? How about a magical chance that changed your life? Did you wish upon a star when you were young? Can you tell us about simple-magic, like someone saying "I love you? " Whatever true story you have, we'd like to hear it. Indeed, dreams do come true. 

1) Bring your story, theme MAGIC; 2) Put your name in the hat; 3) I'll draw ten names from the hat, if you are one of the lucky ten, you'll get a chance to tell your story. Five members of the audience will judge the stories 0-10 like a diving match. It's a way to involve the audience and encourage a little friendly competition. Cost 10 at the door. TELL US YOU'RE COMING; RSVP HAWK & IVY:

THREE STORYTELLING TIPS: 1) Practice your story until you can tell it off-book: 2) Trim your story until it's 5 minutes long: 3) Include conflict and resolution.  

Ernest Hemingway once was asked if he could tell a complete short story with 6-words. He said, "For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn."  Instead of 6-words, you have 5-minutes. We look forward to hearing what you have to say. 


James Navé is a poet, storyteller and arts entrepreneur. He is the director of The Taos Storytelling Festival, The Taos Poetry Festival, and an organizing member of TEDxNewYork Salons. He is also a co-founder of Twice 5 Miles, a content and creative collective based in Taos and Brooklyn. An early contributor to the creativity renaissance that has swept the nation, he established The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos NM with Julia Cameron from 1995-2003. Navé began his storytelling/spoken-word career when he co-founded Poetry Alive! a theater company that has performed traditional poems for millions of students, K-12. He has been on three national Poetry Slam teams and his work has appeared in two books of poetry and numerous journals and magazines. He has memorized over 500 poems and holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.