Sugar Talks

The heart and soul of Siem Reap is its community.

How does it work?
Local members of our community volunteer themselves to tell a true, 10 minute story about themselves on stage. Notes are not allowed and each storyteller just gets to tell one story at Sugar Talks.

If you have a story to tell for one of the themes this season, you can submit your story through email on

The volunteers that make up the storyboard will meet with you to hear your story in person. Together, we can go through your story and give you help to structure it. That’s a great chance to get even more feedback on your story and make any final tweaks before the show.

What makes a good story?
Every story is different, but here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Structure: Your story is unique, but nearly every great story has a clear beginning, middle, and end, all of which relate to each other. You should be able to identify those three parts in your own story.
  • Stakes: The audience gets invested when what’s happening in the story really matters to you. What did you have to lose or gain?
  • Timing: 10 minutes is short, and it doesn’t accommodate every type of story. Stories about well-defined events in which you know every detail translate well. Stories that span multiple years, much less a lifetime, can be very difficult or impossible to pare down into a 10 minute story and still keep the details that we all want to hear about. If your story is too broad, try picking one event or part of your story that best illustrates the point you’re trying to make, and think about just telling that portion.
  • A strong ending You’ll see or hear a warning from the hosts at five minutes into your story, when you have two minutes left. Be prepared for your ending, but avoid wrapping up with a “the moral of the story is….” Instead, finish your story in the same way you began, with a final fact that signals the end to your audience.

The website for “The Moth,” a similar event where people tell true stories in front of a live audience, includes more valuable tips.

Can I help?
Our logistical needs are constantly changing, but the one thing we always needs is help finding stories. If you have access to unique communities or are willing to coerce your friends (or strangers) into telling their best story, please e-mail us at