Monday - July 2, 2012
Issue # 10

Miles to Go Before I Sleep

The NSN Conference is over. What a whirlwind four days! I come away with my head stuffed with new ideas, techniques; handouts, books and new appreciations for storytelling and tellers.

The Highlights:
An eye-opening workshop with Elizabeth Ellis (never knew she was so funny); afternoon intensive with Rona Leventhal about Beginnings, Middles and Endings; fun breakout with Judith Black on Leadership Stories and a quick-moving workshop with Noa Baum on Voice and Presence. Having breakfast with Kevin Kling; dinner with Elizabeth Ellis, Laura Packer and Diane Wolkstein and dinner with friends Ginny Cunningham and Michael Baefsky - whom I met two years ago at the L.A. conference and haven't seen them in since!

Slash Coleman and me (he actually has no mouth)I had fun telling at three different story swaps. It was quite nice to have folks stop me in the hallways between breakouts to give me kudos and appreciations for my tellings. I saw many old friends and made several new friends. I was surprised at how many people recognized me from Facebook. One person squinted and then said, "Oh yeah. You're on Facebook, you're very prolific!" When my name was picked from the hat at the All Regions Slam, I jumped for joy. Then when I stood on the stage before 300 of my peers and many "A List" tellers that I admire. . .I got a lump in my throat. It was a bit daunting.

There were very funny presentations by Kevin Kling and Bill Harley and an incredible final concert with Elizabeth Ellis, Jim May, Bill Harley, Kevin Kling, Charlotte Blake Alston, Bobby Norfolk, Laura Sims and a moving holocast story from Carol Birch. It was a power-packed end to a great conference.

On a very personal note, the best moment of the week was when Syd Lieberman (one of my favorite tellers) came up to me and told me how much he liked the ending to my "Kite" story at the slam. I could not have asked for a better gift!

I came away, as always, with a renewed sense of what storytelling can be, affirmations of my own abilities, and the knowledge that I still have, "miles to go before I sleep, miles to go, before I sleep."

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Two Weekend Workshops in Flagstaff - REGISTER NOW

Get to the cool high country for storytelling workshops! I will be conducting two weekend workshops in Flagstaff this summer. There are two different dates and options:

A RUSTIC weekend, July 27-28-29
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Arrive on Friday afternoon, leave at noon on Sunday. TEN hours of storytelling and coaching, plenty of time to relax, enjoy, hike, bike or whatever in the cool pines of Flagstaff. 
ALL MEALS INCLUDED! - Limited to SEVEN participants! First-come-first-served. 
 
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Differentiating Character Voices

Last week I talked about using your body to physically get into the character to find a persona. Here's a down-and-dirty way to differentiate several characters in a story. Make a grid and assign numbers/levels for each character and each category. This way, you can see the relationship to each character. For example: Papa Bear might have the lowest pitch and slowest pace, Baby Bear, the highest and fastest pace.

Character Pitch  Speed
Goldilocks 5 5
Papa Bear 2 3
Mama Bear 7 6
Baby Bear 9 8

 

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Elizabeth Ellis

Here's a short clip of Elizabeth from a concert in 2010. Notice how she starts with one story, and then transitions to a different one. She uses the first one to set up the emotional underpinings of the second.
  
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Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

 
     

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