Monday - January 1, 2018
Issue # 295

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


Storytelling Classes Start in TWO WEEKS

Storytelling Classes start in just TWO weeks, on January 16th. So make sure you register now! 
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute certainly has the most classes, and the most diverse offerings of storytelling classes. 

But did you know...
There are storytelling classes at all of these Maricopa Community colleges?

To see the list of classes and register, click on the link below. 
Check on the Location, and in the search boxes.

I currently have 1 opening in my Tuesday/Thrsday classes at 2:45-4:00pm (HUM292 or EDU292). 
And 7 openings in my Tuesday/Thrsday classes at 4:20-5:35pm (HUM292 or EDU292). 
South Mountain has the most classes about storytelling, but many of the other Maricopa Colleges have classess too. Check them out at the link below and change the parameters to meet your needs.
*Note: The Art of Storytelling may also be listed as HUM292 or EDU292
          Multicultural Folktales may also be listed as HUM294 or EDU294

Click here to see all course listings - change the parameters to see listings at other colleges

San Diego Connection

 eclipse "Unseen Forces,"January 3rd, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

NEW VENUE: Join Mindy Donner, Marilyn McPhie, Eric Tauber and friends for the inagural evening at Eclipse Chocolate,  2145 Fern Street (around the corner from Rebecca's in South Park), telling traditional folktales, literary works and original stories. 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5   
Event poster (.pdf)

      Eclipse Chocolate website, info and map  phone(619) 578-2984   

Rebecca is being forced out of her lease. A GoFundMe campaign is underway to help her relocate. Please consider donating. Link to donation page   

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, January 17th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website





SAVE  THE DATE: 8th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival, March 17th, Encinitas Public Library, all day.  FREE

Ongoing Events

Open Mic Storytelling

Story Constortium  Story Consortium


Open Mic storytelling hosted by Edward Deull, 5-7 minutes story, 
Check Facebook page link for next event



"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, January 9th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Big Shot"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email


Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
January 24th, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com


Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, January 20th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: TBD  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website

Click here for more info on their website

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Memory

Thursday, January 4th - 7:00 pm
NEW VENUE: The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 East 7th Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Memory
Curated by Penelope Starr & Adam Hostetter
$10 Adults, $7 Students
Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students. Doors at 6:30.

Odyssey Storytelling announces schedule & themes for 2018:

January 4- Memory
Feb 1- You Don’t Know Me
March 1 – Sidekicks
April 5 – Mythic
May 3 – Fake
June 7- Different
July 12 – Innuendo
August 2- Red Flags
Sept 6 – Branded
Oct 4 – Big Brother
Nov 1 – Dealbreakers
Dec 6 – Mortified 

Click here for details & info

The Whole Story - Part V

First Friday, January 5th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

The Whole Story returns to Phoenix Art Museum with Part V.
The Whole Story returns to the Phoenix Art Museum for a second season starting with Part V on Friday, January 5, 2018. Featured storytellers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Sule Greg C. WilsonEvan E. Roberts and Rachel Eseoghene Egboro will return to the stage with new stories along withJessica Flagg Lamartiniere and Elaissia Sears

Tickets are $10 ($5 for Museum Members) 
Space is limited, advanced purchase is recommended
Seating is first-come, first-seated 
Doors to Whiteman Hall open at 7:00 pm

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 6th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Tellers of Tales in Tucson
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

Ad-Libbing in Storytelling? After a short business meeting we will enjoy an exciting skill-developing workshop about how to make improv work for storytelling by Chris Seidman of Unscrewed Theater. We are so happy to have this experienced and talented performer present this special event. 
DON’T FORGET THAT DUES ARE DUE FOR 2018. TOT membership has great benefits and is a bargain (just $15 for individuals and $20 for a couple. Payments can be made by cash, check or through PayPal. Checks should be made payable to Tellers of Tales. You will receive a receipt and access code to the Members Only section on the TOT website via email (or regular post if requested). TOT is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 6th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, January 13th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.

NOTE: PHOENIX ROCKNROLL MARATON - The Phoenix RockNRoll Marathon is this weekend. There are different races on Fri, Sat, Sun. Here's a link to the race map & road closures for Saturday: MAP
Click here for details & info

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The FIRST Tip for Storytellers

Since this is January 1st, I thought I would post the first chapter of my book, Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories.

#1 - How Do I Start?
Start by listening!
It's true! In order to learn about storytelling, the first thing you have to be able to do and practice is listening.
Listen to other tellers tell their stories...as many as you can. By listening (and watching) you will see and hear what the good tellers do. You may also watch and hear some not-so-practiced tellers. Your job in listening is to start to understand what the great tellers do that make them great, and what mistakes many beginning tellers do that get them in trouble.
When you listen to a teller, ask yourself some questions:
  • How did they make me feel? - How did they do that?
  • Did they paint a picture that I could see in my mind? - How did they do that?
  • Did I understand the essence and the flow of the story? - How did they do that?
  • Did the beginning engage me? - How did they do that?
  • Did the ending come to a clear conclusion and satisfy me? - How did they do that?
  • What parts of themselves did they use most? - How can I find the best parts of me to use?
  • Did they lose the audience at some point? What was needed to hold the audience's attention?
Listening to as many tellers as possible will be an education in itself. If you don't like what they do, study it. Understand how you can avoid their pitfalls. If you LOVE them, study that part too. How can you learn from that and use yourself to develop your own successful storytelling space?
Listen to other kinds of speakers too. Newscasters, commentators, video bloggers, TED talk presenters, etc. What do these people do (or not do) that engages their listeners? Your answers will surely relate to the craft of telling stories.
©Mark Golman
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What Happened?
Here are just a FEW of the things that happened on New Year's Day - January 1st - along with comments by me!

404 AD – The last known gladiatorial competition in Rome takes place 
--- And yet, men still battle in an arena. In fact, we have now "advanced" to "Ultimate Fighting" - All for the "pleasure" of the "viewers"! 
1772 – The first Traveler’s Checks, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London.
--- And we're all still using those, right?
1863 – American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory.
--- And 150 years later, there is still strife in our country revolving around African Americans
1892 – Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.
--- And now immigrants of all colors and faiths face strife that is similar to the African Americans
1934 – Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison.
-- And now the US has the highest number of prisoners in the world
1937 At a party at the Hormel Mansion in Minnesota, a guest wins $100 for naming a new canned meat--Spam.
--- And one still wonders why the folks in Hawaii love it so much!
1971 – Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television
--- And after countless studies and warnings, lung cancer is still a major cause of death.
1974 - Watergate
--- Political corruption...need I say more!
2008 - Civil Unions - The law legalizing civil unions between same sex couples goes into effect in New Hampshire
--- And still, people feel that the lifestyle of LGBTQ deminishes them and harms them in some way- leading to hate.
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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