Monday, January 12, 2015
Issue # 142

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

THURSDAY IS THE LAST DAY - SAVE $100 on the Conference

SAVE $100 on Early Bird Registration
Next year's NSN Conference dates are set! July 30 through August 2, 2015 are the dates for the tribe to gather in our NEW home in Kansas City MO. Exploring the PATHWAYS where storytelling can take us!

FOR NSN MEMBERS ONLY (That means you need to JOIN NOW)
Back by popular demand is our PRE-early-bird offer to register for the full conference at the lowest possible price through January 12, 2015 (does not include lodging, meals, pre-conferences, master classes, final Sunday concert, additional special events TBA later).  Conference registration for non-NSN members will not open until 2015 and at a $100 higher rate. 

Perhaps most important is by registering now, you have the opportunity to stretch your payment over 6 months. Fax (423-753-9331), mail (PO Box 795, Jonesborough, TN 37659), scan and email the required form to karin@storynet.org:  Form is available at: http://www.storynet.org/conference/index.html (right side of the screen).


Storytelling Classes Start January 20th

The spring semester will be upon us in eight days. Don't get left behind. Are there aspects of your storytelling you need to search out? Do you have a friend who keeps saying. "I should really take some of those classes you've been talking about"?

Now is the time! SMCC Classes start on January 20th.
Click here for a list of SMCC classes & schedules.

AND - there are other Maricopa Community Colleges that teach The Art of Storytelling. They are all over the valley, including THREE classes at Glendale Community College that I will be teaching. West side folks take note!
Check out the times for my classes here 


A Great Deal From Parkhurst Brothers Publishers

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This Week



Friday - January 16th
This month's Storyline features these fine tellers with stories under the theme, Brave New World: Anel Arriola, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, Megan Finnerty, Stina Sieg, Liz Warren, and Joy Young.

Storyline is held at Space 55 - 636 E Pierce St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

It starts late, 10:30 p.m. - but you can't beat the price - $5 - AND the fabulous tellers!
More info here

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Coming Up


Faculty Concert - Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, January 22nd - 7:00 pm
Join the South Mountain Storytelling Institute Instructors for the annual Faculty Concert.
Tellers include: Doug Bland; Kathy Shimpock; Kelly Davis; Marilyn Torres; Harriet Cole; Mark Goldman and George Lopercio; 
Featured teller for the evening is Megan Finnerty, reporter for the Arizona Republic and coordinator of the Arizona Live Storytelling Evenings.
See the calendar for more info

Dustin Loehr Hosts A Special Story Circle
Friday - January 23rd
Teller/Tapper/Teacher Dustin Loehr is hosting a story circle for the United States Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with East Valley Children's Theatre.

The event is called "People's State of the Union Address" and is going to be T.A.P.'s (Dustin's company, Transformative Arts Productions) first major public event. It is FREE and geared for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Dustin says of the event, "We will be working together to share OUR state of OUR union, and will be sending our stories to Washington to be created into a poetic address that will be streamed nationally in February."

What: "Peoples Address" 
Who: T.A.P. (Transformative Arts Productions), United States Department of Arts and Culture, and East Valley Children's Theatre invite 12-18 year old teens to participate in the sharing of stories to form our "Peoples Address" 
When: Jan 23rd, 5:30-7:30 pm. 
Where: East Valley Children's Theatre Rehearsal Studio - 4830 E Main St. Mesa, AZ 85205
Cost: FREE!

Seaglass Storytelling
Saturday - January 31st
Seaglass Storytelling is a new workshop from long-time Valley teller/coach Sean Buvala.

A workshop on using the unique light of a folktale to improve our personal stories.
The workshop explores the "Three Refractions" and the shadow sides of personal tales. There will be time to work on one's own tale in a small group. Like rare sea glass, the best personal stories are intentionally constructed stories that have the long-term impact of the world tale. 

Celtic and Native American Legends:
Saturday - January 31st - 7:00 pm
Celtic and Native American Legends:

Shared Symmetries from Medieval Arizona to the High Court of Tara

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) in tandem with the Irish Cultural Center of Phoenix, is offering a fascinating evening of Celtic myths and legends, and their similarities with the Hopi and Navajo traditions of the American Southwest. Ancient Irish, Hopi, and Navajo oral (and later written) literature will illustrate parallel perspectives in life, love, music, war, and above all, the realm of the sacred; the evening will also explore legends regarding hypothetical Irish voyages to the Americas prior to the Age of Exploration.
Presented by Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS Public Programs Series
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

More info

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Another First Person Triumph!

I have written twice about Point of View and telling a story from the First Person voice – of one of the characters. (First Person Elevates Fact-Based Tales, POV Changes Everything). Last Saturday’s East Valley Tellers of Tales guild meeting inspired this additional post on the topic.

Elizabeth Matson (newly elected President of the guild) told a great version of The Fisherman’s Wife, from the point of view of … wait … here it comes … the Fish!  It was an inspired narrative!
The tale is usually told from the POV of the Narrator: First Person, Omniscient. The omniscient one is supposed to see all, know all, and most of the time, tell all. But sometimes they don’t tell us everything.
When we tell from a different character’s POV, we get just that, the character’s point of view. This can make the listener more sympathetic to that character (or not) as they reveal some of the inner thoughts and emotions they have. Normally, we detest the wife for being so increasingly greedy; and we are sympathetic to the fisherman for having to endure her constant dissatisfaction with her life. 
But with the Fish telling the story, we can now connect to its feelings of “being in the middle” and the pressures it feels to play the role of wish granter. But we can now hear more about how the fish is feeling, and why it continues to come to the fisherman and grant the wishes. What is its motivation to keep coming back?
And as the teller, we can also “make” any character omniscient.  The Fish can still have knowledge and understanding of the wife and “see” what happens to her each time she is upgraded, and then the resulting discontent.
One more thing: don’t assume any character is not a possible first person choice. We would rarely choose the Wife to tell the story as she seems to be the most despicable. But we might discover more about her just by doing it as an exercise. And if we make her omniscient, the ending can still work, as she sits in the once-again hovel of her house and thinks, “I know my husband is sitting in his boat and just smiling at that fish! They probably will talk all day and never even give a thought to poor, old me!”
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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations
Teller, Author, Business Telling Coach and curator of all things in Business Storytelling, Karen Dietz has done it again - found a great article on different story structures. This one is by a lady named Ffion, who works for Video Scribe, a company in the UK that specializes in helping users create Whiteboard Presentations (I have used it for many videos online and here in the Newsletter).

Be sure to read Karen's comments, then read the article. It has some great content. And ... you might want to sign up to receive notices from Karen about her postings!
Read the article

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday of each month - 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers 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

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

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 June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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