Monday, January 18, 2016
Issue # 195

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

              Happy Martin Luther King Day!

                                  May We All Share in his Dream!

More Two-Saturday Classes at SMCC!

Join SMCC Storytelling Staff for these great TWO-SATURDAY Classes!

Storytelling in Advocacy Settings: 2/6  &  2/13
Storytelling in Interpretive Settings: 3/12  &  3/26
Storytelling in Business Settings: 4/9  &  4/16

These courses are a wonderful way to "pump-up" your knowledge and skills, AND you receive one full credit in just a short amount of time.
Click here for the schedule/descriptions and details.

Storytelling Tour of England - NOW 10 DAYS

                     I've Just Added 2 Days - Now 10 Days in England!

                        The cost is STILL about $2480 including airfare!

If you love to tell stories, talk about stories, craft stories, have fun and see the sights with friends, then this tour is for you. The plan is to spend ten days touring these iconic sites.

Listeners, spouses, partners and friends are welcome too!

The tour and workshops will be lead by me and my friend and colleague, Colorado Storyteller Pam Faro.

Click here for all the details!

New Hybrid Storytelling Class at Chandler-Gilbert Campus

Caleb Winebrenner will be teaching a late-start Art of Storytelling class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College this semester. The class runs on Saturdays from February 6th through March 12th, and will be a "hybrid" class - part online and part in-class. There are 12 slots available at this writing.

Click here for the details.


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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Lessons Learned / Lessons Avoided

Tonight! Monday - January 18th
Lessons Learned / Lessons Avoided

Join us in partnership with Arizona State University Young Alumni Chapter for a night dedicated to life at ASU. You'll hear from professors, students and Republic reporters who cover the largest university in the country. We'll celebrate stories of life-changing classes, inspiring professors and the legendary parties that make up the college experience.

Kaila White, Republic ASU and Millenial life reporter

Featured Storytellers:
Tessa Tenborg, ASU graduate and marketing rep
Rashaad Thomas, ‎poet and USAF Veteran majoring in Justice Studies at ASU
Anne Ryman, Republic higher education reporter
Jennifer Pinner, ASU graduate and content marketing senior manager
Zana Alattar, Barrett, The Honors College major in Biochemistry and Justice Studies
Scott Nelson, ASU graduate and junior high school psychologist

Details: 6 p.m. check-in; stories 7-9 p.m. Jan. 18 at Old Main at Arizona State University, 400 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe. $12. 350 tickets available. Current ASU students attend free. Just register. All tellers booked.
NOTE: This is ON CAMPUS at ASU. You will need to park OFF CAMPUS and walk to the Old Main Building.
Location Details
Old Maiin @ ASU
400 E. Tyler Mall
Tempe AZ 85281 US

For more details & Tickets

SMCC Faculty Concert

Thursday, January 21st - 7:00 pm
SMCC Faculty Concert: Featuring Sulé Greg Wilson
Join the South Mountain Storytelling Institute Instructors for the annual Faculty Concert.
Featured teller for the evening is Sulé Greg Wilson. Sulé has had a long and varied career as a dancer, actor, drummer and storyteller.
You will also hear stories from splendid faculty including Doug Bland, Harriet Cole, Travis May, and Marilyn Torres.
See the calendar for more info

Storyfind - The Three Sources Method

Saturday - January 23rd  from 1:00 – 4:00 in PAC 740.
With Sean Buvala

An Accountable Repertoire: How to Do the "Three Sources" Research When Developing a New Worldtale.
The Internet, with its connections to libraries, blogs and sales of old books, has made the work of preparing a folktale, myth or fairytale much easier. There's simply no excuse anymore to not have multiple sources on a tale as you work to make it tellable in your own repertoire.
In this fast lab, Sean Buvala will take you through his process for researching and developing a new folktale first found in the "old books" collection at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. This is a lab, so the presentation will be short brief. Feel free to take notes. If there is time, Sean might be able to do a "live" demo from a story some of the students might be researching, so bring your ideas and questions.
Storyfind is a monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire. Each session will start with a short reception to welcome new participants to the community.  
More info

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Coming Up


Seaglass Storytelling
Saturday - January 30th
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (registration required)
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. 
Learn to craft your personal tales to have more impact and a lasting memory in the hearts and minds of your listeners. The "Sea Glass Storytelling Workshop" includes workshop, materials and a working lunch all for $39! Registration required.
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Be Passionate

What do you love? Not who, but what? It's important to know...and then act on.

I have a friend who is a bartender. He likes sports, football and soccer. Right now, he talks a lot about football and the playoffs. He has a lot of opinions about who are the best/worst teams, etc. He can simultaneously pour drinks, take orders, and talk for hours about football. But that's not his passion.

His passion is dogs. He is an animal behaviorist. 

The other day, I mentioned an eating quirk of my dog. He stopped what he was doing, turned to me and began a passionate, knowledgeable treatise as to why dogs act in certain ways. He looked straight into my eyes, he leaned forward, I knew he wanted me to understand fully. But not just because he wanted me to know...but because he was passionate about dogs and their behavior.

Perhaps you know someone like that. Someone who lives, eats and breaths the one thing that they are passionate about. It's as if it's in their blood, their DNA. When you talk with them, you know what their passion is.

So here's my tip for this week...know what your passion is.
If you are a storyteller, storytelling does not necessarily need to be your passion. But the subject of the story you tell should be! The first advice of most seasoned tellers is "Tell stories you love." I would go a step further and say, "Tell stories about people or things you are passionate about."

And the second part of the tip is...know what your characters are passionate about.
Do you know what your protagonist loves? Do you know what your antagonist has a passion for? Whether you tell it in the story or not, it's important to know what they are. What drives this person? What turns them on? What turns them off? What runs in their veins?

Being passionate about your story, and knowing your characters' passion(s) will propel you in the story, and make your listeners want to know more. And that's what we always want: our listeners to lean forward, be listening, and want to know...what happens next, and why.

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And speaking of passion...
Sean Buvala has brought back a new/old newsletter called Wednesday Words.


A great new addition to Sean's VAST repertoire of knowledge and expertise where he shares about many points of interest: tellers; events; tips; such other things that come to his mind, and the occasional rant.

And who knows...you may even see a bit of friendly rivalry or collaboration between Sean and your favorite (at least until now) newsletter editor!

Click on the link below to see the latest edition and to sign up for notices.
Click here for the last edition

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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

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - 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 July & August

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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - 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?

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


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