Monday - January 2, 2017
Issue # 244

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

The Irish Storytelling Tradition - New Class at SMCC

Delve into the beatiful myths, legends, and folktales of the Irish Tradition this spring at the SMCC Storytelling Institute!

This 16 week course will explore:

  • The history and modern practice of storytelling in Ireland
  • Irish myths, legends, folktales and humorous tales
  • Great storytellers and story collectors of the past and present
  • Modern masters of Irish storytelling
  • The impact of the Irish Oral Tradition on modern Irish culture
  • How to research, develop and craft Irish stories for telling

Class meets on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30, from January 19 to May 11, 2017 in PAC 740.
Taught by Liz Warren, liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu
Irish Storytelling Tradition, STO-290, Class #36918
For registration information contact 602-243-8000, or visit http://www.southmountaincc.edu/classes/

Register Now for Storytelling Classes

Storytelling Classes start in just TWO weeks, 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. 

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 box, you may have to enter one of the following:
STO292, EDU292, HUM292

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, January 5th - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Hard work. Sometimes much harder than we expected. We’ve all been there in some way. What keeps us going? Are the fruits of our labor what we thought they would be? And who determines the conditions? Come listen to true local stories about digging deep and getting it done. 
Stoytellers include:
Joe Silins, Penny Bussell, Vic Roych, Cam Juarez, Jema Patterson, Monserrat Caballero and Lorena Parra Howard!
Curated by Jen Nowicki Clark
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

The Whole Story

First Friday, January 6th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

A New Project from Rachel Eseoghene Egboro

In celebration of the closing weekend of Kehinde Wiley's: A New Republic, The Whole Story is premiering their first public show titled Part 1. The Whole Story is a live, PG-14, quarterly storytelling event where people within the black community share stories of their everyday lives.
Joining the show's creator and curator Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, are featured storytellers, Alexus Rhone, Evan Roberts, Anwar Newton and Melissa Dunmore.
The group will take the stage at Phoenix Art Museum on First Friday, January 6th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 for general public and include admission to the Kehinde Wiley exhibit. Visit The Whole Story on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheWh0leSt0ry to purchase tickets for Part 1 and to learn more. 

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 7th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Tucson Tellers of Tales: monthly meeting and mini-workshop for members and guests at Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.
The workshop topic is “Developing a Storyteller: Soup to Nuts.” 
For more information about monthly programs and events, please visit our new website:  www.tellersoftalestucson.com

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 7th ~ 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.

Chek out their NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/

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

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Estamos Aqui
Wednesday - January 11th - 6:30pm
Crescent Ballroom

Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic as we celebrate the rich traditions of Latino-American culture through a night of stories on school, work, friendship and family in the Valley.
Featured Storytellers:      
Anel Arriola
Bob Ortega
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com.

Info & Tickets

The Storyline - Grandparents
January 13th - 8:00 pm
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix

Never have children, only grandchildren - Gore Vidal

Join us for a night of stories about the magical connection between grandparents and grandchildren. Featuring local storytellers: Marnee Burris, Tanya Chakravarty, Melissa Dunmore, Augustine Edosomwan, Kelcie Grega and Sylvia Torrey. With hosts, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and Dan Hoen Hull.

Tickets are $8 and available here:

East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, January 14th ~ 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 looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.

Start the New Year off with a great morning of storytelling with one of the most supportive groups in the Valley!
Click here for details & info

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That Darn Cat!

Have you been secretly watching cat videos on Facebook? Or perhaps you skip the cats and go for the dogs, otters, goats, owls or other exotic animals that are paraded in various vidoes and pictures. Admit it...you sometimes click on them!

Well, click on your own animals instead!

Our pets are a great source for stories. Perhaps there was that one time when your pet did something amazing or so outrageous that it justifies a whole story. Or maybe it was a string of incidents (a string-of-pearls) that can be woven together into a story. Or maybe-just maybe, you can combine a "pet story" with a traditional folktale or fairytale - like Sean Buvala's classic "The Demon Cat" story.

Think of all the times you have said, "Let me tell you what my [insert your pet's name here] did! Think of how you could craft that story for an audience larger than just your friend. Watch Sean's video here, and don't forget one of the most important rules for storytelling, "show, don't tell!" (see my previous blog on this)

Also remember to focus on "universal themes" so that everyone in your audience can relate to it.

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Ode to Ginger
Poems can also be stories. If you haven't seen her, I highly recommend Pippa White, a Master Storyteller who tells many of her stories in poetic form.

Emcee Corey McCloskey introduces
Ginger & Mark

Back in 2008, I was involved with the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Arizona. Their annual fundraiser, Evening to Paws was coming up and they had chosen a small shelter dog as the focus of the night, It was to be a "Cinderella" story and she was the Princess. I had recently lost my previous shelter dog and learned about this dog, they called her Tulip. I went to take a look at her and decided to adopt her - and she WAS a Princess!

I named her Ginger, and she was quite a handful. I used one of those "doorway gates" to keep her in the room, and she promptly climbed up and over it! She could go for hours, just playing "catch and fetch". She had a bark that was loud and deep, and sounded more like a German Shepherd than a small mixed mutt.

For the evening ceremony, I introduced her to the crowd, and told our story with this short poem:

Ode to Ginger
It was the end of November,
A gray and rainy day,
With her fur all scruffy and curled.
This pup was adopted from AAWL,
And she forever changed my world.
They called her Tulip,
But she spoke to me
And said it was such a shame
That the folks at the shelter never knew
That “Ginger” was her name.
Her undercoat is ginger-spice brown
And she’s as mischievous as can be.
She climbed the doggy gate that I put up.
“Don’t fence me in, I have to be free!”
She would cock her head and stare at me.
She’d back up a few steps, as if to say,
“Hey dad, come on, let’s go outside
Or at least get a toy and let’s play.”
Her bark is deep and rather loud.
If you didn’t see her, you’d never know
That she’s really just a tiny pup;
One foot tall from head to toe.
She loves to romp, and run and play.
She’s like a little gnome.
We found each other, we both know now
She has a “forever home.”
On that last day in November
The fates stepped in
And foretold a future, yet to be.
Somehow they knew that I would rescue her
So she could rescue me!
Mark Goldman 2/1/2008
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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

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

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 - *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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