Monday - January 21, 2019
Issue # 350

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

Celebrate Martin Luther King JR. Day

   "...not by the color of their skin, 

                    but by the

        content of their character!"

When King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, August 1963, I was almost 15 years old. That was over 55 years ago. We marched, protested, linked arms and sang We Shall Overcome.(some day).

It's been over 50 years, half a decade, and "Some Day" has not come yet! In fact, in many ways, things have gotten worse. For blacks and many other shades of brown, red and yellow.

I lived through it. How about you? What stories do you have about that time, or were you born after? What stories do you have about how you learned (or didn't) about the Civil Rights Movement and MLK? Use the comment section below to tell us your story.

We must pay attention. If we cannot learn to love and respect one another, we are surely doomed to extinction... by our own hands.

New Voices Northlands Confabulation Scholarships - TWO WEEKS LEFT

Conference Scholarships to Northlands' Confabulation!
Madison, WI - April 26-28, 2019

Northlands Storytelling Network is offering “New Voices” Conference Scholarships to anyone 18 years and older who is new to storytelling and is interested in improving their skills and/or using storytelling in their respective fields.

Recipients of the scholarships will be paired with others at the conference who will act as guides and resources during the conference. Up to four scholarships may be awarded. Members of the Northlands Scholarship Committee will judge applications and determine scholarship winners. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Who May Apply:

• Adults ages 18 year and older, interested in using storytelling in their respective fields, i.e., education, psychology, museum education, environmental education, healing arts, law, religion, business, theater, freelance storytelling, library services, etc. • Recipients may only receive the scholarship twice within a five-year period. Winners Receive: • Free conference registration. • 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) shared lodging with another scholarship recipient. • Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner (complimentary breakfast at hotel)

• Membership to Northlands Storytelling Network for one year. Additional Requirements: • Must provide own transportation to/from conference.
• Meet with the New Voices coordinator and other scholarship recipients over breakfast Saturday morning. Application:

Please provide the following information:
• Name, Address, City, State, Zip
• Telephone Numbers (home and cell)
• Email Address
• Employer/Job Title
• Year of Birth
• Answer the following questions:
   1. How did you hear about the New Voices Scholarship?
   2. Why are you interested in attending the Northlands Storytelling Conference?
   3. Have you ever received a Northlands Scholarship? If so, in what year?
   4. Have you ever attended a regional or national storytelling conference?
       If so, in what year and the name of the conference?
   5. Describe your experience with storytelling and/or story listening.
   6. How can storytelling be used in your present or desired line of work?

Email your application to: northlands.storytelling@gmail.com List “Scholarship” in subject line

Application Must be Received by: January 31, 2019 

NSN Summit - Fringe Performance Opportunity - Two Weeks Left

The Fringe @ the NSN is back for its 13th Season! Explore the limits of storytelling at the National Storytelling Summit. July 25-27, 2019 Fremont, California 

Want to present 55 minutes of your most compelling, riskiest, experimental or work in progress storytelling? How about joining forces with a friend(s) to create an ensemble performance event? Think of all the possibilities: 55 minutes of autobiography, performance art, folktales, stand-up, puppetry, dance or your favorite long form story!

What is the Fringe? The NSN Fringe follows the standard Fringe Festival model by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework. In keeping with the Fringe principle of an un-juried selection process, Fringe performers for the 2019 National Storytelling Summit will be selected by lottery.

Deadline for submission: Midnight on January 31, 2019 CST
Click here for more info

Next Generation NSN Summit Scholarships

The National Storytelling Network (NSN) is offering Scholarships to students and young adults interested in attending our 2019 National Storytelling Summit. Recipients of the scholarships will be paired with others at the Summit that will act as guides and resources during the Summit. For more information contact Judy Sima (judy@judysima.com or 248-644-3951).

Who May Apply?
Adults ages 18-35 (graduated or no longer attending high school), interested in using storytelling in their respective fields (i.e., education, psychology, museum educator, environmental educator, healing arts, law, religion, business, theater, freelance storytelling, etc.)

Click here for more info

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers Project - New Beginnings

Wednesday January 23rd -
Peoria Center for Performing Arts

Change can be getting a new haircut, having a baby, deleting a number or leaving it all behind. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of stories about the choices, discoveries and accidents that change our lives.

Kaila White, Arizona Republic azcentral journalist.
Liz Warren, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Director.
Hugh "H.D." Hunter
Patrick Roland
Will Brown
Valerie Marsh
Joshua Bowling
Click here for more info

A Slice: Stories and Cake - Home

Thursday - January 24th - 7:00 pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! 
This month's theme: Home
This Month's Cake: Strawberry
This month's MC - Mario Avent
Featured Teller: Kaden Sheffield
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

Two Spirit Project

Saturday - January 26
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institue is hosting this very special project in the Performimg Arts Center

Open the link in a browser page

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Coming Up


The Moth - Intentions
Thursday - January 31st, 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Theme: Intentions

Prepare a five-minute story about best-laid plans. To do lists, apologies, New Years resolutions. Making something happen through sheer will. What I meant was....
Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

$10 - Advance purchase recommended
More info & tickets

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Lift Up Your Audience!

Storytelling Rule #1: Tell stories you love!

Storytelling Rule #2: Tell Stories your audience loves.

And as often as you can, lift up your audience!

Find stories that are joyful, happy, funny, heart-warming, etc. Yes, you can tell the scary stories; the ghost stories... but save them for that special night or performance. Most audiences want to be lifted up. They want to know that things turn out all right. They want to know that there is hope. So, tell those stories.

Sad or maudlin tales will leave the audience in a down mood. If the body of the story is that way, try to make the ending successful or uplifting. Did the protagonist meet the challenge? Did he/she overcome the hurdle? Did he/she slay the dragon? I hope so. If they didn't your audience may not come back for the next set, or show!

Yes, there are times when one needs to tell a difficult story. Certainly, in school, a story is a better way to relate history than a simple list of events. But even then, it is helpful to find an ending that exalts, or brings us back to a good place.

Life isn't always happy and uplifting, but that's part of the role of a storyteller.

Disclaimer: There are always exceptions to the rule.

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Talking Stories
Do you know about Talkiing Stories? Get Your Stories Heard World-Wide On Talking Stories The UK's First and Only Radio Show Dedicated to the Art of Storytelling and Stories For All Ages and FREE

Talking Stories is curated by Tony Cranston, a quite eclectic British Storyteller.

To contact Tony Cranston: Email totocranston@hotmail.com
Talking Stories Website

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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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