Monday - January 23, 2017
Issue # 247

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

Performance Opportunities at NSN Conference

This year's NSN National Storytelling Conference will, once again be in Kansas City, Missouri. This year, there are special Performance Opportunities June 29 - July 2, 2017. NSN is offering these story showcases during the daytime sessions (opposite workshops and other options) for storytelling producers and organizers and all who wish to enjoy storytelling performances.

There are some quidelines and qualifications, but this is a great opportunity to get in front of producers and organizers of storytelling events!
AND you can attend the conference and gain valuable knowledge through ongoing workshops and networking sessions.
DON'T MISS OUT - Deadline for submission is NEXT Tuesday, January 31st!
Here's the link for more info
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This Week


SIO Call-In LAB - What Story Are You Telling?

Join our January story lab call.
Tuesday, January 24th
Our guest is our vice-chair, Trisha Griffin-Carty.
January 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern. (1pm Mountain) The call in number is (513) 386-0000 and the access code is 518931#.

What story are you telling?
The research is in. Our brains love stories. And this is hugely important when it comes to networking and interviewing.

Concise, well-crafted stories create memorable impressions during interviews, networking events and presentations. People remember stories.

Each touch point with an interviewer, a company, a new contact is an opportunity to tell your story and communicate your skills, accomplishments and brand.

The question is...are you telling the most effective story? One that highlights your accomplishments and resonates with your audience? One that is authentic to who you are?
Join the call with SIO vice-chair and long-time trainer Trisha Griffin-Carty, as we explore how to help ourselves and our clients identify, develop and deliver short compelling stories.

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Estamos Aqui
Tuesday - January 31st - 7:00 pm
SMCC Performance Hall

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:   
Nate Romero
Bob Ortega
Marilyn Torres
Yovanni Flores
Michelle Tacubando
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

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Walk Around in the Places of Your Memory

Passing along this great tip from Donald Davis, offered at his workshop last week. This is only a "smidgeon" of what Donald taught during the all-day workshop. Here's the gist.

Think of a PLACE you have lived. Now you can expand on that by listing as many "places" you have lived that you can remember. You can also start with places you have worked, or gone to school. Alternatively, you could start with PEOPLE you know. Friends, family, co-workers, the list(s) can be endless.

Start describing the place. It's not necessary to "look for" a story, just look at the place. Walk around in that place. Take your time. As you begin to describe it, you will find more and more details. As you describe and SEE all the things around you in that place, the memories and the story begins to come into focus.

Remember that you are looking for the "trouble" in the story, your world turned upside-down. But don't go to the trouble too quickly. First remember what your "normal" world is like. The more you walk around in that memory, the more you will remember, and the more you can describe the picture(s) you see to us, your audience.

One of the things that Donald kept stressing is to "not rush the process". Take your time, walk around that place, walk with that person from your past. Make sure you can see them in YOUR memory, so that you can describe them clearly, then WE can see them in our minds too. Let the seeds of those memories grow. Keep coming back to them so you can remember more, and see more.

It takes time to build the clear memories and to build the pictures. And in the telling, it takes time to describe it to us.

Let us see the richness of what you experienced.


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Thanks for the Memories!
What a great workshop, Donald. Thanks for the memories!

Over 44 years ago, in 1972, the country was rocked by the "Watergate" scandal. The break-in at the Watergate hotel by the Republican National Committee that lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Since then, a host of other scandals all over the world began to be referred to with the word "gate" as a suffix. There were hundreds throughout the years, some of which were: Nannygate; Travelgate; Chinagate; and one of the most recent in the sports world - Deflategate.

But long before any of those "gates" came into the lexicon, I remember the most glorious "gate" I ever knew. As I searched the recesses of my memory, in Donald Davis' workshop Saturday, one particular image came into my mind.

During my summer years of high school, I attended Interlochen National Music Camp, an arts camp in Michigan. I studied drama and dance there. The boy's section of camp was on the opposite side of the road (and far away) from the main campus, and the girls' cabins.

There were two entrances to the girls' cabin area, on one side of the mess hall building was the "main" gate that most of the gals would use. But on the other side of the mess hall was a special gate that was designated for gals and guys to "say goodnight" after they had been on a date. This was established so those who had not been on a date would not feel embarrassed to walk through many sets of couples in various states of hugging and kissing. THAT was "Date Gate!"

If the gal you were with headed toward the main gate, it was a quick, cool, "I had a nice time", handshake and goodnight and good riddance.

But...if she held your hand and wandered towards Date Gate, then you knew you were headed to heaven! 

You see, on the main campus, in concerts and performances, there were rules about physical contact. It was verboten!

But the one place where contact was permitted was at Date Gate. There in the tree lined wilderness, under the evening cover of darkness, and the rustle of the leaves, there was a lot going on, sometimes with the assistance of a sturdy tree to lean against. Probing tongues, roving hands, some of the most ingenious moves occured while couples remained vertical! "Ah wilderness, where paradise enow!"

So, thanks Donald! Thanks for allowing me to revisit Date Gate, even if it was only in my mind!

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

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