Monday - January 28, 2019
Issue # 351

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New Voices Northlands Confabulation Scholarships - LAST CHANCE

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 - Last Chance

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

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This Week


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

The Moth - Main Stage

Friday - February 1st, 8pm - 10pm (doors open at 7)
Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

The Moth Main Stage

The event is directed by Jenifer Hixson, produced by Patricia Ureña hosted by Jon Goode and will feature storytellers Alistair Bane, Ruby Cooper, Tania Katan, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, and Michael VonAllman. 
Host of the event, Jon Goode, is an author, poet and playwright who hails from Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry, TVOne's Verses & Flow and BET's Lyric Café.
More info & tickets

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, February 2nd, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
At the Harmony Meeting Room:
1200 N Eldorado Place, Suite B-200 in Tucson

Tucson Tellers of Tales has a special workshop coming up!

The workshop: “Go Ahead and Laugh!” Ron Lancaster and Ethel Lee-Miller will share stories that will open you up to the humor in life. It feels good to laugh. Young children laugh about 400 times a day. We can learn from those kids. By the time we reach adulthood the number shrinks to about sixteen. But laughter decreases stress hormones and increases endorphins, which promote an overall sense of well-being. Smiles and laughter provide a hefty non-verbal connection.

Ethel Lee-Miller continues her love affair… with words, resulting in two published books, several anthologies, writing workshops, storytelling events, 100s of blog essays, and Facebook posts. She loves to read, write, hike, be with people, and laugh. This is her first collaboration with Ron.

Contact: etheleemiller@me.com  https://etheleemiller.com

Ron Lancaster has been telling stories out of school since he was out of school. He had both a radio and TV show called “Stories for the Whole Family.” His specialty is gentle stories for the heart laced with laughter and deep thought.  Raised up a good Catholic boy around a whole passel of siblings here in Tucson, but he wised up in Los Angeles while toiling on the outskirts of fame as a comedian.

The workshop is free to members. Guests are asked to donate $5 to cover meeting costs.

More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 235-4171 

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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, February 2nd ~ 10am - Noon
St. John's Lutheran Church
7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon. 
First hour: Business Meeting
Second Hour: Storytelling

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

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Coming Up


TOT Story Swap - Tucson
Tucson Tellers of Tales Story Swap
Tuesday, February 12th  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bookman’s Midtown, 3330 E Speedway - Tucson

Do you have a story you want to tell, but you need to take it out for a spin first?

Come to the next Free TOT Story Swap 

These informal story swap sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the art of storytelling in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Stories may be personal, traditional or an idea that needs to be brought to light. They may be at any stage of development and should be under 10 minutes long to allow time for thoughtful feedback, if desired.

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It's time for this tip again!



1.    a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
"“I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression,” said Mark, who was fond of theatrical metaphors"

synonyms: figure of speech, image, trope, analogy, comparison, symbol, word painting/picture
"the profusion of metaphors in her everyday speech has gotten pretty tiresome"

2.    a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.

"the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering"

Ah, metaphors, similes, figures of speech! Words and language; great tools of the storyteller. When you listen to great story tellers or spoken-word artists, one of the first things you notice (hear) is the language they are using; the words, the phrases. Their prose is made up of poetic lines that peek the interest of the audience. They spark the imagination of the listeners. They paint pictures that fill the minds of those who want to know, "What happens next?"

How can you find this type of creative language; phrases that make your audience lean forward with their ears perked up like a coyote, listening to the front, side and even to the back? 

Here's an exercise that I do with my Community College classes, but one could do it on your own too.

Focus in on ONE object. I start with fruits and vegetables. Let's take an avocado. We usually go around in a circle, with each student taking ONE aspect, using each sense: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, describe the item using a metaphor or a simile. You can try each one by itself.

Sight: This avocado is as green as the rolling hills of Ireland
Touch: This avocado has the skin of an alligator
Sound: The wind whistles past this avocado, skipping lightly over it's bumps.
Smell: This avocado has the scent of dark green and light green all at once.
Taste: The thrice tastes of the avocado: The outside is rough and bitter; the inside is smooth and creamy; the pit is as hard as my ex-lover's heart!

After you have done this with several different items, focus on your story. Try to use each of the senses (one at a time) in a metaphor or simile to describe a character, a setting or an object in your story.

Jack was as lazy as the hare who took a nap in the middle of the race with the tortoise!
That cow would not give milk! She was as stubborn as an old mule and as dry as the desert could be.
Jack and his mom were so poor that even the rats went to bed without dinner.
The sight of those "magic" beans made Jack's head start spinning like a carnival carousel.
That con man saw Jack coming from a mile away; a brain as small as one of his beans; and a cash cow, money-on-the-hoof.
As jack and the cow neared, kicking up the dry, dusty road, the con man began to salivate with impending glee. That spot on the path became the oasis he had been waiting for.

Etc., etc., and so forth!

I use a thesaurus too, to find other words or phrases to spark a good metaphor!

Try with adjectives too: as tall as, wide, smart, dumb (as a box of rocks), beautiful, fast, creative, silky,, etc.

Use your "image engine": See Jack, staning there, with the cow tethered to himself. What's the image that comes to mind? What does he look like?

STORYTELLING STUDENTS: For extra credit - Send an e-mail to mark@storytellermark.com  before 2pm on Thursday Jan 31st with a metaphor or simile about our STORYTELLING CLASS. EX: Our storytelling class is a three ring circus with acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists and a clown as the ringmaster! Note: You can't use a circus in YOUR metaphor. - Possible five points.

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How the States Got Their Abbreviations
Thanks to Marian Patterson Gianatti for posting this on Facebook. I thought it was a great story!

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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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