Monday, January 31, 2017
Issue # 248

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

DEADLINE TOMORROW - 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 TOMORROW - 
Tuesday, January 31st!
Here's the link for more info
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This Week


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

Myth-Informed: African Myths and Legends of Impeccable Leadership

Wednesday - February 1st - 6:30pm
SMCC Library Community Room

An evening of African Myths and Legends on the theme of
Impeccable Leadership.

Tellers will include Marilyn Torres, Sylvia Torrey, Jarvis Tunde Hurts, Beverly Poellnitz, Travis May and Liz Warren!

Free and open to the public!

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, February 2nd - 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

Theme: Mission
For this “Mission” show we’ll hear stories about a military mission in the Middle East as well as a missionary trip to the Sudan. And we’ll also hear from ordinary people who chose a target and took their best shot, hit or miss. Come enjoy an exciting night of schemes, dreams, and heroic deeds.
 Political Cartoonist David Wayne Fitzsimmons
 Firefighter Ardell Deliz
 U.S. Air Force Linguist Jordan Wilson
 Former Missionary Ellen Morrell
 Emergency Dispatcher Steve Braun
 Chef, Activist, and All-Around Badass Liane Hernandez
 Mission San Xavier Del Bac Restoration Expert Timothy Lewis

Curated by Molly McCloy
$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

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, February 4th - 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 program, “A Little Chaos in the Territory,” will be presented by Marc Severson who plans to share his experience on how his book moved from idea to publication.

We are happy to report our group is on the “grow,” with four new members signing up so far this year. After attending our January meeting, a guest shared the following remarks on our Meetup account page:

“Thank you Tucson Tellers of Tales members for enlivening my Saturday morning and my heart. You are a warm, welcoming and inspiring group of people and I learned a lot in listening to the three of you (and your "listening president" as well). I am not sure how I will personally move into the world of storytelling or what "prime time" looks like but you were compelling enough to return to. I will see you next month with my $15 and my eagerness to learn more. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.”  - Sher

Click here for their 2017 Calendar

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, February 4th ~ 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


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, February 11th ~ 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

Tattoo Stories
Sunday - February 12th - 7:00pm
Community Christian Church

Another in the series of stories from Doug Bland's Storytelling Church!

Stories of Tattoos

Lisa Tolentino
Julie Min
Keeley Bruner
Ashton Skinner
Kyle Mitchell
Lane Wilcken

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Overcoming Obstacles

My computer is in HOSPICE!

By that I mean that it is slowly dying. A couple of weeks ago, it started acting strange. It wouldn't save any WORD files, then it other programs began to crash. When I tried to download new versions of the programs that were giving me difficulty, they didn't download or install correctly. It was in a Cyber Coma, and my pain followed quickly after!

Now, that might not sound like much of an "obstacle", but it could be. In reality, getting the Newsletter posted along with EVERYTHING else I do where my computer is an integral part of my life is a BIG THING to me. It is an obstacle that I need to get over.

Remember that, like the Hero's Journey, there must be some obstacle that your protagonist must overcome, whether it is slaying the dragon, capturing the Golden Fleece, solving the riddle of the Sphinx...or finding a way to fix or replace a computer.

What skills does your protagonist posses? How have they used those skills in the past (long ago and recent past)? How might they use them in conquering the "trouble" that has befallen them? Who is the "helper" who can advise and encourage your protagonist? Are there humorous parts to this story? Or is it a more serious tale? Who is your audience? Can they relate to the trouble and struggle your protagonist must endure? Will they be elated once the obstacle is conquered?

MY struggle is almost over. I have purchased a refurbished computer and am cloning my old computer before it dies on me. I must remember that it is close to ten years old (I am using OFFICE 2007!). I know that it's tiime is near and that I should be happy that it lasted this long, as the life expectancy of most computers is only 4-6 years. It was good to me, but it's time to let it go.

Your hurdles, and your protagonist's may be large or small, but remember that story is about the struggle, and the triumph once the obstacle is overcome!

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If Your Obstacle is Money - Start Saving Now!
We've got just a few spaces left!

We are finding the lowest airfares I have seen in the past seven years! Currently, round trip is $850. That makes the total cost around $2600! Fares are going up and down, I am checking fares daily, so contact me if this piques your interest. PLUS, I can make a payment plan if needed!

This time, the plan is to also visit Dublin and some of the surrounding countryside, like Blarney Castle (kiss the Blarney Stone), the Cliffs of Moher; ride the storytelling bus in Dublin; visit many pubs in the Temple Bar district; and walk the historic grounds of Trinity College. That's in ADDITION to all the other cities and venues in England!

Last year's tour was a great success. Mostly, we laughed! Everyone said it was a great tour and they loved it. Three students and two teachers from GCC had a great time on the scheduled events and were extremely happy about the large amount of "free time" that they had to explore on their own.

The dates for next summer are May 16th through May 28th. That's eleven days on the ground, for sightseeing, telling stories, doing a little teaching and coaching, and laughing a lot! I guarantee you'll have the time of your life, and live happily ever after!
More info here

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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?

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


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