Monday - January 8, 2018
Issue # 296

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

Something Special This Way Comes

                         Only FOUR weeks left before something special happens.
                                              Can you guess what the event is?

Be the first to E-mail me with the correct answer and win

(for you, or a friend)

Send me an E-mail with your guess.

Tellers of Tales in Tucson - New Officers

Tellers of Tales in Tucson now has new leaders at the helm! Those who have previously served the group in 2017 will now be working in the background as advisors and mentors. Our new officers for 2018 are:

Gloria Myers, President
Jean Baxter, Vice President
Ellen Morall, Secretary
Nooshie Moraref, Treasurer

Congratulations to the new officers, and a big thanks to the past officers and members who have assisted in moving the organization forward!

Storytelling Classes Start in ONE WEEK

Storytelling Classes start in just ONE week, on January 16th. 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. 

But 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 boxes.

I currently have 1 opening in my Tuesday/Thrsday classes at 2:45-4:00pm (HUM292 or EDU292). 
And 7 openings in my Tuesday/Thrsday classes at 4:20-5:35pm (HUM292 or EDU292). 
South Mountain has the most classes about storytelling, but many of the other Maricopa Colleges have classess too. Check them out at the link below and change the parameters to meet your needs.
*Note: The Art of Storytelling may also be listed as HUM292 or EDU292
          Multicultural Folktales may also be listed as HUM294 or EDU294

Click here to see all course listings - change the parameters to see listings at other colleges

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, January 13th ~ 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 a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.

NOTE: PHOENIX ROCKNROLL MARATON - The Phoenix RockNRoll Marathon is this weekend. There are different races on Fri, Sat, Sun. Here's a link to the race map & road closures for Saturday: MAP
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


All God's Critters
Thursday - January 18th - 
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253

An Invitation

Doug Bland, Executive Director of AZ Interfaith Power & Light

Reasa Currier, Faith Outreach Director at the Humane Society of the United States, for


”All God’s Critters”

A dinner celebrating Arizona’s unique wildlife & wild spaces
through stories & songs.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6pm

The Franciscan Renewal Center,

5802 E Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253

RSVP to rcurrier@hsus.org

Two-Day Mid-Winter Story-Speakers' Retreat

Friday & Saturday - January 26th & 27th
Sandy Oglesby's Home

Sean Buvala says:
We will be working with the three pillars, the three essentials of the story experience, we'll talk about the person of the artist, the role of the words we speak, and how we gather an audience. Some reflection. Some art. Some business.

An intensive. A retreat. A rethinking for anyone involved in working with story in spoken word, oral storytelling, poetry and the like. Details to follow. 
Friday evening. Saturday all day until early evening. Comfortable, private home setting. One dinner, one lunch, snacks and supplies included in price.
$195 Per Person Includes:
Four General Sessions, Media and Materials
Small-Group Gathering of 6-12
Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakout Snacks
Saturday Lunch
Free House-Concert Saturday Night (Name-in-the-hat style)
Online access to event audio recordings (If technology cooperates)
30-minute after-the-event private telephone coaching with Sean
Optional: You can go out for dinner locally if you’d like or you can join the staff for a light Saturday Dinner for an extra fee of $15. All meals are at the retreat location.
Contact: Sean Buvala
Phone: 623-298-4548

Open Mic - House Concert with Sean Buvala: Leadership
Saturday - January 27th - 7:30pm
Sandy Oglesby's Home
3912 E. Sunnyside Dr
Phoenix AZ 85028 AZ

An evening of storytelling and spoken-word hosted by Sean Buvala, at the private home of Sandy Oglesby.

Doors open at 7pm; give yourself time to park in the neighborhood. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Drop your name in the hat if you want your 5-7 minutes of fame and glory on the theme of "Leadership." Keep it PG rated. We'll get through as many people as we can until the end of the evening.

Cash donations welcome. 
RSVP: seantells@gmail.com

AZ Storytellers Project - New Beginnings
Wednesday - January 24th - 7:00 pm
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
10580 N 83rd Dr, Peoria, AZ 85345

Hello West Valley! We are having our first ever Arizona Storytellers show in Peoria, AZ. New year, new location!

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.

Emcee: Karina Bland, Republic columnist

Featured tellers: 
Julie LaJoe
John Vasquez
Mark Garcia
Dhamana Shauri
Sarah Edwards
Dominique Flagg

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 info@storytellersproject.com. 

Info & Tickets

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That Moment When...

This past holiday season, as each one before it, many of us watched "It's A Wonderful Life". It made me think again about this tip from three years ago:

You remember it. The memory is as clear as if it happened yesterday. It could have been yesterday; it could have been a long time ago. But you can see it, it's like a movie in your head. That moment when...

We all have those "moments" that are significant in our lives. Perhaps it's one of those firsts or lasts, pivotal moments that make or mark a change in our life path.

There are many such moments in Frank Capra's holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. Like many of us, Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey experiences ups, downs and challenges that continually test his character.

Watch how Capra captures the nervousness, the doubt, the internal conflict of both characters in this "love" scene between Stewart and Donna Reed. Their subtle expressions, breathing and hesitations set against the fast talking dialogue on the other end of the phone are powerful images.

What if you were to tell this story? How would you do it? What words and language would you use to describe what is going on? What body movements and facial expressions would show us what is happening? How would you use your breathing and voice and eyes to help us see the images for ourselves?

Now think of one of your own "moments". Maybe it's not a love scene, or an earth shattering incident in your life, but it was important to you. It was a moment you will never forget. The memory is crystal clear in your mind.

Now tell us about that moment when...

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San Diego Connection
 eclipse "Unseen Forces,"January 3rd, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

NEW VENUE: Join Mindy Donner, Marilyn McPhie, Eric Tauber and friends for the inagural evening at Eclipse Chocolate,  2145 Fern Street (around the corner from Rebecca's in South Park), telling traditional folktales, literary works and original stories. 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5   
Event poster (.pdf)

      Eclipse Chocolate website, info and map  phone(619) 578-2984   

Rebecca is being forced out of her lease. A GoFundMe campaign is underway to help her relocate. Please consider donating. Link to donation page   

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, January 17th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website





SAVE  THE DATE: 8th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival, March 17th, Encinitas Public Library, all day.  FREE

Ongoing Events

Open Mic Storytelling

Story Constortium  Story Consortium


Open Mic storytelling hosted by Edward Deull, 5-7 minutes story, 
Check Facebook page link for next event



"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, January 9th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Big Shot"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email


Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
January 24th, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com


Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, January 20th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: TBD  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website

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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

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

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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