Monday - January 9, 2017
Issue # 245

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

NSN Conference ~ Pre-Earlybird Registration

Register for the 2017 National Storytelling Conference by January 12, 2017, and save $10 off the early-bird price. By registering early, you may elect to pay in 6 monthly installments Jan. – June, 2017

“All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration”

Advanced Coaching

From Sean Buvala ~
Just a little big-something we've been working on over here via 
storyteller.net. Probably have the first parts out Monday night or Tuesday morning. Advanced coaching for the experienced artist who might be ready to move past the cult of Passion and more into Purpose. Some free parts. Some cost parts.

Well, Sean, sounds like a BIG SOMETHING to me!
Click here and watch this space.

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Estamos Aqui

Wednesday - January 11th - 6:30pm
Crescent Ballroom

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:      
Anel Arriola
Bob Ortega
Marilyn Torres
Tillie Chavez
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

The Storyline - Grandparents

January 13th - 8:00 pm
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix

Never have children, only grandchildren - Gore Vidal

Join us for a night of stories about the magical connection between grandparents and grandchildren. Featuring local storytellers: Marnee Burris, Tanya Chakravarty, Melissa Dunmore, Augustine Edosomwan, Kelcie Grega and Sylvia Torrey. With hosts, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and Dan Hoen Hull.

Tickets are $8 and available here:

East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 14th ~ 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

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Coming Up


The Donald is Coming!
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21

Great news from Liz Warren and SMCC - Donald Davis is coming for a concert and workshop next week! 

Storytellers - don't miss the chance to see Donald in concert and observe a Master Storyteller at work. And you will learn even MORE in his Saturday workshop. This is a great chance to learn from someone who has been telling stories all his life! And it's priced right too!

Friday, January 20: Evening Performance 7:00 pm, South Mountain Community College, Performance Hall, Free and open to the public. (Donation requested)

Saturday, January 21:  9:00 – 3:00  - From Memory to Story
The SMCC Storytelling Institute invites you to join master storyteller and teacher Donald Davis for a full-day workshop on finding stories that you didn’t know you had and turning them into stories. Donald will lead us in an experience to tap memory and to shape personal and family-based stories. You will learn:
  • Techniques for accessing memory for stories and story elements
  • Strategies for crafting effective stories
  • Tactics for telling to capture stories in heartfelt and meaningful ways

South Mountain Community Library, Community Room. Cost is $50

Coffee and snacks provided. There will be a lunch break. Bring your own, or there are many lunch places nearby.  
Contact Liz Warren to reserve your space. liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu, 602-243-8026.
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Who's Your Protagonist?

Who's the hero of your story? Who's your protagonist? 

Once upon a time, there lived a small boy named Jack. Jack was a bit lazy, and not too bright. He lived with his widowed mother in a small house, not too far from town. They were very poor, and struggled to make ends meet.


Once upon a time, there was a widow who lived in a small house, not too far from town. She was quite poor and struggled to make ends meet. She had a son named Jack, who was a bit lazy, and not too bright.

In the first example, it seems clear thet Jack is the protagonist. But in the second example, it may be a bit fuzzy. Yes, I know it's a subtle point, but stick with me here. (Illustration by Violeta Dabija)

Generally, we meet the protagonist very early on. There may be a bit of exposition before they enter: we may see the robbers, stealing from the bank, and holding hostages until, in walks Dirty Harry, our hero/protagonist. Perhaps the one factor in example number two above is that we make the "mother" an archetypal character by not naming her. Jack has a name, so we begin to assume that he is the main character, but in some situations, it may be murky.

Most of us know that the "protagonist" is thought of as: 

The leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.

Here's a bit of information you may not have been aware of. From the original Greek, the translation is "first actor":

Back in the day (no, I wasn't there, but sometimes I do feel that old!) the audience sat high on the hill at the theatre. It was difficult to actually see the actors' faces. Most were dressed in plain, non-descript costumes. Often, they had large masks that evoked a specific emotion. But in most cases, the protagonist was the "first actor" to come on stage. They were the hero (or heroin) of the play. They were the protagonist.
I mention this only to help you understand where your focus is in your story. There are times when more exposition at the beginning is necessary to set the scene, or convey a specific feeling. But remember who your hero is, who is the main character? Be careful about introducing lesser characters first. You want the protagonist "up front" in the minds of your audience.
There are exceptions to every rule: It may be useful to introduce the antagonist first, to help us understand what the main character has to deal with. Describing the dragon in great detail may help us understand what our hero has to overcome.
This tip, like all others, is not the end-all and be-all. It's to get you THINKIING about how you craft your story!


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Star Wars - The Hero's Journey - In Myth, Movies and Life
I'm a big fan of NPR. With the opening of Star Wars: Rogue One, Sunday's edition of the Ted Radio Hour featured Guy Raz exploring the Hero's Journey, and a look back at the original Star Wars movie. It was an amazing hour, that started with audio from a Bill Moyers' interview with the great mythologist Joseph Campbell - the man who codified the elements of the Hero's Journey!

The show also explored the concept with a few who have graced the TED stage and have literally been on their own Hero's Journey. "in real life", which is another concept from Campbell; that our own lives are at the heart of the Journey!

You'll also hear Star Wars creator George Lucas confirm that Campbell was one of his mentors and, yes, he did base the movie on the fundamentals of Campbell's theory.

Listen to the podcast here: http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/

Back in 1988, Bill Moyers interviewed Joseph Campbell. It became a six-part series on PBS. It's a fascinating look into the elements of the Journey, and the mind of the man who studied thousands of stories in order to develop his theory. At right, just a short snippet of the interview.

Here is a link for watching all six entire episodes:

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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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