Monday, October 12, 2015
Issue # 181

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Myth Informed: Classic Moves

TONIGHT - Monday, October 12th- 6:30-8:30 pm

The top eight winners from the Throw Down will tell their full versions for Myth Informed Classic Moves.

Faculty with their winning students: James Ashcroft, Liz Warren, Laura Rutherford, Chrissy Dart, Marian Patterson Giannatti, Nancy Allen Wolter, Marilyn Torres-Sierra, Marilyn Torres, Mario Avent, Christopher Gonzales, and Mark Goldman. — with Jim Ashcroft, Laura Rutherford, Marian Patterson Giannatti, Nancy Allen Wolter, Marilyn Torres-Sierra, Marilyn Torres and Mark Goldman.

Starts at 6:30 pm in the Performance Hall at SMCC - it's FREE! Come on down and join the fun!

E-mail Liz Warren for more info
Check the calendar section for details

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This Week


Workshop with Dan Hoen Hull:

Tuesday, October 13 - 7:00-9:00 PM
The award-winning co-founder of TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a workshop on live, first-person storytelling.

Dan Hoen Hull says that you can look deep into your own personal experiences to seek the "golden egg" of your own storytelling, and then use it to create a meaningful story. He takes you from page to stage, exploring the steps to craft a sincere narrative and an engaging performance.
DAN HOEN HULL is a writer, storyteller, producer, teacher, and Zen monk. He is the co-founder of the storytelling collective TheStoryline.org, which has been key in the development of the downtown Phoenix storytelling scene. Hull produces two local storytelling shows, "Yarnball" and "Storyline," and has sold out two consecutive years of his solo performances of "Bad Buddhist." Phoenix New Times has named him "Best Storyteller MC" and was included in their list of "Top 10 Creatives in Phoenix." He was also the recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award in Creative Writing.
Cost: $25.
Registration and pre-payment at 602.274.0067

Click here for more info and registration form.

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Coming Up


Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Here is the schedule:

Tales of the Sonoran Desert: Nature Center

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.

Spooky Stories around the Campfire

Friday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.: Area 4


Storyfind Workshop with Mark Goldman
Saturday, October 24th - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SMCC PAC 140 - Part of the SMCC Storyfind Series!

                    STORYFIND and SMCC present a free workshop with Mark Goldman
          Good stories are not merely linear — point “A” to point “B”
Like a river or stream, good stories have an ebb and flow; changing speeds, rushing rapids, pools of calm, bends and falls.
In this workshop, Storyteller, Author and Coach Mark Goldman walks you step-by-step through this tested “flow map” method of plotting out and crafting your story. More than storyboarding: This process allows the teller to make conscious decisions regarding scenes, characters, POV, and the best structure for a given audience and environment!
Bring a story - we'll be working with both personal and traditional stories!
What you will learn:
  • What sequence of events works best for your story
  • How to expand or contract your story based on time frames and audience
  • What characters are needed and how they relate to each other and the story
  • How to use “backstory” elements to enhance your story
  • And more!
Comments from the workshop recently done in Tucson:

What a great workshop! I loved all the examples you shared with us. I came home trying to re-configure an old story that I have always loved, but haven't felt worked. Many thanks for being with us.
Jean B.

[I Learned] ways to tell the same story from a different point of view, depending on the audience and the message.
Gloria M.

It helped energize my storytelling. [It was] well paced and very informative.
Marc S.

This will help me build rapport with my audience as well as learn to engage them.
Carol R.

The workshop was wonderfully informative and beautifully delivered. I haven't seen our group so energized in a long time...you have set a high bar for our future workshops. Mark Goldman's workshop provided insight about the art of sharing a story that even the folks who do not call themselves storytellers found interesting and useful. This is the sign of a true communicator!
Glenda B.














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Arizona Storytellers - Fall Frights
Monday - October 26th
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown - Skyline Room
50 E. Adams
Phoenix AZ 85004 US

Fall Frights - Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona under the stars at Skyline - the fifth-floor rooftop patio - for a night of frightening, unnerving and even spooky true stories. From ghosts and specters to the kind of quiet terrors that keep us awake at night. 
Featured Storytellers:
Rachel Egboro 
Ryan Sadler 
Diana DeLugan
Dan Hull
Anel Arriola
Kyle Mitchell 
Jill Ressler
Registration begins at 6 p.m., 
Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

For more details & Tickets

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Be Vewy, Vewy Careful

In the news industry, they're called "sound bites". Often, a sound bite is not only NOT the "whole" story, it's not even the "right" story. Many times a sound bite is used to "spin" a story a certain way, sometimes to the detriment of the person in the story. As Elmer Fudd says, "Be vewy, vewy careful", about what you read on the internet (or anywhere else" that may not be the whole story.

That said, certain types of sound bites, or cryptic phrases can be used by storytellers to "set up" the listeners to think one way, and then later reveal that it meant something else. Once again, Elmer's advice is crucial here. Be careful and wise about how and when theses are used.

A student of mine began his "fact based" story:

"My name is Tom, and I was the property of Benjamin Franklin."

He then continued on to tell us all the ways that he was treated by Franklin: "Had to sleep in the barn; only got fed once a day; was punished with a beating when he didn't obey, etc."

What were we all thinking? That Tom was a slave... but in fact, the teller revealed at the end of the story that Tom was Franklin's dog. This was a very effective technique, using the "assumption" that we all had to show us the analogy of the way a dog is treated to the way slaves were treated. It was well done.

The caveat here is that once an image is placed into the listeners' minds, it may be hard to change. Consider the following statement.

The man insisted that the girl sleep in his bed!

What's your initial reaction? What are you thinking, feeling? As a "sound bite" it could be very disturbing. If one goes further, the image of the man could get worse and worse.

They argued. Their voices got louder. The girl did not want to and said, "There is NO way I will do that!" The man countered, "I will just find a way to force you to."

Pretty strong words, evoking high emotions, right? The longer one continues with this thread, the harder it may be to come back from a dangerous feeling or assumption.

But what if THIS were the scenario:

The man insisted that the girl sleep in his bed! "You are the guest in my house. the couch is too hard. I insist that you take the bed and I take the couch!"

Well, now, that's a whole different kettle of fish - isn't it?

It can be an effective technique, But we always have to ask ourselves, "What will the listeners be feeling? Do I want them to feel, assume that? If I go too long, will I be able to get them back? Will it all SERVE the story?

Stories that start one way and later shift can be very effective. But remember to "Be vewy, vewy careful!"

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Videos From Jonesborough Festival
Did you try to log on to the Jonesborough Festival Live Streaming site last week? Were you frustrated by the lack of video quality and the intermittent signal?

Fret no more!

High quality videos of all the performers in the Library tent on Friday are now online for you to view. You can see classic performances from, Bil Lepp, Eth-Noh-Tec, Noa Baum, Peter Cook, Jay O'Callahan, Beth Horner, Doug Elliot, Susan Klien, Jan Blake, Adam Booth, Donald Davis, Maeva Ordaz, Sheila Arnold Jones and Charlotte Blake Alston - whew, what a lineup!

Don't miss this opportunity to see these great tellers!
Click here for the video page.

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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

Yarnball Storytellers 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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - 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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