Monday - October 2, 2017
Issue # 282

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

It's October!

                                                 Autumn - Leaves Falling - Colors Changing - Camping
                                                        Octoberfest - Beer - Dancing - Rowdiness
                                             Halloween - Costumes - Face Painting - Candy - Pumpkins
                                                 Ghost Stories - Jump Stories - Stories of the Haunted

                                                                                  BREATHE  IT  IN!

The San Diego Connection

Rebeccas "Spooky Tales to Tell in the Dark," October 4th, 7:00pm in South Park

"First Wednesday" at Rebecca's Coffee House with Marilyn McPhie, Eric Tauber, Mindy Donner,  and Pamela Reinagel, 3015 Juniper St. in South Park, telling traditional folktales, literary works and original stories. 7:00 - 8:45, Suggested donation $5                      
      Rebecca's website  phone(619)284-366            Event poster

Marilyn McPhie "Haunting Tales for an October Afternoon," October 11th, 1:00- 2:30, San Marcos Library


2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. An OASIS event, information (760) 891-3000

Same Program: October 18th, 1:00 OASIS, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Ste. 269

information OASIS (619) 581-6262, website

ALSO: October 16th, 1:00pm, "Storytelling Program," Senior Symposium, Carmel Valley Library

3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego 92130, information: (858) 552-6262, FREE

San Diego Folk Heritage "30th Anniversary Concert," October 14th, 7:30pm, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Carlsbad

Berkley Hart, Lady Rogo, Trails and Rails and storyteller, Marilyn McPhie, 2020 Chesnut Ave, Carlsbad, $22 (members SDFH $18) information: SDFH website 

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, October 18th, 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

Plus lots of open mics - Click here for their events page

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This Week


Storyscope - Story Circle

Monday - 10/2/17 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Community Christian Church in Tempe, AZ
1701 S College Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85281

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s your story about “home”? Join your neighbors and the Storyscope team – local facilitators devoted to the time-honored art of storytelling – to share your unique story and get to know more about others by bearing witness to their stories.
Story circles bring people together to explore a common theme in a spirit of equity and belonging. As each person takes a turn – sharing his or her unique lived experience and perspective – a larger, richer, more complex story emerges. Things we have in common, and real differences, can be brought to light. A story circle is a kaleidoscope of human experience – the colors and shapes we each contribute are intertwined; what’s reflected back to us is illuminating and ever-changing, with multiple dimensions, twists and turns.
- The event begins with welcoming remarks and an interpretation of the theme by a performing artist. 
- Next, the group breaks into small story circles. Facilitators guide the flow from one person to another, each sharing a personal story of three minutes or so.
- Then the entire group reconvenes for reflection and a poetic or musical epilogue.
After registering, you’ll receive story prompts and storytelling tips. No storytelling experience necessary.


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Haunted

Thursday, October 5th - 7:00 pm
The YWCA, Francis McClelland Community Center, 529 N. Bonita Ave.

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Haunted
Curated by Roscoe Mutz
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The YWCA, Francis McClelland Community Center, 529 N. Bonita Ave.
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Regrets, longing, and missed opportunities. Creaks, groans, and bumps in the night. Things just out of view in the dark. The hairs raising on the back of your neck. A sudden drop in temperature. Is something there? Join us as our storytellers share true stories of what haunts them!
Storytellers include: Lisa Cardenas, Faith Keleher, Miles Schneiderman, Michael Cardenas, Jane Bendickson, and Andy Cross.

Click here for details & info

Shining Stars Talent Show - Fundraiser

Performance - Friday - October 6th - 7:00 PM
SMCC Performing Arts Center

Save the date for the SMCC Shining Stars Talent Show and Fundraiser at the South Mountain Community College Performing arts Center.
A variety of performing artists from SMCC and the community will audition in September to earn a place in the program. Stay tuned!
The tickets are $25 and the audience will determine which acts take home the cash prizes. A panel of judges will be present for commentary. First place wins $1000, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200. Use the link provided to purchase tickets online!
Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS), a scholarship foundation, is coordinating auditions in September for a talent show in October at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), to raise money for student scholarships. 

GCC Students - What is one of your shining talents? Write a ONE to TWO paragraph story that tells me something about that talent. Make sure you proofread for grammar and spelling. Submit the story by email no later than 2 pm Tuesday, Oct 3. Maximum 15 extra credit points.

When I was in the sixth grade, it might have been seventh, My parents asked me if I wanted to learn to play a musical instrument. I said yes, and started out to decide which one to choose. My sister played piano, so that was a no. I also eliminated the big stuff like tuba and sousaphone. I thought any of the reed instruments would tickle my lips too much, so they were out. None of the strings...I wanted band, not orchestra. Then came the brass, trombones looked tough as you had to guess where to put the slide - no marking or guide! I almost went with the trumpet, as it only had three valves. How hard could that be?

Then - I saw the drums! But more importantly, I saw the sheet music for the drums. All the other instruments had notes going up and down the scale. But drums...drums had all the notes on ONE line! All I had to learn was the rhythm, the count...no other notes or scales. The drums looked so much easier than anything else. THAT was the ONE for me! So, much to my sister's dismay, I chose the drums. She was usually the only other person in the house when I was practicing (read "making noise"). Yes, I knew it was torture for her. Ah...such sweet torture!

Ticket Info

The Whole Story - Part IV

First Friday, October 6th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

The Whole Story returns to Phoenix Art Museum with Part IV.
Featured storytellers take the stage on October 6, First Friday at 7:30pm. Joining the show's director, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, are featured storytellers: Stella Kiarie, Ghazi Hamza Muhammad, Dr. Quintin Boyce, Fatimah Halim and Anwar Newton.
The Whole Story is a live, PG-13, quarterly storytelling event where people within the Black community share stories of their everyday lives. Through stories about personal experiences, The Whole Story seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to our understanding of one another and the issues we face surrounding identity and connection, exploring both themes particular to the Black community as well as more universal experiences told from a Black perspective.

Ticket Info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday,October 7th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Tellers of Tales in Tucson
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

“Bump In The Night”  A fun time to hear, tell and swap favorite spooky stories.
Members and guests are invited to share a short, Halloween tale and bring ten copies of the story to swap with others who might be interested in telling the tale, too! 
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, October 7th ~ 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.

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

Celebrating Doug Bland - Retiring at the end of October

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 4:00 pm
Community Christian Church
1701 S College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Tempe Community Christian Church
Invites you to join in 
A Celebration of Doug Bland’s Ministry
In Story and Song
There will be a program at 4:00 p.m.
followed by a reception with light refreshments.  
All are welcome.  We hope that you can join us!
RSVP to the church office 
by emailing to office@tempeccc.com 
or calling the office at (480)-967-5266.


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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Work Stories
Wednesday - 10/11/17 - 7:00 pm

2828 N Central Ave #100
Phoenix AZ 85004 US

Most of us work hard and play rarely, the benefit being we have lots to say about the workplace. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about workplace adventures, mishaps and triumphs. 

Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project and Joanna Brathwaite, social media and events producer at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com

Featured tellers:
Erika Ferrin
Jen Cushman
Lawrence Robinson
Dr. Sharon Thompson
Pamela Spence 

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 Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com.

Storyscope - Story Circle
Friday- 10/13/17 at 7 PM - 9 PM
The Empty Space at ASU
970 E University
Tempe 85281 US

Another Storyscope Event!
After registering, you’ll receive story prompts and storytelling tips. No storytelling experience necessary.


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, October 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!

Click here for details & info
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The Wisdom of the Crowd

Last night, a new show premiered called Wisdom of the Crowd. The premise, a man creates an app that taps into the "crowd" (people on the internet) to help solve crimes. I thought it was a pretty good show. The concept is solid.

Storytellers can do the same. Use the Wisdom of the Tribe! Our storytelling community is filled with individuals who are always willing to help, no matter what the problem or concern. Need a story for a wedding? Ask the tribe. Need a story that highlights ecology? Ask the tribe. Need to find a word or term that fits for your story? You get the message.

Don't feel guilty about reaching out for info. Seasoned tellers do it all the time. There are several ways to put the word out that you need assistance. FaceBook is a great place to use the crowd. First, in your own circle of friends. They are quite knowledgeable you know. Also, use the vast number of storytelling groups on FB: Storytellers; StorytellersAZ; ETSU Storytelling; National Storytelling Festival to name a few. Some are open, some are "closed" groups but one can join by getting "invited" by a member. Not hard to do.

If you belong to NSN, you should be subscribed to the "Listserv". This is a closed group for members. People post almost every day and ask questions, make announcements and answer questions or "calls for help." Here's the link to the Listserv with directions to join: http://storynet.org/storytell.html

One more option to contact people---this Newsletter. Got a question that has stumped you? Send it to me and I will post it in the Newsletter and ask people to contact you, and/or write to me and I will publish the responses the following week. We'll see what our own Community Tribe can come up with!

Remember, "Use the Force, Luke." And remember, it's all around you.

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A Crowd Sourced Story?
Sure, we do similar things all the time in class. Have you ever sat in a circle and created a story one-word-at-a-time? Or told a tale one-sentence-at-a-time (or two or three sentences, or one paragraph)? Use FaceBook. Start with an opening line/premise, and ask folks to add just one sentence (or whatever you want) to your story.

You may want to set parameters or criteria for additions. Remember that the goal of each section (as in ANY good story) is to "move the story forward." I always have to remind my students that, "Then an alien came from outer space and ate everyone." - stops the story dead in its tracks.

Use the first rule of improv: "Yes, and."

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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

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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