Monday, October 20, 2014
Issue # 130

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

S'more Stories Returns - October 31st

Join us for the second triennial S'more Stories on Halloween night, October 31st. You bring a chair, we'll provide the campfire, the stories and the fixin's for S'mores!

Set in the back yard of storyteller Sally Borg, conveniently located near 56th street and Thomas, right on the edge of Phoenix and Scottsdale.

We'll have contests for the best Kid's costume and the best Adult costume, so dress up and show us your best!

Want to tell your story around the campfire?
Contact Mark Goldman: mark@storytellermark.com

Click here for details & info - and to view the stories from 2011

NSN 2015 Conference Dates Set

Next year's NSN Conference dates are set! July 30 through August 2, 2015 are the dates for the tribe to gather in our NEW home in Kansas City MO. Exploring the PATHWAYS where storytelling can take us!

FOR NSN MEMBERS ONLY (That means you need to JOIN NOW)
Back by popular demand is our PRE-early-bird offer to register for the full conference at the lowest possible price through January 12, 2015 (does not include lodging, meals, pre-conferences, master classes, final Sunday concert, additional special events TBA later).  Conference registration for non-NSN members will not open until 2015 and at a $100 higher rate. 

Perhaps most important is by registering now, you have the opportunity to stretch your payment over 6 months. Fax (423-753-9331), mail (PO Box 795, Jonesborough, TN 37659), scan and email the required form to karin@storynet.org:  Form is available at: http://www.storynet.org/conference/index.html (right side of the screen).


WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DUE NOV. 24 - See the webpage

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This Week


_____There Are TONS of Storytelling Events Going On In the Valley!

______________________________Be A Part of it

West Side Story Tellers - An Evening of Story & Song

Friday - October 24th
An enjoyable evening of storytellers and musicians presenting tall tales, personal stories and music from our rich Arizona heritage. 
Loren Russell, Joyce Story, Mark Compton, Lon & Andy, Audrey Lee 
Click here for details & info

SMoCA Lounge on Oct 24! 7:00 PM

Lit Lounge has been named “Best Spoken Word Series” by the Phoenix New Times and “Best Literary Event” by The Arizona Republic!

The event is SMoCA’s award-winning, highly-charged story-performing series where engaging writers/performers share true stories fused together with live music!
This event will feature another dynamic roster of special guests including the Producer of the famed Sit 'N Spin at the Comedy Central Stage and guest star on Arrested Development, Maggie Rowe! Stay tuned as we reveal more of the evening's performers. For now, get your tickets because they always sell out fast!
Get your tickets for Friday October 24th at now!

Mythic Heroes - Presented by Friends of CG Jung

Mythic Heroes: Exploring Archetypes in West African (IFA Divination) Storytelling Today
Saturday - October 25th (9:00 am-11:30 am)

This interactive talk will introduce the Nigerian Yoruba Ifa divining practices as a form of oral tradition. Storytelling links the world of archetypes to the myths and legends used in transmission of these ancient stories that guide individuals exploring the human journey—past, present and future. Participants will have an opportunity to discover how Jungian typology is linked to African Orisas (deities) myths. This mythology provides insight into patterns of temperament and the stages of the Hero’s Journey.

Presented by: Marilyn Torres, MS
Click here for details, info and registration

Women Storytellers

Saturday - October 25th - 10am-Noon
Anne McDowell has organized another event: Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers. A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

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Coming Up


Terrible Holidays - Opportunity to Tell
We love our families (mostly) but sometimes those holiday gatherings…uhg, you know the ones….yikes. Come for stories of when things just went wrong in the holidays. Blow off a little steam before the stuffing hits the fan.

We’re accepting “auditions” for our FRIDAY November 21, 2014 “Terrible Holidays” show. 
Deadline tp submit a story is at 11:59 PM October 31, 2014.

Stories of Wacked Winter Family Events
Friday, November 21, 2014 7:00 pm.
Homewood Suites, (115 Ave and I-10 Freeway) in Avondale, AZ
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Jump Sideways - Then Jump Back

Got a short story? Need to S-T-R-E-T-C-H it out and make it a bit longer? Here's an easy way you can do it. 

At any point in the story, jump sideways, and tell us more about a specific element. Then, jump back into the main story. 

Let's use the Three Little Pigs as an example. 

For instance, "The first little piggy built his house out of straw." Now, jump to the SIDE a little and tell us more about this piggy. 

Let me tell you a little bit about this piggy, He was the youngest of the clan, and he was not just lazy, he was REALLY lazy. There was the time when he was in school, and his teacher had given an assignment...etc

Here's another option:

Let me tell you some little known facts about straw. Straw is actually a very strong material, when used the correct way. In some cases, when straw is properly bound together, it can be impervious to all the elements of weather. If you travel to England, you will see hundreds of thatched roofs made out of straw. Not only are they sturdy and stand up to the harshest of elements, but they would probably stand up to the foul breath and huffing and puffing of the wolf! Not so with the way that this little pig built his house.

Now, jump back to the rest of the story. Later, make another jump sideways for a bit.

The second pig built his house with sticks. 
You may have already noticed that this little piggy was the MIDDLE child, and he was the CLASSIC middle child! He was always trying to do the right thing. He was also the buffer between his older and younger brother. They would always start fights, and he would always get in the middle. He was a bit clumsy, and would cry at the drop of a hat. He hated conflict, and would avoid it at any cost, thus the role of mediator!

Then back into the main storyline again. These little jumps to the side are great fillers where needed. Don't forget characters that may not actually be present in the storyline. The mother of the pigs...maybe even the mother of the wolf!

Use the setting and other, non-essential characters too: The town pigs, the straw seller, brick seller, etc. Let your imagination spread out and go wild.

You can always shorten the story to its bare bones, but having these little side stories can stretch it out and fill time when necessary.

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I Have Fallen In Love Again!

If you are a regular reader to this newsletter, you know that I have been in love with two women for some time now. One is Maggie Doyne, who at age 18 went to Nepal, started a school for children and eventually adopted (legally) over 50 children. The second woman is Sarah Kay, a brilliant spoken word artist. See the story here.

Now I have fallen again, this time for Micaela Blei. She has won several Moth slams. She has been an elementary school teacher and is now the Moth Education Program Manager. Here is the story she won at the Moth, It is beautifully crafted, has deep self-disclosure, humor, pathos...everything that a good story should have. Oh yeah...and she's a redhead too!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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 June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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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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