Monday - October 22, 2018
Issue # 337

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

Tejas Call for Proposals

Workshop and Fringe Performance Proposals
Texas Storytelling Festival on March 7 to 10, 2019 in Denton, Texas.

Workshop Proposals
Workshops at the Festival are 90 minutes in length and cover a wide range of topics that help our participants grow as storytellers and listeners. If you have a great idea for a presentation, be sure to submit a proposal. Remember that many of the people that attend the Festival are storytellers, but there are also educators and librarians, clergy, and therapists. The Workshop Selection Committee is eager to hear from you.
Fringe Performance Proposals
The maximum length of any story in the Fringe Performance is 20 minutes. Performances can be on any imaginable topic from edgy to enlightening. The storytellers are selected by a random drawing to fill slots in the Fringe Fest block. This is your big chance to strut your stuff! Don't let the opportunity pass you by.
More Details
You may submit a workshop proposal and a fringe performance proposal, but you may present only one (if both are selected). Please indicate your preference on the forms. Storytellers chosen will need to register and pay for the full festival or a full day admission. After the workshop presenters will be mailed a check.

High-resolution photo (300 dpi. JPEG preferred) for our festival program, website and social media should be submitted with your application or emailed to tsa@tejasstorytelling.com

Submit forms to Beverly at tsa@tejasstorytelling.com or mail to: Tejas Storytelling Association, P.O. Box 2806, Denton, TX 76202-2806 or FAX to 940-380-9329

Workshops - Contact Tim Couch at timothy7774@att.net 
Fringe -  Contact Fran Stallings at fran.stallings@icloud.com
Remember deadline for Workshop and Fringe proposals is Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
Workshop Word Document – CLICK HERE
Fringe Word Document – CLICK HERE
Fringe PDF Document – CLICK HERE
If you would prefer having the information pages and application forms mailed to you, please call Beverly at the TSA office: 940-380-9320

Liars Contest

Do you have an 8–to-10-minute whopper to share?

Come be a part of this year’s Texas Storytelling Festival Liars Contest on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The first eight people to email Contest Producer and Liar Extraordinaire, Sheila Phillips, at zoolady@airmail.net will be the participants. Subsequent applications will be retained in the order received and will be called upon to fill any vacancies that may occur. What we need from you:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Hometown
  • 45-word bio

High-resolution photo (300 dpi. Jpeg preferred) for our festival program, website and social media

NSN J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award Applications

Are you – or do you know – a talented younger storyteller who could benefit from a year’s work with an experienced professional mentor?

If so, NSN wants you to know that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award – a grant that provides $1250 to enable a year’s work between a storytelling mentor and a gifted younger teller (18-30 years old) (Yikes - That means I'm out of the running!).

Two of the past recipients are our own Dustin Loehr (2009) and Cassie Cushing (2015)!

Check out the award description and application instructions at https://storynet.org/about-nsn/awards/j-j-reneaux-award/j-j-reneaux-mentorship-award/.

DEADLINE for applications: MIDNIGHT (EDT), OCTOBER 26, 2018.

Please share this announcement far and wide!  Applicants need not be current members of NSN.

For more information, email Jo Radner at jradner@american.edu.

Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference - Proposals

The Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference is calling for Proposals for workshops and performances for their 2019 Conference on April 13th. 

The Conference is held in beautiful Golden, Colorado (where Coors Beer is made). The folks are very warm and welcoming and there are usually about 75 to 100 attendees. 

The 2019 theme is:

Story Seeds

Exploring Story’s Impact  from folk and fairy tales to slams and personal stories

featured Teller and Keynote Speaker, Liz Weir.

Proposals are due on November 4th Midnight (MST)

NSN 2019 Summit - Call for Presentations

The 2019 National Storytelling Summit Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for consideration for the National Storytelling Network 2019 National Storytelling Summit. Please read the information below before proceeding to the proposal submission form. If you have any questions, please contact the NSN staff at events@storynet.org.

Theme for the Summit: Story Now!
Stories are powerful. Stories are persuasive. Stories, well told, can move people and change how they act, and how they think and feel about themselves and the world. Stories are now!
Now! From the boardroom to the classroom, and the page to the stage, personal stories and folktales are catalysts for change in nearly every aspect of our lives.
Now! We are witnessing the power of stories to tear down the walls that divide us, build bridges between people and cultures, and connect us, human-to-human.
Now! We invite you to join with other practitioners of this foundational art and share your expertise at the National Storytelling Summit – the premier annual gathering of the keenest minds in the world of storytelling. We are seeking proposals for presentations and workshops to:
Help tellers improve their artistic abilities, craft quality stories, and share them effectively;
  • Demonstrate effective ways to apply storytelling in fields such as healthcare, education, writing, technology, businesses, community development, etc;
  • Provide business/career advice for storytellers;
  • Share effective models to build bridges or create change through storytelling;
  • Showcase the intersections of storytelling with media and/or other art forms; and
  • Stretch the limits of storytelling, forecast new and exciting ways to use storytelling, or access new audiences.
  • Every story enthusiast is welcome! We need your expertise now!

Deadline: November 19, 2018

2019 New Voices Application - Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

Go from New Voices 2019 to Featured Performer 2020

The Call for the 5th Annual New Voices is open for the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, April 26-28, in Woodruff. SC.

The New Voices event was created to give rising, professional-level storytellers the opportunity to be on the main stage and a chance to be selected as a Featured Teller for the following year’s Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. The festival committee will select 2020 Featured Tellers from 2019 New Voices. 

Applicant requirements:
  • Only professional-level storytellers who have never told as a featured teller at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival may share stories in the New Voices events.
  • Submit an audio and/or video sample of your storytelling.
  • Perform a festival-quality story that is no more than 10 minutes long.
  • Submit a completed application and samples of stories.
  • Selected New Voices will come to the festival at their own expense, with no monetary compensation. You will, however, receive free admission to all festival activities. 
Think ahead! Do you have a collection of stories to perform at the 2020 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival if selected to return as a featured teller. Yes! Then you’re ready to take a whirl and experience the magic of New Voices.  
Email donnatellsstories@gmail.com for more information and an application form. 
Applications accepted October 1 - December 15. 

Storyrise in Goodyear! Opportunities to Tell

From Sean Buvala:

Hello all. In association with the Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission, my company The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group is returning with another season of StoryRise this winter through spring.

I am in need of additional tellers for each night. We are actively seeking out a range of diversity and experience for these events.

Please also note that we have lined up a series of great workshops, presented by nationally-experienced leaders.

>>> If you'd like to tell or teach, would you please make contact with me at "staff @ smalltoothdog. com." The shows are curated and I will work with you to get your spoken-word or storytelling piece ready.

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This Week


A Slice: Stories and Cake - Spooky Spinechillers!

Tuesday - October 23rd - 7pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! 
This month's theme: Spooky Spinechillers!
This Month's Cake: Caramel Apple
This month's MC - Brittany Castro
Featured Teller: Dr. Travis May
 Spooky, spinechilling stories with featured teller Dr. Travis May, along with Mario C Avent, Sally Borg, John Genette, Austin Lott & MC Brittany Castro! PLUS Caramel apple cake! Tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/999607
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

The Moth - Disguises

Thursday - October 25th 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Prepare a five-minute story about your undercover self, about obscuring the real you- with a fake mustache, a nurse's uniform, a cloak, a girdle or a giant hotdog costume. Mental disguises, like the Ph.D. you earned to appease your mother; or the "sensitive guy" persona you put on to get with the ladies. Undercover cops and chameleons. Pranks and mistaken identities. Wolves gussied up like lambs and lambs tarting-it-up to pass as mutton. The Trojan Horse, The Mighty Oz and now you!

Doors open at 7pm - Stories start at 8pm.

Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

$10 - Advance purchase recommended
More info & tickets

Ojai Storytelling Festival

October 25-28, 2018
Libbey Bowl and Ojai Art Center
Ojai, California

The 18th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival will feature acclaimed storytellers:  Diane Ferlatte, Kevin Kling, Willy Claflin, Clare Murphy, Glenis Redmond (poet extraordinaire), Scott Ainslie (blues musician), the Chameleons (mimes), and Moth Winners from Los Angeles.

Ojai is about a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles

This year's festival will be overflowing with entertainment: music, poetry, mime, scary stories, and humor. With Halloween just around the corner, it's the perfect place to be. Whether it's a night of hilarious laughter, a journey of imagination, a tale filled with suspense and mystery, a program your children will never forget, a ribald night of tales for adults, or a workshop that inspires, the 18th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival has something for everyone. Come join us for a weekend of riveting tales under the oaks and beneath the stars.

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Coming Up


Free Workshop
Thursday - November 1 - 6PM - 6:45PM
Goodyear Public Library Community Room

Free workshop presented by StoryRise with Guest speaker Glenda Bonin. "Ancestors, Artifacts, Addresses, and Audiences: The Quest for Personal Stories." 

If you want to learn how to discover, create and deliver interesting personal stories, this workshop is for you! Most of us think we don't have any personal stories worth telling, but in reality, we all have a wealth of hidden stories just waiting to be found. In this workshop, participants will learn a few successful methods to help identify and explore a story worth sharing.
The Community Room is on the west-facing side of the library complex in the eastern-most building. Look for the "Storytelling" sign. 

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Deal Breakers
Thursday, October 4th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:  Deal Breakers

Curated by Ethel Lee-Miller
$10 General / $7 Students
7-9pm Doors open at 6:30

Storytellers include:
and more!

Click here for details & info

StoryRise: Adult Storytelling Concert
Thursday - November 1 - 7PM - 9PM
Goodyear Public Library Community Room

SURPRISE! What's new, what's old? What did you expect? Was it that? Storytellers both professional and casual take on the themes of SURPRISE in this inaugural event of the spoken word, sponsored by the City of Goodyear's "Arts and Culture Commission." Presented by The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group LLC. An outdoor concert for adults and mature teens. 

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Your Work Is the Only Thing That Matters

I came across this blog post by Ryan Holiday on Medium.com, a popular blog outlet. I think it is brilliant! Please don't dismiss it because it initially talks about how exposure and marketing are not important. They are important, but they are secondary to doing the work and having a great porduct!

There is a story about an exchange between Jerry Seinfeld and a young comedian. The comedian approaches Seinfeld in a club one night and asks him for advice about marketing and getting exposure.
Exposure? Marketing? Seinfeld asks. Just work on your act.
Seinfeld, a pure stand-up, a comedian’s comedian, is appalled by the question. It’s offensive to his legendary heads-down work ethic. But to the kid, this was a surprise. Isn’t that the kind of question you’re supposed to ask? Isn’t that how you get ahead?
...the unintended consequence of, what one might call, total brand and business control, is that it diverts attention away from the most essential part of any creative profession. You know, making great stuff.
Storytellers - I have often said that constant learning and continuing education are extremely important. This article is TOP NOTCH and helps put many parts of a storytelling career (or any creative efforts) in perspective. I urge you to read the blog...it's about a 6-8 minute read.
GCC Storytelling Students: EXTRA CREDIT - Click on the link and Read the entire article. Then write a response to it. (NOT A REVIEW of what it says) I want to know your thoughts and FEELINGS about what he says. Minimum 200 words. Send me an E-mail with your reponse by 2:00 PM - Tursday, Oct 25 - CHECK your spelling and grammar! Possible total of 25 points.
Read the rest of the story here.
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          Storytellers (and Listeners) Come Along and Join the Fun!

Yes, it's happening again. Pam and I are planning the 2019 Historical/Hysterical Scotland-Ireland-England Storytelling Tour. This year, in addition to Ireland and England, we're headed to Edinburgh, Scotland. We'll visit the Edinburgh Storytelling Center and experience the rich tradition of storytelling in Scotland! 
More about our trip here!

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

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?

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