Monday - October 23, 2017
Issue # 285

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

Sean Buvala Brings a Boon to the Valley

Our colleague and Master Storyteller Sean Buvala is bringing many events to the west side and a new venue for storytellers, BOONGarden, an Art & Garden Space at 214 W. Western Ave. Avondale AZ 8532.

Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Monday, November14th (or Tuesday December 5th). Sean will be conducting another fantastic 3 hour workshop on More Than Speaking!

Take This Workshop and You Will be Able To:

  • Stop “Elevator-Speeching” and Actually Communicate,
  • Grow Your Business (Whatever it is),
  • Speak With Clarity,
  • Make Your Message First,
  • Create Compelling & Profitable Presentations,
  • Skyrocket Your Confidence,
  • Even Communicate Better with Your Family!

Sean packs so much in his workshops, and you always come away with a huge collection of skills and ideas!

Here's the link for the workshop

Then, on Saturday, November 18th, he will present another creative storytelling concert regarding Stories of Hospitality: From Good to Gasping. It will be an exploration of tales gleaned for the hospitality industry: hotels; restaurants; car rentals, etc...all the folks who are supposed to be "hospitable". Well, everybody actually should be hospitable to each other, but these people get paid to be that way! The good, the bad, and the gasping (or perhaps gaging) of both sides of the counter. Don't miss it!
Here's the link for the storytelling night

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This Week


Sips & Stories (Sort of A Story Slam)

TONIGHT - Monday - October 23 - 7:00pm Terroir Wine Pub
7001 North Scottsdale Road
(Scottsdale Rd. & Indian Bend)

Scottsdale Public Library’s first OFFSITE storytelling event at Terroir Wine Pub (7001 North Scottsdale Road, #157 Scottsdale, AZ 85253).
Wind down your workday with a glass of wine as everybody takes a turn telling a tale about A DATE GONE WRONG. Professional storyteller Mark Goldman will Emcee. Come prepared to share a 5-minute story on the topic of "A Date Gone Wrong".
Registration is required for this event, as space is VERY limited.
Click here to register

The Storyline Slam

Friday - 10/27/17 - 7pm
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix
300 W. Camelback

Dan Hull is calling all storytellers and fans of great storytelling.

"We’ve opened our format up to include everyone with a story who wants to take the stage."

Anyone can sign up and has 6 minutes to tell a story based on the theme HAUNTED.

Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize.

Come join us for this monthly celebration of the Phoenix storyteller scene, and maybe win some cash.

Dan says he may do an "online process" to put your name in the hat. More info coming soon.

Tickets: $6 online or $8 @ the door


Music in the Mountains & Ghost Stories Too

Saturday - October 28th - 7pm
North Mountain Visitor Center

Begins with an 8 a.m. drum circle and continues throughout the day with the top-notch folk/country/old timey music provided by local talent. West Side Story Tellers, with special guests Sandy Oglesby and Elly Reidy, will tell ghost stories at 7 p.m.

It's FREE!
More info here

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Haunted
Thursday, November 2nd - 7:00 pm
The YWCA, Francis McClelland Community Center, 529 N. Bonita Ave.

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Haunted
Curated by Jen Nowicki Clark
$8 Adults, $6 Students

Was it the right combination or was it really, really wrong? Why do our hearts skip a beat and our minds get rearranged sometimes?  Experiments, explosive reactions, elemental bonds. Solids, liquids and gases.  This is the stuff we are made of- and the clues to so many mysteries. So will this collection of true stories bring about the perfect recipe or the perfect storm?  Come down to the lab and find out.

Storytellers include: Jon Wirtis, Ana Gaskin, Joe Watson, Sharon Holden, Terry Gallegos

Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, November 4th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Tellers of Tales in Tucson
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, November 4th ~ 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!

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The Endowment Exercise

A reprint from way back in 2012!

One of the previous tips offered here was about Building a Back Story with Significant Objects. This week, I would like to talk about endowing objects, places and people. 

The great actress/teacher Uta Hagen used and taught the concept of endowment to make things real. As actors, we must hold the prop teacup (bought at the Dollar Store) and make the audience believe it is a delicate antique, handed down from three generations. The only way we can do that, is by endowing the prop with the qualities of the object in our story. (Note: the actor must also endow the sets and other actors with their own qualities in order for the audience to believe they exist.)
What are the qualities of that teacup?
Delicate and fragile, yet it has stood the test of time. It survived in our family through several wars and many, many physical moves; across the country and around the world. It symbolizes the love, not only that Great Grandfather had for Great Grandmother, but the faith that the family had in each other, handed down from each generation. It is believed to possess magical, curative properties, as it was used to administer liquid medicines that saved the lives of both Grandmother and Mother over the years.
As an actor, I must endow that cup with all those qualities. I must use my hands, my body, my face, my eyes, voice and breathing to handle the cup as if it were the real object. I must show some reverence for that cup. I do not merely grab it and swig the cold tea in it, I must lift it gently, as if it could break any minute, and the resulting loss would be devastating. I must also endow the liquid inside with heat, and the taste of Earl Grey. Blowing gently to cool the hot tea, sipping the bold, robust flavor.
As a storyteller, I must do all that…but without the actual prop to handle!

GCC Students: On Tuesday of this week, in class be ready to present - and tell me what "significant object" you will show us through the endowment process described above. No props, just you, describing the object with ALL of your storytelling skills. Make us SEE it and BELIEVE it is there. One minute long - 40 possible points.

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Why Not Give the Gift O' the Green?
It's almost Halloween...and then Thanksgiving...and then

Here's a great gift for a good friend...or even YOURSELF!

This year, give the gift O' green. Join Pam Faro and Mark Goldman for the third annual Historical, Hysterical UK Storytelling Tour!

You'll laugh, you'll moan, you'll dance; tell stories, listen to stories, visit Ireland, Scotland and England; meet new people and hear the rich tales of people who grew up in a great culture of story!

The folks in the UK love stories. They'll tell you a story at the drop of a hat. And if need be, they will drop their own hat, just to regale you with a great tale, handed down through the ages, and told from the heart.

Imagine the delight of a loved one as they open your gift on Christmas Day and then again when they step onto the plane that will whisk them off to the magical, green UK for a full two weeks of the joy of story, history and fun in the UK!
Click here for the dates and all the details

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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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