Monday - October 24, 2016
Issue # 234

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

NSN - Conference & Call for proposals

         YOU could be a presenter at the NSN Conference

                                                     June 29-July 2, 2017 

“All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration”
Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri
All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration and Migration
America is a country built on immigration and internal migration, both forced and voluntary.  People relocate involuntarily via human hand or natural disaster; they move purposefully to find jobs, escape conflict, be near family, to improve quality of life.  Currently in the U.S. and internationally, challenges continue to occur when immigration or migration stories collide with the stories of those previously established in a community.  
Whether we are first, second, or tenth generation, how can we include everyone’s stories?  What difficult stories need to be told?  What stories can we share to maintain our individual traditions?  What new stories can we formulate to further hope, peace and a place for all?  Through both personal and traditional-cultural stories, let’s hear “All Our Voices” at the 2017 National Storytelling Conference. 
Proposal Deadline: November 12, 2016, 5:00 pm EST
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Coming Up


Stew and Stories
November 3rd - 5:30 pm - SMCC Student Union

SMCC will host another Stew and Stories on Thursday, November 3rd. 

Come and enjoy stew and frybread from The Frybread House, and listen to Native American storytellers.
FREE and open to the public.


Spooky Stories & Dinner on The Docks
Sunday - October 30th - 6:00 pm

Even SPOOOOKIER than last year! Tellers of Tales storytellers will share some of their favorite scary ghost stories, and they will share an open mic for you to add your own stories to the mix.

This is a Dinner on the Docks Event - bring your friends, your own dinner and everything else, and in the end, Leave no Trace! Stories best enjoyed by those 10 years of age and older.

For more info, please check our Facebook page: https://facebook.com/tucsontellersoftales


Just Food - Storytelling Concert
7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016
Community Christian Church
1701 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ

Mark your calendars - Doug Bland and the "Storytelling Church" are back with another concert! The theme is "Just Food".
Gary Paul Nabhan, Agrarian Activist
Darren Chapman, Tiger Mountain Foundation
Jeff Zimmerman, Hayden Flower Mills
Yael Dennis, Rogue Theologian and Climate Change Activist
Dan Abbott, Café Justo (Just Coffee)
Percussion Performance: “Playing with Our Food”

Glendale TELLABRATION!™ - Stories From The Heart of Arizona
Saturday - November 12th - Glendale Library
5959 W. Brown St.
Glendale, AZ 85302

Join the West Side Story Tellers for this great celebration all-day Saturday!

Tellabration™ storytelling festival is a celebration of the art of story with featured tellers, workshops, an open mic stage and a fun kids area with stories and crafts. 

Mark Goldman, Sean Buvala, Doug Bland, Dorothy Daniels Anderson, Jay Cravath, Loren Russell, Joyce Story, Sandy Oglesby, Elly Reidy

Click here for a Scheule of Events
Click here for map

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What's The Story?

Make sure you describe what you want your audience to know. Don't leave "gaps" in the story that will be open to interpretation. Because if you do, we will durely make up our own version, because story is in our DNA. 

Back in the 1940s, psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel made  a simple animated film. Heider and Simmel used it in an experiment: They asked people to watch the film and describe what they saw happening.

Try it yourself and see what you experience.

What Heider and Simmel discovered is that many people who watched this abstract film of simple shapes roaming around were quick to see a story unfold. In those simple shapes, viewers often saw characters with emotions, motivations, and purpose.

Humans have this need to "fill in the gaps with story". We do it all the time. We see two people interacting and make assumptions about what is going on. We "make up a story" about what we see. We see a beggar on the street corner and we make a story for ourselves. It's often unconscious, but we fill in any gaps or lack of knowledge with some kind of story. Whether we give that person some money is based on what we believe their story is...unless we ask them to "tell" us their story. Then we must decide if the story is credible, do we believe them?

This is just a little tip (poke) about how we make up stories about what we see around us. Those stories are often shaped by our "filters"; they are colored by our past experiences. The next time this happens to you, try to be aware of your need to find the story in what you see. Then ask yourself if there might be "another" story going on, or perhaps a third or fourth version.

How does all this affect your telling? How might it affect the audience "listening" to you tell? For a storyteller, there are always more questions.

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Different Forms of Storytelling
As I viewed the above short film, it reminded me of a classic movie: Le Ballon Rouge - The Red Balloon. It may have been considered one of the first forms of "digital" storytelling. The film was produced in 1956. There is definitely a story here. 

It is 35 minutes long, but trust me, it's a beautiful story and film.

*For some reason, I could not get the film to start at the begining, so you will have to move the red slider back to the far left to start.

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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 - *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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