Monday, October 26, 2015
Issue # 183

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Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

Another Two-Saturday Class Starts Oct. 31st!

There are just TWO MORE Two-Saturday courses coming up at SMCC Storytelling Institute:

Storytelling in Interpretive Settings (STO289AD): 10/31/2015 & 11/07/2015
Take two Saturdays to learn the basics of storytelling in an interpretive setting – including how to assess the story potential of your site, and then to craft and tell stories that will engage your visitors deeply. Museums, parks, and gardens are where we collect, preserve, and share the objects, organisms, and places that we value most as a society.  While some of the visitors may come for the facts, most want to hear the story behind the object: they want to hear why it matters!  Storytelling is the key to creating meaning in context. Taught by Storytelling Institute Director, Liz Warren.

Storytelling in Business Settings (STO289AB): 11/14/2015 & 11/21/2015
The ability to craft and tell stories is an essential in the toolkit of every business person, entrepreneur, and leader.  Storytelling is the current buzzword in advertising, and entrepreneurial circles because of its power to engage and inform listeners and clients. In this class you will learn the basics of finding, crafting and telling stories and then adapting them to meet a range of applications.  Taught by Storytelling Institute Director, Liz Warren.

These are 1-credit classes that pack a lot of information into two days! The fees are VERY affordable at just under $100. To register, call the registration office at SMCC - 602.243.8330
Click here for the SMCC class listings

Diana Monell - Telling on High

It is with great sadness that we report that storyteller Diana Monell passed away on Friday night after a long bout with cancer. She was an energetic part of the Valley's storytelling community and never gave up! Rest in peace, Lady Di.
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This Week


           Scary Tales Abound This Week!        

Arizona Storytellers - Fall Frights

TONIGHT - Monday - October 26th
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown - Skyline Room
50 E. Adams
Phoenix AZ 85004 US

Fall Frights - Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona under the stars at Skyline - the fifth-floor rooftop patio - for a night of frightening, unnerving and even spooky true stories. From ghosts and specters to the kind of quiet terrors that keep us awake at night. 
Featured Storytellers:
Rachel Egboro 
Ryan Sadler 
Diana DeLugan
Dan Hull
Anel Arriola
Kyle Mitchell 
Jill Ressler
Registration begins at 6 p.m., 
Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

They are NOT Sold out! Click here for Tickets

Haunted - Underground Stories

Thursday, October 29th 7:30pm at Valley Bar, downtown Phoenix

Join Dan Hull and friends for this month's Storyline edition with some dark, haunting stories!

Dan always has a great line-up of tellers with stories that are sure to please and intrigue the listeners. 

Tickets are just $5 and the event will be at the Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix.
Basement, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Click for map
Click here for tickets

Spooky Stories & Dinner on the Docks - Tucson

Friday, October 30th

Tellers of Tales in Tucson will share spooky stories on abandoned freight docks downtown on Friday, October 30, 6 pm until the lights go out. (There will be an open mic after the TOT storytellers finish their part of the show.)  

Dinner on the Docks is located on 2 abandoned freight loading docks between 6th Street and Franklin Street, Stone Ave and 9th Ave downtown next to the railroad tracks. Bring a picnic and join us for some spooky fun! 
This link  will take you to the Dinner on the Docks FB page for more info: 
We have been posting photos of the TOT storytellers on our October 30 lineup.
Tucson Tellers of Tales: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonTellersofTales

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Friday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.: Area 4

Joyce Story will be tellin SPOOKY Stories Around the Campfire this Friday at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Then, next week she will be telling mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Here is the schedule:
Spooky Stories around the Campfire
          Friday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.: Area 4

Tales of the Sonoran Desert: Nature Center

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.


Out Of The Box Storytelling

Women Storytellers
Saturday, October 31st - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

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


Taking the Stage: A Five-Session Workshop w/ Dan Hoen Hull
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 with a performance on December 1

Dan Hoen Hull takes you through the method creating an engaging, performance based, 6-8 minute story. Through writing, collective workshopping, and rehearsing, he will fast track you through the process of development so you can get to your destination by the end of the course: a live performance of your story.
Cost: $100 for five sessions, includes performance.

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, November 5th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Passing. Passing time, passing grades. Who makes the rules? Who and what passes--or doesn't--and why? And what happens when you pass over? Join our six storytellers as they take a pass at "Passing."
Bug collector, Terry Ahearn; craftsman to the stars Bruce Blackstone; retired professor Bella Vivante; soon-to-be retired professor Maureen Kelly; University student Karlyn Bradley; and former RN Adele Schoterman!

Tucson Tellers of Tales - New Meeting Site
Saturday, November 7th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Tellers of Tales in Tucson announces a new meeting site starting on Saturday, November 7 (9:30 am to 11:30 am). This will be our new meeting venue for the regular first Saturday gathering each month until further notice.
The Unscrewed Theater
3244 E Speedway 
Tucson, AZ
The Unscrewed Theater is a great place for TOT to meet. It is located across the street from The Loft Theater in a strip mall next to Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and the entrance to the theater is next to the parking lot.

Saturday - November 14th - Glendale Library
5959 W. Brown St.
Glendale, AZ 85302

Click here for map

South Mountain Storytelling - TELLABRATION!™
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Another "Celebration" of storytelling. Join South Mountain Storytelling Institute Faculty and Students for a great night of storytelling.
This is a TELLABRATION!™ event (see Tidbits below) and another great happening in a series of storytelling gatherings to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute!
Click here for map
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The Ebb and Flow of a Story

This month, I presented my Ebb and Flow of a Story workshop in both Tucson and Phoenix. I will present it at least one more time at the Glendale Tellabration!™ (see listing above) on November 14th. Here is the main tip from the session.

I am a whitewater kayaker. When I first started to learn kayaking, my instructor said, "Anyone can 'bomb' down the center of a river and make it to the end of the run. But if you want to do it with finesse, you can use the ebb and flow of the river, the curves, the rocks, the eddys and the water itself to maneuver the kayak and make it a more interesting and enjoyable experience"

In the same sense, one can tell a story from beginning to end by merely relating the sequence of events. "This happened, then this happened, then this happened, ..." A more creative way to tell a story is to use the plot, the characters, their emotions, YOUR emotions, and the essence of the story itself (the 'main stream') to relate what you want the audience to know and feel. 

When do you slow down? When do you speed up? When do you pause, take breath, look to the side, look back, look ahead? How do you deftly maneuver the audience to experience the ebb and flow of the story, and the ebb and flow of their emotions?

You can examine this process by placing sticky notes on the wall to represent scenes, characters, objects, and even music, poetry or famous quotes. Start with the events of the story in chronological order. Then ask yourself, "What if?" questions. What if I reversed the order? What if I started with a different character? What if I told the story in flashbacks? What if I used music or poetry?

Using the metaphor of a river, and using sticky notes to "map out" the flow of your story can assist in viewing it from a different perspective. You can then make conscious decisions about how you want to tell the story, or even run the rapid!

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Happy Birthday Laura Packer (tomorrow)
Tomorrow, October 27th, is the birthday of my friend, colleague, storyteller, coach, consultant, real-time dreamer and writer Laura Packer.

I first heard Laura on the radio in an interview about the work she does with organizations, helping them use story. I liked what I heard! When the NSN Board decided to come to Phoenix for their meeting, I called Laura and asked her to come a day early and do a workshop. Her session on improv in storytelling taught me much about the craft. To this day, I constantly tell my students, and remind myself to, "Use and trust your image engine."

It is hard to believe we have only known each other for just over three and a half years. It feels like a lifetime of friendship, and it has become just that. She has the ability to be fully present with you, hold you in the palm of her hand and let you know that she truly cares.

Laura is a great writer too. Her blog, True Stories, Honest Lies is a compendium of thoughts about life, storytelling, and the life of a storyteller.

Laura also writes about grief. In the beginning of 2012, she unexpectedly lost her husband to cancer. She has written extensively about the difficult journey she has been on since that time. Her posts are poignant and sometimes shocking, but most of all they are real, and as authentic as Laura is herself. She shares the gamut of emotions that she has experienced and in turn, gives some comfort to those who may have or will go through similar loss. They are a must-read for those attempting to understand a life condition that is albeit impossible to understand.

So, Happy Birthday to you, Laura; Storyteller extraordinaire, Coach, Teacher, Consultant, Real-Time Dreamer, and one whom I am honored to call "Life-Long Friend!"

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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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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