Monday, October 27, 2014
Issue # 131

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 - This Friday!

Join us for the second triennial S'more Stories on THIS FRIDAY, 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 Proposals Due Soon!

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


Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting

The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, November 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


West Side Story Tellers

Saturday, November 1st ~ 10am - Noon
West Side Story Tellers 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

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, November 6th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 12th 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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Odyssey Storytelling Presents:
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 
414 E. 9th Street, Tucson, $8
Click here for details & info

AZ Rep - Native Stories
Friday November 7th

Native stories from six creatives under 40
Join us to listen to stories from young American Indians from across the Valley and surrounding areas, talking about the intersection of identity and culture when it comes to dating, working and living in Phoenix today.
Featured tellers:
Heard Museum public programs and education director Jaclyn M. Roessel, 12 News producer and journalist Charly Edsitty, veteran and associate English Professor at ASU Kyle Wilson, photographer Anthony "Thosh" Collins, and social worker and artist Jordanna Burkett-Christ.
Additional information 
Heard Museum
Registration begins at 6 p.m., 
Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 
For more details & Tickets

Saturday - November 8th ~ 10am - Noon

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 
East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!
Click here for details & info

Song Telling: An Evening of Music & Storytelling
Saturday - November 8th

The evening will start at 5:00 pm with a flute workshop, led by Loren Russell, a Native American Flute player ($10 separate charge for workshop - bring your flute)
At 6:00 pm we'll have a pot luck supper, everyone is invited, even if you haven't been before
7:00 pm - Storytelling Concert - with tellers Joyce Story, Mark Compton, Donna Martin, Loren Russell, Carolyn Allenby, Audrey Lee, Lon Austin, Andy Hurlbut
After the concert - An open mic - Musicians, storytellers - all are invited. 
Admission: Canned Food For Food Bank

Fear Itself - Frightful Events
Sunday - November 9th - 7:00 pm
Community Christian Church, known to some as The Storytelling Church starts the season off with a great topic: “Fear Itself” Stories of Frightful Events

Join Pastor Doug Bland and a host of community tellers for an always insightful and fun evening. 

Tellers: Sean Buvala, Sally Borg, Sharon Gilbert, Marilyn Omifunke Torres and Sandy Oglesby
Check the calendar section for details

Terrible Holidays - Opportunity to Tell
Deadline to submit a story is at 11:59 PM October 31, 2014.
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. 

Stories of Wacked Winter Family Events
Friday, November 21, 2014 7:00 pm.
Homewood Suites, (115 Ave and I-10 Freeway) in Avondale, AZ
Go here to SUBMIT a story.

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Lost and Found...or Not

Last week I was watching a television show, and there she was. I will not mention her real name. An incredibly gorgeous woman I had dated many years ago while still working as an actor/dancer. The memories began to fill my head like a desert flood.

We've all had them: lost loves. Some left us, we left some. Some are only memories. Some, we tried to find but couldn't. Some we found and won back. Some we found and lost again. Some we found and were still lost. Some were never meant to be.

Love is a powerful prompt for storytelling. Lost love carries the universal emotions of heartbreak, sorrow and sometimes even guilt. Where did we go wrong? Where did I go wrong? What if I saw her/him today? What would I say? Could I ever get her/him back? What if...?

Take a ride through the myriad tunnels of love in your life. What stories you may find! 

When you craft your story...just remember to protect the innocent...and the guilty! Happy hunting.

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Tell Scary Stories!

Halloween is this FRIDAY. Oooo, that's scary for many folks. Here's an age-old question: Should you tell "scary" stories to your children?

"YES!" is the emphatic answer from veteran storyteller, author and coach Sean Buvala. In this one and a half minute video, Sean teaches us the "purpose" of scary stories and why we SHOULD use them with children.

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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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