Monday - October 29, 2018
Issue # 338

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

Wednesday is Halloween!

Here are a few pics from years past:


                   Don't Let These Proposal Dates Pass You By!

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 THIS WEEK 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.


With November here, many entities are planning to hold a "TELLABRATION!™" event. Regardless of how you spell it, it's important to know that the term is TRADEMARKED.

TELLABRATION!™ is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit and is (generally) held at the same time and on the same weekend across the country, and around the world.

In 1988, storyteller J. G. Pinkerton envisioned an international event as a means of building community support for storytelling. The first event was launched by the Connecticut Storytelling Center in six locations across the state. A great success, TELLABRATION!™ extended to several other states the following year, and then, in 1990, expanded nationwide under the umbrella of the National Storytelling Network, who holds the trademark.
In 1995, for the first time, there was a TELLABRATION!™ in Japan, brought there by Japanese storyteller Masako Sueyoshi, who had been a part of TELLABRATION!™ when she lived in Connecticut for several years. By 1997, there were TELLABRATION!™ events on every continent but Antarctica. 
TELLABRATION!™ is traditionally held on the Saturday night before Thanksgiving. Some events, however, may be at an alternate time during the same weekend or other weekends in November.
If you are planning an event, make sure you use the TM character in your materials.
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This Week


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. 

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. 

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Deal Breakers

Thursday, November 1st - 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:
Angela Orlandoholds
Bethany Evans
Jess Kapp
Levonne Gaddy
Ron Lancaster
Vene Aguirre

Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
At the Harmony Meeting Room:
1200 N Eldorado Place, Suite B-200 in Tucson

Greetings Tellers of Tales Friends of Storytelling!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving with stories to share around the table? 
BE INSPIRED! Come to the next Tellers of Tales meeting for an opportunity for you to hear some delightful tales and/or to tell your favorite story about wild cooking endeavors, culinary mayhem or fantastic food masterpieces
More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 235-4171 

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, November 3rd ~ 10am - Noon
St. John's Lutheran Church
7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon. 
First hour: Business Meeting
Second Hour: Storytelling

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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Coming Up


Stew and Stories
Wednesday - November 7th 6:00pm-8pm
SMCC Student Union

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month! Listen to Stories as you enjoy Stew and frybread from Emerson Fry Bread, in the South Mountain Community College Library Community Room. Free event!

Co-Sponsored by:
Office of Student Affairs
Office of American Indian Outreach Program
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute

For more information: 602.243.8026

FREE to the public!


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, November 10th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

AZ Storytellers Project - Food and Family
Wednesday - November 14th - 7:00 pm
The Farm at South Mountain

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we think about time spent around the table with our families. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palates. 
Emcee:  TBA
Featured tellers: 
Deborah Ostreicher 
Rose Turman
Lupita Ley Hightower
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Kaila White at kaila.white@arizonarepublic.com
For more info & Tickets
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Homework for Life - Develop Your Storytelling Lens

It's not necessarily a "new" idea, just in an updated "digital" format. The important thing is that it works!

How often do you see a "theme" announced for an open mic or a slam and think, "I don't have a story for that"? According to Donald Davis and Mathew Dicks, we need to develop a "Storytelling Lens" and see things or events in our lives as potential for a story!

Liz Warren had told us long ago that every night, before going to bed, Donald writes in a journal about all the "people" he met, and all the "places" he visited. These are reminders of events that could turn into stories later on. I ran across a similar technique developed by storyteller Mathew Dicks called "Homework for Life." He explains it in the video below and shows how you can develop a way of thinking about everyday events with a "storytelling lens". It's a great way to create tons of personal stories.

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The November - San Diego Connection
Eclipse You Don't Say, Words and Stories that AMAZE," November 7th, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

David Schmidt, Aunt Li-Anne, Jim Dieckmann, Marilyn McPhie, and Arlyn Hackett tell traditional tales, literary works, and personal stories, at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, 2145 Fern Street, (Fern and Ivy) 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5
Eclipse website                                Event poster (.pdf)

Storytelling Institute Storytelling Institute, Encinitas Library, October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19, 5:00-6:30pm

Focusing on creating and polishing personal stories, participants may attend all six or any individual sesssion. Storytellers of San Diego stalwarts: Marilyn McPhie, Linda Whiteside, Aunt Li-Anne, Jim Dieckmann, Patti Christensen, and Mindy Donner will guide the classes. FREE, more information:             Institute flyer .pdf
Detailed descriptions of sessions and presenters .pdf

Twisted Horn "Third Wednesday Storytelling," December 19th, 7pm, The Twisted Horn,Vista

NOTE: No event in November due to Thanksgiving holiday
Storytellers of San Diego's, 7-9:00pm, Twisted Horn Mead and Cider, 1042 La Miranda Ct., Vista, 92081, 21+, Donations
Twisted Horn website 

Marilyn McPhie "Stories from the Family Album," November 14th, 1:00-3:00pm, Lifelong Learning Center, La Mesa

5500 Grossmont Center Drl, Ste 269,  An OASIS event, information (619) 881-6262, $12, OASIS classes link

Tellebration 2018 Tellabration 2018: "The Sea Less Traveled," November 10th, 7:30pm, Bethany Lutheran Church, Ocean Beach


Annual Tellebration: A Worldwide Celebration of Storytelling, with Eric George Tauber, Aunt Li-Anne, David Schmidt, Jessica Baris, Patti Christensen, Leo Baggerly, Marilyn McPhie and Fred Laskowski, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach, Ages 12+, $15 
Event Poster (.png)        Event Poster .pdf (B&W)     Link to Storyteller Biographies

John McCutcheon John McCutcheon, November 9th, 8:00pm, San Dieguito United Methodist Church, Encinitas

Singer, Storyteller in concert, presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 92024, $24, members $19SDFH website for info, tickets
John McCutcheon website

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, November 21st, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library 

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE


Harlynne's website



Open Mic Storytelling



"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, November 13th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Fight or Flight"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
November 28th, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

 Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", November 1st, Rooted Kava Bar, Hillcrest, 7:00pm

Topic: "Cold Turkey, vol. 4,"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

Rooted Kava Bar
1731 University Ave, (parking in back)
Long Story Short website

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?

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


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