Monday - October 30, 2017
Issue # 286

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

Spoiler Alert - Student Research Uncovers the Truth About Snow Treasure

One of my students, Juanita Rice told a Fact-Based story about children in Norway helping to smuggle gold out of the country in World War II, by packing it onto their sleds. The story was not The Snow Treasure. It was by a different author, but sounded very much like it. She wanted to know more. She wanted to get the real story.

Juanita not only searched the internet, she contacted the Norwegian Consulate here in Phoenix. She was then directed to the Norwegian Resistance Museum in Oslo, Norway. Eventually, she received this reply (she has given me permission to print it here):

Dear Juanita Rice,
The story of the Norwegian gold bullion is a truly dramatic and fascinating tale. It has however been the subject of a fair number of "alternative facts" stories. Around 1942 an American lady, Marie McSwigan wrote a book called "Snow Treasure" describing the gripping story of how Norwegian children with sledges managed to smuggle the gold passing German soldiers etc. This story sold quite well in the US, and I have through the years answered innumerable requests from pupils in the USA wondering what became of these brave children.
An old word of wisdom says "never check a good story". I 'm afraid this doesn't apply here. Facts are fascinating, but the gold transport was not a children's affair! At dawn of the German attack on Norway, April 9th, 1940, the gold was loaded onto trucks at the Bank of Norway in Oslo, following an emergency plan. The cargo was at first brought to Lillehammer and reloaded on railroad wagons taking the gold to the West coast at Molde. Parts of the gold was brought to Britain by warships while a smaller part was transferred to a small group of fishing vessels making their way to Northern Norway which was yet unconquered. Finally this gold was also salvaged and the total gold bullion ended up in America. The weight of it all was 53 tons.
I am sad to say that everything concerning children participation is purely fictitious. A number of books has been written trying to capture the whole drama. The best so far is probably Robert Pearson: "Gold Run - The Rescue of Norway's Gold Bullion from the Nazis, April 1940", Casemate Publishers, 2017.  
I may add that History Channel did a programme on the story many years ago in which I also participated!
Good luck with your Norwegian interest!
Ivar Dyb Kraglund
Norway's Resistance Museum

Kudos to Juanita for her determination to ferret out the truth. So, now the question for her, and ALL of us is: do we continue to tell this story as it is written? It is based on the fact that gold was smuggled out of Norway. But can we still tell that it was done on children's sleds? Hmmm...

GCC Students: Send me an Email, before 2:00 pm Tuesday, with ONE paragraph stating whether this story should be told WITH The children's sleds or NOT. Support your position regarding the ethics of Fact-Based storytelling.

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This Week


4th Annual Stew & Stories

Stew & Stories - Wednesday - November 1st - 6:00 pm
SMCC Library Community Room

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month! Join us for Stew and Frybread from Emerson Fry Bread. 

Featured storytellers:
Randy Kemp - is from the Turtle Clan of the Muscogee Nation. He is a noted multidisciplinary artist in the contemporary American Indian art world. Kemp’s body of work includes painting, printmaking, installation, music and performance. Kemp is able to achieve and express a seamless balance of his beliefs and experiences as a contemporary urban artist and Indigenous person.
Ashley Nailihn Susan - is Miss Native American USA 2016-17. She is a member of the White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute Tribes from White River, Arizona. Susan speaks English, Apache, and Spanish, and is a student at Glendale Community College.
Free event! 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Stew and Frybread | 6 p.m.
Storytelling | 7 p.m.
SMCC Library Community Room
7050 S 24th Street, Phoenix
Co-Sponsored by: MCCCD Office of Student Affairs, Office of American Indian Outreach Program, SMCC American Indian Intercultural Center, and SMCC Storytelling Institute.

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Chemistry

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

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!

Tellers of Tales in Tucson will offer an exciting program at the November 4th meeting. Jack Lasseter will provide a comprehensive workshop on Historic Storytelling.  Come pick the brain of a fellow with a lot of experience telling historic tales and entertaining a variety of audiences. You really don’t want to miss this one! 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an audition/rehearsal immediately following Jack’s workshop for storytellers wishing to tell a tale during our TELLABRATION performance at 2 pm on Saturday, November 18th, at Mountain View Retirement Community. 
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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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, November 11th ~ 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!

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 and listen to stories. Join us!
Click here for details & info

More Than Speaking - Workshop
Monday - November 14th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MyOffice Business Suites
14050 N 83rd Ave Suite 290, Peoria, AZ 85381

Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Monday, November14th (or Tuesday December 5th). Sean Buvala 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!

The fee is $97.
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

AZ Storytellers Project - Food & Family
Monday - 11/16/17 - 7:00 pm
The Farm at South Mountain

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we celebrate the best of Arizona’s rich food culture. From tamale masters to artisanal food producers to family farmers and restauranteurs, join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic as we share stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palates. 
Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project and Dominic Armato, food and dining critic for The Arizona Republic 
Featured tellers:
Weldon Johnson
Monica Castillo
Evan E. Roberts
Chef Samantha Saz
Jan Wichayanuparp
Sandra Scott
Tickets are $11 - Students with ID $5
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 Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com.


Stories of Hospitality: From Good to Gasping.
Saturday, November 18th - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sean Buvala 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!

Scheduled Tellers:
Lizbeth Congiusti, Laura Rutherford, Harriet Cole, Mark Goldman, BirdCity Poet, Doug Bland, and Sean Buvala. 

Here's the link for the storytelling night

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When The Clock is Ticking - Less May Be More

Sometimes people ask me, "Where do you get all your tips? How do you decide which one to use each week? The answer is they are all from personal experience, either of performing myself, or watching other tellers. Something stands out for me and I try to turn it into a tip for others. Usually, it's whatever I am thinking about that week.

In that vein, here's a tip that I just discovered this last weekend at the Slam at Changing Hands

Dan Hull's Storyline Slam at Changing Hands last Friday was well attended, and the stories were great. Under Dan's guidelines, tellers could "tell" or "read" their pieces, either true, personal stories, or traditional tales - an all-encompassing format! There's a six-minute time limit, at the end of which, they play a gong sound. One of the things I noticed, is that many of the tellers this time went over the limit. With my own story, the gong rang just as I said the last line!

When I sat down after telling, I thought,

"Why did I craft that to be so close to the six-minute mark? I should have timed and crafted it for five minutes and thirty seconds, or even five minutes! Why come so close to going over?"

I think it is a common mistake for anyone who is dealing with a time limit. We try to get just under the maximum time allowed. When we write a bio for a program, and we have a limit of thirty words, we make the bio exactly 30 words. Or sometimes 29. But our tendency is to come up close to the limit. But when time is involved, it can be a slippery slope to try and just beat the buzzer (or gong)!

Crafting your story to the limit doesn't allow for breaths or pauses, or audience reactions that might add a few more seconds. And then before you know it...your time has expired!

So, here's the tip (and what I will start doing, myself): Prepare for less time than your limit. Whether in a slam, or any gig you may get, craft your story just a little under your time limit. Leave enough time for minor adjustments in your story. If your time limit is six minutes, craft for five, or five and a half. If your gig is 30 minutes, do a set that is 25-28 minutes. AND check your time periodically! Remember, on paying gigs, the producer may have other things planned, and may be on a strict time frame.

Don't have people squirming in their seats, wondering how much longer you will be talking. Less is more!


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November's San Diego Connection
Great weather, the ocean and storytelling! Check out these events from our friends to the west!

Day of Dead "Day of the Dead," November 1st, 7:00pm in South Park

"First Wednesday" at Rebecca's Coffee House with David Schmidt, Marilyn McPhie, Mindy Donner and Arlyn Hackett, 3015 Juniper St. in South Park, telling traditional folktales, literary works and original stories. 7:00 - 8:45, Suggested donation $5   

      Rebecca's website  phone(619)284-366         


Marilyn McPhie "Haunting Tales," October 30th, 6:00pm, Oceanside Library


321 N. Nevada St., Oceanside, FREE  Info: (760) 435-5600
Marilynj's website

"Viva Italia! Stories from Italy,"  Novermber 8, 1:00- 2:30pm an OASIS program

 Information: (619) 881-6262

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, November 15th, 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


Day of the Dead, City Heights, October 28th, 11-5pm 

 link to poster

Tellabration2017 Tellabration 2017, "Uncharted," November 11, 7:30pm, Bethany Lutheran Church, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach

The Annual World-Wide Celebration of Storytelling with Leo Baggerly, Jim Dieckmann, Jim Hinton, Ramela Reinagel, Marilyn McPhie, David Schmidt, Eric Tauber and Linda Whiteside, Ages 12+, $15 Information (619) 850-2130
Event Poster Link 
Tellabration is a registered trademark of The National Storytelling Network,http://www.tellabration.org/



"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, November 14th, 8:00pm

Topic: "Under Your Skin"  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 22nd, 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", Saturday, November 18th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Cold Turkey, vol. 3"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website


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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?

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