Monday - October 31, 2016
Issue # 235

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

My Favorite Holiday!

Happy Halloween!

The only thing scarier than halloween...

is that the election is 8 days away!

Just a Reminder

Don't Be Left Out - Want to Present 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
At least - send in a proposal! 
Proposal Deadline: November 12, 2016, 5:00 pm EST
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This Week


Stew and Stories

Thursday - November 3rd - 5:30 pm - SMCC Student Union

Stew and Stories: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Join us for Stew and Frybread by Emerson Fry Bread at 5:30 pm

and Storytelling at 6:30 pm

Tim Terry (O’Odham)
Rafael Armenta (Pasqua Yaqui)
Anita Cota (Pasqua Yaqui)

Free and open to the public!

Community Room
South Mountain Community Library
7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Co-Sponsored by: Maricopa American Indian Outreach, SMCC’s International/Intercultural Education Program, and the SMCC Storytelling Institute

For more information contact Liz Warren, liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu, 602-243-802

Arizona Storytellers: Craft Brewing & Craft Cocktails

Thursday - November 3rd - 6:30pm
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, Tempe, AZ

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona, in partnership with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and Arizona Cocktail Week, as we celebrate the best of our local beverage makers. You'll hear from beer brewers, bar owners and mixologists as they share stories about our favorite drinks. Cheers! 
Megan Finnerty, Storytellers Project founder
Kelli Hwang, Republic writer with experience in craft beer coverage
Featured tellers:
Mike Soo, bartender at The Ostrich in Chandler and at Crudo in Phoenix
Jemini Miller, bartender at Okra in Phoenix
Kirti Dwivedi, restaurant and bar publicist and marketing maven at Diya Marketing
Meg Mundt, bartender
Dustin Hazer, owner and brewmaster at Helio Basin Brewing Co.
Dave Arnce, principal at The Shop Beer Co.
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
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 Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com.

Info & Tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, November 3rd - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

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

Theme: Dirty Laundry
Soiled, dirty, and not ordinarily for public exposure.  Efforts to refresh, renew, and clean up.  We all have dirty laundry of one type of another.  Join us as we air stories from the back of our “closets.”
Curated by Roscoe Mutz
Jeff Whitehead
Gretchen Wirges
Troy E. Larkin
Matthew Trace Mutz, 
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
If you have a story to tell, contact Penelope@odysseystorytelling.com or Adam@odysseystorytelling.com

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, November 5th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

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.

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, November 5th~ 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.

Chek out their NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/

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

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”
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Coming Up


Journeys Storytelling Workshop: Your Own Hero's Journey

Saturday - November 12th ~ 10:00 am - Noon

Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Journeys Storytelling Workshops: Your Own Hero's Journey
The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock
Journeys Storytelling Workshop Intensive:
with Liz Warren and John Genette
Perhaps our most treasured tales are those of a hero’s journey. Whether it’s Odysseus or Dorothy, their stories not only capture our imaginations, but also resonate deep within us - maybe because each of us has experienced our own version of that tale. 
Join Storytellers Liz Warren and John Genette this fall to identify and explore your own hero’s journey using Joseph Campbell’s Common Structure. Come and consider with us a time when you’ve followed your own call to adventure, found help, then reward, and ultimately your own way home to a new kind of normal, a bit older but also wiser for the journey.
$20 per session - or $50 for the series
Saturdays, 10 am - noon
zYou can attend this sesion even if you haven't attended the others!
November 12 with John Genette on Delivering Your Story
You will have the option to share your story at our next Journeys: Storytelling Night at The Whole Life Center on Friday, December 2 at 7 pm in Smith Hall. (See Events to reserve tickets for $10 each.)
More info and Registration

East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, November 12thh ~ 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 looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.
Click here for details & info

Glendale TELLABRATION!™ - Stories From The Heart of Arizona
Saturday - November 12th - Glendale Library ~ 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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 Schedule of Events
Click here for map

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What's The Best Camping Stove?

A reprint of a favorite tip from 2014 - I hope you enjoy it!

Many of you know that I am a bicycle/camping enthusiast. Over the years, I have modified and purchased newer and newer gear for camping and cooking at the campground. Of course, every camper has their “favorite” camping stove: the lightest; the smallest; the quietest; the best gas burner, etc. Everyone believes their choice is “the best.”

A few years ago I was at REI (the “best” camping store) and overheard a customer ask the salesperson, “What’s the best camping stove?” Eager to hear his take, I was surprised when, instead, he asked a question. “What kind of food are you going to be cooking?”
Ah! Brilliant!
Here was not just a great salesperson, but a great “coach”. Rather than tell the customer what stove “he” thought, or even “others” thought was the best, he used specific questions to ascertain more information about the “needs of the customer.”
Good coaching for storytellers is quite similar. Quite often, students and coaching clients ask me, “What’s the best way to…?; How do I…?; How can I…?” My “best” response to any of these queries is to follow up with another question; questions that will assist the client in focusing in on their goals and understanding of their story.
Who’s your audience?
What’s the story about?
What do you want the audience to feel, experience?
How long do you have to tell?
These and other secondary and tertiary questions will lead the client AND the coach along the appropriate path for this particular story/situation.
Last year I had a coaching session with Sean Buvala.  I presented an idea for a new character-specific story. I was having difficulty finding the right direction to go; understanding how to begin. Sean asked one simple question that got me thinking and going. He said, “Who are you telling the story to?”
The “best” answer to a question about the “best” way to accomplish something is most likely another, specific  question.
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Be A Professional - Whether You Get Paid or Not
Years ago, the sweet Thelma Speed (rest her soul) said she wanted to be a professional; "to get paid." I replied that, for me, the difference between amateur and professional was more than just getting paid. A professional spends hours each day working on their craft: crafting stories; practicing; getting coaching; making clear decisions about what and how they will tell to a specific audience; networking with other tellers, both near and far; utilizing the resources of professional organizations, and more.

Professionals understand the value of all of the above. They strive to make their stories and performances the "best" that they can be for a particular audience. They value and seek out other tellers and their ideas and wisdom. They study those who have "gone before" to learn from the masters. They use all the resources they have to become knowledgeable about themselves and their craft.

With all of this, one of the things I want to emphasize is belonging to a professional organization: NSN - National Storytelling Network. As the State Liaison for NSN I encourage you, even if you are a part-time storyteller, to join NSN. In fact, that may be the best time to join, that way you can truly reap the benefits of the organization AND its members. The base fee for one year is $60 --- that's only $5 a month! And new members receive a free book from August House!

Here are some other membership benefits:

STORYTELLING MAGAZINE The Storytelling Magazine is now published four times annually, bringing NSN members news of important events, trends, people, and publications in the national storytelling community. In addition to news, reviews, and a story or two, each issue explores a timely topic through carefully selected articles from leaders in the field. 
GRANTS Fund your storytelling projects. Thanks to your membership you can apply for NSN grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.
STORYTELLER DIRECTORY List your skills for potential employers and producers through NSN’s on-line Teller Directory. 
NATIONAL STORYTELLING CONFERENCE Enjoy training, education and networking with other professional storytellers and enthusiasts through your membership discount to the National Storytelling Conference.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Focus your storytelling skills and advance your interests through one of NSN’s Special Interest Groups, including Healing Story Alliance, Producers and Organizers, Storytelling in Higher Education, Storytelling in Organizations, and Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance! 
DISCUSSION GROUPS Make a difference by joining one of NSN’s Discussion Groups (Environmental, Interfaith, Intergenerational, New Voices, OUT LOUD! Celebrating Diversity and Challenging Homophobia). 
MENTORSHIP CLEARINGHOUSE NSN created the Mentorship Clearinghouse to establish more connections between storytellers, to expand training opportunities, and to offer an important service to its members.  We use the term “mentorship” here to include many kinds of relationships, from long-term apprenticeships, to multiple or single coaching sessions, to skill training.
DISCOUNT ON STORYTELLING PROGRAM AT ETSU Enroll in the Storytelling Program at East Tennessee State University at in-state tuition rates, no matter where you live. 
GREENWOOD'S WORLD FOLKLORE AND FOLKLIFE DATABASE Gain valuable subscriber access to Greenwood’s World Folklore and Folklife database, with full texts of thousands of international folktales, myths, and legends, edited and annotated by knowledgeable folklorists and searchable by country, region, tale type, and myriad keywords. 
All this, plus you get access to other professionals all over the world!
Click here for more information and how to join
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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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