Monday, October 5, 2015
Issue # 180

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

Exciting New Book from Sean Buvala & Wife!

Cut-paper and cloth illustrations by a former elementary-school teacher, a rare, seldom-heard fairytale recreated by a professional storyteller...this is the new "Apples for the Princess" book for kids. A joint project by the husband and wife team of Sean and Michelle Buvala It's a story about kindness and honesty intended for both little and big kids. Kindle and Paperback, now officially launched. 

Teaching the Values of Kindness and Honesty!
"Well as you say, so it is." Is this a warning or a blessing from of the old wizard that our young our heroes encounter on the road to the castle, home of the very sick princess? Use this book, with its adaptation of a classic Grimm fairytale, to explore the values of honesty and kindness. 


Watch the Video Trailer for the Book
How should we treat others? Find out as three boys discover that it is important to treat all people with respect and courtesy. When they forget, frog-filled, pig-packed chaos ruins their great plans to bring the healing apples to the princess! Will any of them succeed on their journey? 
This is a “read it with me!” book for younger children. For older independent readers, we think you'll find this book is best for those 8 years old and beyond. 

Mark Your Calendars - Storyfind Workshop with Mark Goldman

Saturday, October 24th - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SMCC PAC 140 - Part of the SMCC Storyfind Series!

                    STORYFIND and SMCC present a free workshop with Mark Goldman
          Good stories are not merely linear — point “A” to point “B”
Like a river or stream, good stories have an ebb and flow; changing speeds, rushing rapids, pools of calm, bends and falls.
In this workshop, Storyteller, Author and Coach Mark Goldman walks you step-by-step through this tested “flow chart” method of plotting out and crafting your story. More than storyboarding: This process allows the teller to make conscious decisions regarding scenes, characters, POV, and the best structure for a given audience and environment!
We'll be workiing on both personal and traditional stories!
What you will learn:
  • What sequence of events works best for your story
  • How to contract or expand your story based on time frames and audience
  • What characters are needed and how they relate to each other and the story
  • How to use “backstory” elements to enhance your story
Comments from the workshop recently done in Tucson:

What a great workshop! I loved all the examples you shared with us. I came home trying to re-configure an old story that I have always loved, but haven't felt worked. Many thanks for being with us.
Jean B.

[I Learned] ways to tell the same story from a different point of view, depending on the audience and the message.
Gloria M.

It helped energize my storytelling. [It was] well paced and very informative.
Marc S.

This will help me build rapport with my audience as well as learn to engage them.
Carol R.

The workshop was wonderfully informative and beautifully delivered. I haven't seen our group so energized in a long time...you have set a high bar for our future workshops. 
Glenda B.


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This Week


Myth Informed: Classic Moves

TONIGHT - Monday, October 12th- 6:30-8:30 pm

The top eight winners from the Throw Down will tell their full versions for Myth Informed Classic Moves.

Faculty with their winning students: James Ashcroft, Liz Warren, Laura Rutherford, Chrissy Dart, Marian Patterson Giannatti, Nancy Allen Wolter, Marilyn Torres-Sierra, Marilyn Torres, Mario Avent, Christopher Gonzales, and Mark Goldman. — with Jim Ashcroft, Laura Rutherford, Marian Patterson Giannatti, Nancy Allen Wolter, Marilyn Torres-Sierra, Marilyn Torres and Mark Goldman.

E-mail Liz Warren for more info
Check the calendar section for details

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, October 10th ~ 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 TOT is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us after storytelling on October 10th for lunch and a discussion about the future of EVTOT.

Click here for details & info

Two-Saturday Classes Pack a Wallop!

Here's the schedule for the upcoming Two-Saturday courses now offered at SMCC Storytelling Institute:

Storytelling in Educational Settings: 10/10/2015 & 10/17/2015
Storytelling in Interpretive Settings: 10/31/2015 & 11/07/2015
Storytelling in Business Settings: 11/14/2015 & 11/21/2015

These courses are a great way to "pump-up" your knowledge and skills!
Click here for the schedule/descriptions and details.

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Coming Up


Workshop with Dan Hoen Hull: Storytelling Secrets
Tuesday, October 13 - 7:00-9:00 PM
Changing Hands - Phoenix - 300 W. Camelback, Phoenix

The award-winning co-founder of TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a workshop on live, first-person storytelling.

Dan Hoen Hull says that you can look deep into your own personal experiences to seek the "golden egg" of your own storytelling, and then use it to create a meaningful story. He takes you from page to stage, exploring the steps to craft a sincere narrative and an engaging performance.
DAN HOEN HULL is a writer, storyteller, producer, teacher, and Zen monk. He is the co-founder of the storytelling collective TheStoryline.org, which has been key in the development of the downtown Phoenix storytelling scene. Hull produces two local storytelling shows, "Yarnball" and "Storyline," and has sold out two consecutive years of his solo performances of "Bad Buddhist." Phoenix New Times has named him "Best Storyteller MC" and was included in their list of "Top 10 Creatives in Phoenix." He was also the recipient of the 2014 Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award in Creative Writing.
Cost: $25.
Registration and pre-payment at 602.274.0067

Click here for more info and registration form.

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells 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:

Tales of the Sonoran Desert: Nature Center

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.

Spooky Stories around the Campfire

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


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The Martian - Great Movie and Great Advice

In the new movie with Matt Damon, The Martian, Damon's character is stranded on Mars, all alone. No alien space monsters to fight, only the harsh elements of the planet, and the limitations of food, water and electricity; and any random "glitches" that put seemingly impossible hurdles in his way. This could be another metaphor for STORYTELLERS.

The character's response to this overwhelming predicament?

If there is a problem, you figure out a way to solve it until it’s over. You have to solve one problem... and then solve the next problem, and then solve the next problem, and if you solve enough problems, you get to go home.

Storytellers are not actually ON Mars, even though we often feel like we are that far away and isolated. But the advice can be translated to what we need to do to help ourselves survive and thrive in the "outer space" of storytelling. I have written before about what to do when you don't have access to a coach, using Role Reversal.

The situation of of being (or feeling) completely stranded goes a bit beyond role reversal. In necessitates using your knowledge and a lot of science. That's right, the "science" of storytelling. Damon is a botanist who uses both his basic (water is H2O) and his advanced knowledge ("now I just have to figure out how to make it").

As storytellers, we know the basics of telling: Story-Storyteller-Audience; Stories have a Beginning-Middle-End; The Hero's Journey; Donald Davis Five Ps; Doug Lipman's MIT (Most Important Thing) etc. We also have to figure out "how to make it. What are the right measurements of each element? What goes in first? What comes out last? What do we want it to taste like?

And like Damon, we have to experiment. His first attempt at making water literally blows up in his face. He regroups, figures out the problem, and tries again - and succeeds. 

Storytellers must do no less - understand each problem unto itself and work on solving it. Then go on to the next, and then the next. Experimentation - practice, practice and more practice lets us know what works and what doesn't. If you take each one, one-at-a-time and tackle it, and solve it, eventually you will be able to "go home".

You will have a "story".

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Book Signing and Workshop

Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Arizona's largest independently owned bookstore, opened in November of 2012. 
Located at 219A North Cortez, just a half block north of the Raven Cafe, they carry a wide selection of new and used books, as well as stuffed animals, green toys, innovative games, handmade cards, and cool indie magazines. The Peregrine Book Company also hosts national, regional and local authors and poets, as well as book clubs and workshops.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Book Signing & Workshop
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Storyteller, Author and Coach Mark Goldman will tell stories and have a book signing for his book, Storytelling Tips: Creating Crafting and Telling Stories. AND he will present a workshop!
When I Was Your Age: Connecting Through Family Stories
Sharing our experiences and feelings through storytelling is the best way to connect with people. Telling personal and family stories is how we bond with and learn from our families and others. Stories handed down from generation to generation help preserve family history and memories. Family stories help give children a sense of “who they are” and “where they fit”; an all-too-often forgotten element of life. Mark Goldman will walk participants through the process of how to find and craft their personal and family stories.

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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

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 - SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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