Monday - October 8, 2018
Issue # 335

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

Northlands Confabulation - Call for Proposals

Call for Workshops, Showcases & Fringes for the
2019 Confabulation!
in Madison, Wisconsin
April 26–28, 2019
Proposals Due October 15, 2018

In psychiatry, confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.
Don't let the above definition deter you! This is one of the most prestigious and well-run conferences in the storytelling community.
Download Guidelines Here

Tejas Call for Proposals

Workshop and Fringe Performance Proposals
Texas Storytelling Festival on March 7 to 10, 2019 in Denton, Texas.

Workshop Proposals
Workshops at the Festival are 90 minutes in length and cover a wide range of topics that help our participants grow as storytellers and listeners. If you have a great idea for a presentation, be sure to submit a proposal. Remember that many of the people that attend the Festival are storytellers, but there are also educators and librarians, clergy, and therapists. The Workshop Selection Committee is eager to hear from you.
Fringe Performance Proposals
The maximum length of any story in the Fringe Performance is 20 minutes. Performances can be on any imaginable topic from edgy to enlightening. The storytellers are selected by a random drawing to fill slots in the Fringe Fest block. This is your big chance to strut your stuff! Don't let the opportunity pass you by.
More Details
You may submit a workshop proposal and a fringe performance proposal, but you may present only one (if both are selected). Please indicate your preference on the forms. Storytellers chosen will need to register and pay for the full festival or a full day admission. After the workshop presenters will be mailed a check.

High-resolution photo (300 dpi. JPEG preferred) for our festival program, website and social media should be submitted with your application or emailed to tsa@tejasstorytelling.com

Submit forms to Beverly at tsa@tejasstorytelling.com or mail to: Tejas Storytelling Association, P.O. Box 2806, Denton, TX 76202-2806 or FAX to 940-380-9329

Workshops - Contact Tim Couch at timothy7774@att.net 
Fringe -  Contact Fran Stallings at fran.stallings@icloud.com
Remember deadline for Workshop and Fringe proposals is Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
Workshop Word Document – CLICK HERE
Fringe Word Document – CLICK HERE
Fringe PDF Document – CLICK HERE
If you would prefer having the information pages and application forms mailed to you, please call Beverly at the TSA office: 940-380-9320

Liars Contest

Do you have an 8–to-10-minute whopper to share?

Come be a part of this year’s Texas Storytelling Festival Liars Contest on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The first eight people to email Contest Producer and Liar Extraordinaire, Sheila Phillips, at zoolady@airmail.net will be the participants. Subsequent applications will be retained in the order received and will be called upon to fill any vacancies that may occur. What we need from you:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Hometown
  • 45-word bio

High-resolution photo (300 dpi. Jpeg preferred) for our festival program, website and social media

NSN J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award Applications

Are you – or do you know – a talented younger storyteller who could benefit from a year’s work with an experienced professional mentor?

If so, NSN wants you to know that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award – a grant that provides $1250 to enable a year’s work between a storytelling mentor and a gifted younger teller (18-30 years old) (Yikes - That means I'm out of the running!).

Two of the past recipients are our own Dustin Loehr (2009) and Cassie Cushing (2015)!

Check out the award description and application instructions at https://storynet.org/about-nsn/awards/j-j-reneaux-award/j-j-reneaux-mentorship-award/.

DEADLINE for applications: MIDNIGHT (EDT), OCTOBER 26, 2018.

Please share this announcement far and wide!  Applicants need not be current members of NSN.

For more information, email Jo Radner at jradner@american.edu.

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

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. 
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This Week


Storyline Slam - Haunted

Friday - October 12th - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The line-up for The Storyline SLAM: Haunted
3. Tristan Marshell
4. Chelsie Marshall
5. Marilee Lasch
6. Billy Boyles
7. Dee Munsterman
8. Mario Avent
9. Alex Peck
10. Theodore Jachimowicz    
Drawing for two more storytelling spots will be at 7:00pm the night of the show. Come out and put your name in the hat.  
At least two storytelling spots are open for a live drawing at 7:00 pm on the night of the show. 
There's still room for you. Put your name in the drawing the night of the show for one of the first two storytelling spots!
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 

Online here

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, October 13th ~ 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

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Coming Up


Saturday - October 13th 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Doors open at 1:30
222 E 14th St, Tucson
Armory Park Neighborhood

Join Glenda Bonin, Ethel Lee-Miller & Debra Olson-Tolar for 90 minutes of entertaining folktales, traditional and contemporary storytelling. There will be a brief intermission, & time for hospitality after the show – ending around 4:15 p.m. Gather with us in this beautiful "garden" for 90 minutes of wisdom, humor, entertainment. Light refreshments. Suggested Donation: $10.00.

TENWEST Festival - Discover Local Days - Tales of the Future
Sunday Oct. 14th 10 a.m.- 2:00 pm  
at the Tucson Museum of Art court yard. 

ATTENTION STORYTELLERS: Sustainable Tucson will be hosting a small storytelling stage, Discover Local Days, (during TENWEST). Festival attendees will be encouraged to tell impromptu 2-3 minute stories on the theme of envisioning Tucson Sustainable in 2038. "Tales of the Future!" is the theme. Here is an example prompt: "You travel to Tucson in 2038. What do you see? What would you do when you get back to 2018?) 

For more information, contact Jana Segal-Stormont janasegal@aol.com – or checkout the website for Sustainable Tucson: Sustainablelivingtucson.org


So You Want To Publish Your Book
Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 P.M.

Goodyear, AZ (Location: Goodyear Library, 14455 W Van Buren, Goodyear)
Sean Buvala and Small Tooth Dog Publishing are presenting a workshop!
Publishing is a business and we’re a publisher. However, our workshop is fun and we want you to come away with KNOWLEDGE and information. In 75 minutes, you will be getting training, not sales pitches. Note: attending this workshop does not guarantee that we’ll publish your book. We are not a vanity publisher and we’re not operating a “dream factory.” We have a normal acquisitions process. Come to our workshop to learn what you can about being an authorpreneur!
Join Us at a Workshop! You’ll Get 75 Educational, Fun, and Interactive Minutes.
You’ll Learn All This and More:
  • How Publishing is Changing.
  • How to View Your Books Differently.
  • What You Need to Get Rid of Right Now.
  • Why Writing the Book is the Easy Part.
  • How to Interact with Money and Time.
  • What to Build Today to Succeed Later.
Presented with Features:
  • Harsh Realities Presented in a Humorous and Gentle Manner.
  • Four Options and Two Formats for Publishing Your Next Book.

To register for the October 18 workshop, send an Email with your name to staff@smalltoothdog.com with the subject line of Goodyear Pub Workshop.


Saturday, Oct. 20 10 AM-11:30 AM
Viscount Suite Hotel 4855 E. Broadway Tucson  85711  

Hosted by Tucson Sisters in Crime. 
Speaker: Ethel Lee-Miller 
Why, What, How, When to blog with the purpose of expanding, entertaining, and/or informing your audience. Give me 60 minutes I’ll share 60 tips about blogging in today’s writing, speaking, and publishing arena. Plus a workable schedule to give you time to blog AND still have time and sanity for your creative crime writing. Q&A welcome. More info to come.
Contact Ethel or Tucson Sisters in Crime http://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/events/ 
Fee: $20 for members, $25 for guests.
surround parking. Lunch included

Ojai Storytelling Festival
October 25-28, 2018
Libbey Bowl and Ojai Art Center
Ojai, California

The 18th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival will feature acclaimed storytellers:  Diane Ferlatte, Kevin Kling, Willy Claflin, Clare Murphy, Glenis Redmond (poet extraordinaire), Scott Ainslie (blues musician), the Chameleons (mimes), and Moth Winners from Los Angeles.

Ojai is about a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles

This year's festival will be overflowing with entertainment: music, poetry, mime, scary stories, and humor. With Halloween just around the corner, it's the perfect place to be. Whether it's a night of hilarious laughter, a journey of imagination, a tale filled with suspense and mystery, a program your children will never forget, a ribald night of tales for adults, or a workshop that inspires, the 18th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival has something for everyone. Come join us for a weekend of riveting tales under the oaks and beneath the stars.

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As Everyone Knows...

An important tip from 2013.

Ever need to make a story "shorter"? Need to cut through that long, epic saga, but you don't want the audience to lose important information? Here's a device used successfully by storyteller Laura Rutherford.

Use the phrase, "As everyone knows..." or "As you all know..." This can significantly shorten the length of the story without losing critical content or sacrificing the integrity of the tale. Laura has used this device in cutting down an epic Myth.
For example: In Jack and the Beanstalk, let's say you only have time to tell about "two" of the times that Jack climbs the stalk and steals from the giant. After telling about stealing the bag of gold, you might say,
As all of you know, Jack went up the stalk a second time and stole the goose that lays the golden eggs, and once again was nearly caught by the giant. He saw one more item that he wanted, a golden harp that sang. But Jack fled as he heard the Giant's rant of "Fee-fi-fo-fum!"
Using the phrase "As everyone knows..." brings the audience in. It makes them privy to what you know, even if they DON'T know it.
It is essential that one must be careful about what to excise and refer to in this manner. I wouldn't use it in a story like the Three Little Pigs, or Goldilocks, where the repetition is more crucial to the story. It’s good for long, expository sections that add detail, but could easily be left out if needed.
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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.

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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?

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