Monday - October 9, 2017
Issue # 283

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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                      We are chock-full of storytelling! 
                                         Don't forget to check the calendar


Last Two Weeks to Get your Sh_t Together!

SHARING THE FIRE 2018 — Northeast Storytelling Conference

Theme: “Discovering Authenticity”
March 23-25, 2018 @ Hotel 1620, Plymouth, Massachusetts
DEADLINE:    Proposals must be received by Midnight (EDT), Friday, October 13, 2017
NOTIFICATIONS:   You will receive an email when your proposal has been received. If you do not receive this email, please contact Deb Roe, nestorytelling@gmail.com
INVITATIONS:         If your proposal is accepted you will be notified in November.
IMPORTANT NOTE  All workshops must be participatory (lectures, panels, showcases, etc. will not be considered).

Call for Workshops for the 
2018 Confabulation in Madison, Wisconsin

Due October 20, 2017

Download Guidelines Here


A Warning for This Coming Friday - Beware - TGIF

Do you know

What day this is?
Are you a little afraid to say?
It’s the end of the week…
But beware this ominous day.
For some are fearful
Of what might happen,
They believe something bad will occur.
To them it’s a day
Of doom and gloom.
It’s an omen; a harbinger.
A word that is not routine.
It’s the awful dread
Some feel on this day.
It’s the fear of the number thirteen.
If you’re not superstitious
It won’t bother you.
This day— it matters not.
But just to be
On the very safe side,
There are some things that you should boycott.
Avoid breaking a mirror;
Walking under a ladder;
Stay away from all cats that are black.
And remember
To keep your mother’s back strong,
Never, ever step on a crack!
It’s Friday the thirteenth.
Do you truly believe
That of disaster
There’s no likelihood?
If you’re not truly sure
One hundred percent,
Then play it safe… and just
“Knock on wood!”
©Mark Goldman 2008
GCC Students: Be prepared for a one-question quiz for extra credit on Tuesday.
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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - Work Stories

Wednesday - 10/11/17 - 7:00 pm

2828 N Central Ave #100
Phoenix AZ 85004 US

Most of us work hard and play rarely, the benefit being we have lots to say about the workplace. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about workplace adventures, mishaps and triumphs. 

Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project and Joanna Brathwaite, social media and events producer at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com

Featured tellers:
Erika Ferrin
Jen Cushman
Lawrence Robinson
Dr. Sharon Thompson
Pamela Spence 

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 Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com.

Storyscope - Story Circle

Friday- Oct. 17th at 7 PM - 9 PM
The Empty Space at ASU
970 E University
Tempe 85281 US

Another Storyscope Event!
After registering, you’ll receive story prompts and storytelling tips. No storytelling experience necessary.


East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, October 14th ~ 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!

Click here for details & info

Art and Stories

Saturday & Sunday - Oct. 14th & 15th 
Phoenix Art Museum 11am & 3pm

This week's adventure in storytelling with a number of tellers from the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will be telling art-inspired stories during the Phoenix Art Museum's Free Family Weekend. Stories inspired by art. There will be tellers at 11:30 am and 3: 00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
More info here

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Coming Up


Family Storytelling
Tuesday- Oct. 17th - 10:00am

A fun family-friendly gathering of storytelling, not reading! Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncle, Grandparents, and any Caregivers. Free family-storytelling and craft event on Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at 10AM. Bring your under-12’s to this free event. This is an outdoor event in a working garden. Refreshments available for purchase for adults. Come a bit early for to allow for parking. 

Featuring professional storyteller Sandy Oglesby, craft with Mesquite Tree Studio and snack from BOONgarden.

Outdoor event so wear appropriate clothing! Free snack to kids, Beverages available to for purchase by adults. Please call ahead to reserve your spot. 623-932-2240
More info here

Storyfind at SMCC
Storyfind - Finding and Crafting Fact-Based Stories
with Marilyn Torres
Saturday - October 21, 2017 ~ 1PM - 3PM 

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute. The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College. 
Don’t miss this innovative workshop on finding and crafting Fact-based stories! Marilyn has honed her technique over many years of teaching students in The Art of Storytelling how to select subjects, research strategically, and choose the most compelling, visual details as they construct their stories using traditional story structure.
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Stand On Your Ground!

I had the occasion to hear an interview with the great Carl Reiner over the weekend on NPR (my favorite radio station that has ALL the good stuff). For those who may be too young to remember, Reiner is a producer, writer, director, comedian and much more. He has won 20 Emmy awards for TV, and numerous other awards in the entertainment industry.

He created and produced the Dick Van Dyke Show, Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar, partnered with Mel Brooks for the 2000 Year-Old Man, and many, many more legendary comedy enterprises. If you have never seen the Dick Van Dyke show, Google it and watch an episode on Youtube! It’s a classic!

“Alright, already, so what’s the tip?”, you ask. Wait for it… Wait for it…

Reiner talked about how he created the iconic, classic Dick Van Dyke Show. The era of “variety review” show on TV was at an end. A lot of Westerns were sprouting up. Reiner had read a lot of scripts submitted to him but didn’t like any of them. His wife told him, “YOU write something.” At first, he wasn’t sure he could do it, but then asked himself, (wait for it)

“What piece of ground do you stand on that nobody else stands on?”

His answer, “I live in New Rochelle with my family and I write in New York for TV.” So that’s what he wrote. Originally, he cast himself in the lead role, but it didn’t play. Eventually, he found Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Now, storytellers, when you must create a new story, whether personal or traditional, and you don’t think you have a story inside you, ask yourself:

“What piece of ground do you stand on that nobody else stands on?”

What is uniquely you or yours? What is it that says “You” and no one else? What do you know that no one else knows? Therein lies the beginning of the tale! The foundation, the essence that will point you in the right direction!

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Just in Case You Missed It!
Last weekend was the annual Jonesborough Storytelling Festival. For those who could not attend in person, the festival provided live streaming. It was only one day, Friday and it was only one venue, the Library tent. But there were a plethora of great tellers and stories. I don't know how long the archived videos will stay up on the net, so hurry to do some binge watching and get your Festival Fix!

Cick here for the 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

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?

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


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