Monday, November 10, 2014
Issue # 133

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

----------------------------TOMORROW IS VETERAN'S DAY

     ----         ----   --    Thank a Veteran for Their Service


The NSN Member Grants Auction is on ONLY until
November 12th at Noon Eastern Time!

*** That's 9am Pacific --- 10am Mountain --- 11am Central! 

You can bid on MANY items, and/or services, including coaching and other story-related events! All the proceeds support the Member Grants Programs - Like grants to assist new members to attend the NSN Conference, Mentoring grants and many other grants for research and collaborative projects.
Check out the auction page for some great deals!
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Coming Up


A TELLABRATION!™ EVENT - The Beaded Lizard
Wednesday, November 19th
As A TELLEBRATION!™ EVENT, West Side Story Tellers will be sharing the stage at this popular weekly music venue. Thanksgiving will be the theme. 

Mark Compton, Joyce Story, Loren Russell, Susan Sander, Mary Dyke, Audrey Lee, Andy Hurlbut, Lon Austin
Admission: Free

A TELLABRATION!™ EVENT - Storytelling Concert
Thursday, November 20th
Glendale Library 6:30-7:30

A TELLEBRATION!™ EVENT - West Side Story Tellers will be sharing Thanksgiving stories. 

Mark Compton, Joyce Story, Loren Russell, Susan Sander, Mary Dyke, Audrey Lee, Andy Hurlbut, Lon Austin
Admission: Free

A TELLEBRATION!™ EVENT - South Mountain Storytelling Institute
Friday, November 21st

Storytelling in the SMCC Studio Theatre - Pac 725

Terrible Holidays - Opportunity to Tell
FRIDAY November 21st
We love our families (mostly) but sometimes those holiday gatherings…uhg, you know the ones….yikes. Come for stories of when things just went wrong in the holidays. Blow off a little steam before the stuffing hits the fan.

Terrible Holidays - Stories of Wacked Winter Family Events
Friday, November 21, 2014 7:00 pm.
Homewood Suites, (115 Ave and I-10 Freeway) in Avondale, AZ
Go here to SUBMIT a story.

Dan Hoen Hull Hosts Storyline
Friday, November 21
Valley teller and MC Dan Hoen Hull hosts The Storyline, a monthly storytelling concert that is funny, inspiring, motivating, gripping and always living! 3rd Fridays 10:30 at Space 55. This month's theme: Metamorphosis.

For more information

Women Storytellers
Saturday - November 22nd - 10am-Noon
Anne McDowell has organized another event: Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers. A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

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Who's Your Audience?

I went to the movies last weekend. As I watched the trailers, I was reminded of two things: There aren't many Double Features any more - two movies of similar genres run back-to-back. And second, all the trailers were of similar genres. Seems like a no-brainer, right? You'd be surprised.

Unless your goal is to "shock" your audience, it's probably best to tell stories in your program that fit your audience demographics and sensibilities. You wouldn't (or shouldn't) tell an adult/erotic type story with a family oriented audience. By the same token, a cuddly, heart-warming story about your favorite stuffed bunny is probably not the best for the college bar crowd.

The movie houses don't show trailers for horror films before the animated kids' feature film; and they don't show the trailer for Nemo just before the two hour thriller, Halloween 47.

Bottom line: *You should never show (or tell) Bambi and Godzilla on the same bill. 

*I guess I should say that there are always exceptions to the rule, as in the great "short" film, Bambi Meets Godzilla, but that's another story altogether.

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Six-Word Story Challenge Contest
The shortest story ever? Many believe it to be attributed to Ernest Hemingway: "For sale: Baby Shoes. Never worn."

I used the exercise in my Community College class to help students focus in on the bare-bare bones of their stories.

There continues to be discussion on the Internet about six-word stories. Last week, colleague Karen Dietz (curator of JustStoryIt) posted a link to an article by Paul Smith, author of Lead With A Story. He posted in response to a challenge to business people to create six-word stories. Few of them succeeded. Read his post here, Then return to this page and try to create your own six-word story.

Remember, a "story" is not just a list or report of "events", like,
---The Queen died. The King died.
There needs to be some sort of emotional connection and/or a reason for the turn of events. Don't just tell us WHAT happened, show us WHY it happened.
--- Queen died. King died, broken hearted.

Here is one Karen Dietz suggested:
---Played golf. Boss won. Kept job.

Create your own six-word story - enter the contest!

Post your six-word story below
, in the comment section, or E-mail them to me. Next week, I will post the entries and pick one that I believe is the "best." Based purely on my subjective observation and feelings - decision of the judge (me) is final!

The winner gets a free copy of my new book Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories from Parkhust Brothers. (If you already have a copy, you can designate a recipient.)

Please submit only ONE story per person. Entries must be submitted by MIDNIGHT, Friday, November 15, 2014.

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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 June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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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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