Monday, November 17, 2014
Issue # 134

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

-------There's so much storytelling going on in the Valley!

------------------------Don't miss any part of it!

NSN Members SAVE on 2015 Conference Registration

Next year's NSN Conference dates are set! July 30 through August 2, 2015 are the dates for the tribe to gather in our NEW home in Kansas City MO. Exploring the PATHWAYS where storytelling can take us!

FOR NSN MEMBERS ONLY (That means you need to JOIN NOW)
Back by popular demand is our PRE-early-bird offer to register for the full conference at the lowest possible price through January 12, 2015 (does not include lodging, meals, pre-conferences, master classes, final Sunday concert, additional special events TBA later).  Conference registration for non-NSN members will not open until 2015 and at a $100 higher rate. 

Perhaps most important is by registering now, you have the opportunity to stretch your payment over 6 months. Fax (423-753-9331), mail (PO Box 795, Jonesborough, TN 37659), scan and email the required form to karin@storynet.org:  Form is available at: http://www.storynet.org/conference/index.html (right side of the screen).


Want to present a workshop at the 2015 NSN Conference in Kansas City?
Proposals (with references) are due NEXT WEEK - Monday, November 24th
5pm Eastern (4pm Central - 3pm Mountain - 2pm Pacific)

See the NSN webpage for information


NSN Interim Executive Director Sought

Whether you are a storyteller or not...
Do you have experience writing grants?
NSN is looking for an Interim Executive Director!

One of the primary accomplishments at the fall NSN 2014 Board meeting was the approval of a part-time Interim Executive Director position in Kansas City. This is an addition, not a replacement, to our current staff, in order to accelerate progress with our partnership building and fund development in Kansas City, while the Woodneath historic home (NSN’s new office) is being renovated.

Please see www.storynet.org/ (scroll to bottom of home page to download full position description) for complete details of this position and share with potential qualified candidates. This is an exciting time for NSN! 

Applications are due Monday, December 8th.

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This Week


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. Current students in the SMCC Storytelling Institute's program will be telling their tales.

Starts at 7:00 pm

Terrible Holidays - A Concert

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.

Featured tellers include storytelling-coach and author Sean Buvala, journalist Megan Finnerty, pastor Doug Bland, storyteller and author Sandy Oglesby, and educator Sharon Gilbert. 

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
Click here for details & info

Dan Hoen Hull Hosts Storyline

Friday, November 21st
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.

This Saturday's tellers include Sandy Oglesby, Megan Finnerty and Mark Goldman.
Click here for details

Tucson Tellers of Tales TELLABRATION!™ EVENT

Thursday, November 22th -  7:00pm - 9:00pm

TELLABRATION!™ is a worldwide storytelling festival which started in 1988 and takes place annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Tellers of Tales Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1979 by Sheila Pattison, who believed that stories and storytellers need nurturing to thrive. The organization exists to preserve oral literature through promotion of the art of storytelling. Multiple members of Tellers of Tales will perform various folk tales, personal accounts and other forms of storytelling. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Sheila Pattison.

Gloria Myers, Ray Hyde, Ron Lancaster, Jean Baxter, Anne Lee, Glenda Bonin, Karla Campillo, Debra Olson-Tolar, Marc Severson and Susanne Lasseter 
Tickets are $15-20 in advance or $20 at the door. 
Green Valley Community Performing Arts Center
1250 W. Continental Road
Green Valley AZ 85622 US
For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call (520) 399-1750, or visit 
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Coming Up


A TELLABRATION!™ EVENT - Storytelling Concert
Monday, November 24th
Peoria Library 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

YarnBOWL Storytelling Challenge
Wednesday, November 26, 2014. 

Valley teller & MC Dan Hoen Hull announced that starting this month, there will be a YarnBOWL Storytelling Challenge on the last Wednesday evening of each month. There will be a $25 prize for the best story!

The YarnBOWL Storytelling Challenge will be held 8:00pm at Lawn Gnome Publishing & Bookstore at 905 N 5th St Phoenix, AZ 

To qualify:

  1. Come armed with your TWO best 5-6 minute stories. There’s no theme. This is all about your finest yarns
  2. First eight people to sign up get to compete. Sign up starts 7:30pm with Becky at the store register. 
  3. Two rounds of four storytellers.
  4. Final round of two storytellers to square off in the YarnBOWL.
  5. Winner, determined by the audience judges, will get something good. We promise. 

Yarnball: funny, inspiring, motivating, brutal, gripping and always living.

Lawn Gnome Publishing is located at 905 N 5th St Phoenix, AZ. Donations will be accepted in order to help develop a storytelling venue in Phoenix. All of our shows are all ages and uncensored. Our used bookstore will be open during the event. Refreshments are available for purchase

Click here for details & info

Myths and Folktales of Norway with Harriet Cole
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 - 7

EXPERIENCE NORWAY at the Musical Instrument Museum!
A whole weekend of Norwegian music, food, crafts and STORIES. 

Hear the stories of old told by the hearth to keep warm on the long, dark nights of a Norwegian winter. Local storyteller Harriet Cole, an instructor at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, specializes in the Norse sagas and performs throughout the country. Join her for a taste of the Nordic folktales with four themes you won’t want to miss!
Saturday 10:30–11:30 a.m.: “Trolls, Trolls, Trolls”
Saturday 2:30–3:30 p.m.: “Heroes and Tricksters”
Sunday 10:30–11:30 a.m.: “Children Brave and True”
Sunday 2:30–3:30 p.m.: “Tales of the Vikings”
Concert in Alcove 3
Fee: $18 / Day entrance to Museum
Click here for details & info
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Write It Down!

They say that, "An elephant never forgets." But some older elephants need to write things down!

My long-term memory is fading...I think. When Donald Davis was here a few weeks ago, his prompts helped me access some old memories. With each telling of a particular story from my days in high school, I was able to remember more and more details, names and places, words that were spoken. Most of the time, the repetition helps to bring back lost memories.

But not always.

Several weeks ago, I was reminiscing, and caught a glimpse of my first girlfriend in the sixth grade. I spoke to someone about it and called out her name...I didn't write it down...and then...it was gone!

I have wracked my brain, I have talked about her golden blonde hair, and the time we sat on the small cliff overlooking the highway and we held hands for the first time...but I couldn't recall her name. I ran through numerous iterations of what I THOUGHT it was: Melanie, Mitzi, Mellissa (something flirty like that). I think she had an alliterative name, like Mitzi Meyers or Melanie Martin. I couldn't re-capture it. I remembered her cute little button nose, her bright blue eyes, her small red lips...but her name still escaped me.

Next time I remember something...I HAVE to WRITE IT DOWN! So I won’t forget it the NEXT time.

Long pause inserted here...
Yes, as I go to the Internet (yes, while I am writing this) for a desperate attempt, and Google
Girl's names that begin with "M":

Millie...Millie...no...not MIllie...Millicent!

Aha! I found it! Millicent Meade!

If I had only written it down the first time...but then you never would have seen this tip!

P.S. - WAY too many elipses (...) here, but I DO love them!

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Six-Word Story Challenge...and the Winner Is...
There were only three submissions for the Six-Word Story Challenge:

Mark Compton
Not sure what inspired Mark to come up with this bit of whimsy, but it was a good "Third Place".
      Saw carpet flying. Grabbed a ride.

Sandy Oglesby
Coming in Second, Sandy did a great job of capturing the short story I told her of a my terrible 8th grade English teacher who ridiculed me in front of the class for "The worst book report" he had ever read. Well, Mr. I can't remember your name; I am now a published author!
       Mean English teacher. Perseverant Goldman. Published!

Winner - Clem Condon
Some may remember Clem's great story of his prize-winning 4-H Cow (Sir Loin). As a young boy, the impact of the cow winning, then being taken away for slaughter didn't hit him until he returned home and went to his secret place in the barn, to be away from his brothers, and allow his tears to come. I think he captured the moment in his six words!
       Cow mooed. Kicked bucket. I cried.

As promised, Clem gets a FREE, Autographed copy of my book: Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories from Parkhust Brothers. 

And here's a P.S. - One of my students who participated in the exercise two weeks ago stated that it really helped her focus in on the meaning of the story, and helped her to do a better job of crafting it (and it showed in her telling)!

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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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