Monday, November 18, 2013
Issue # 82

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NSN Conference - Updates

This section will be an ongoing post with updates as they come in from NSN

Where: Mesa, Arizona
When: July 24-27, 2014
Theme: Fire & Light
Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community.  Stories spark deeper understanding; they enlighten our minds and hearts.  Stories light the fire of joy and laughter.  

Call for Proposals
Workshop proposals for 90 minute breakout sessions are due December 9, 2013 - Click here for info

Proposals for 55 minute Fringe performances are due Decamber 31, 2013 - Click here for info

Donald Davis Workshop - Place & People

It's no secret why Place and People are the first two "Ps" in Donald Davis' rubric for crafting stories. This last weekend's two-day workshop with the Master Teller revealed rich levels of stories and telling.

The simple use of focusing on "Place" as a begining for a story brought up not only the places that participants had experienced, but many of the emotions connected to those places. The addition of "People" attached to those places multiplied those deep feelings exponentially!

The workshop offered ample time for each participant to explore many sides ot their stories by just starting with those two aspects. Appreciations and sharing added to the understanding of each teller and their tale. Kudos and thanks to Donald Davis and to Liz Warren for hosting!

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This Week



Each year, the week before Thanksgiving, storytelling organizations collaborate with their communities and offer free storytelling concerts under the name Tellebration! Here are the Tellebration listings for Arizona - click on each link.

West Side Story Tellers
Tuesday - Nov 19 - Peoria Public Library
Wednesday - Nov 20 - Beaded Lizard
Thursday - Nov 21 - Glendale Public Library

SMCC Storytelling Institute
Friday - Nov 22 - SMCC Library Community Room

Tucson Tellers of Tales
Saturday - Nov 23 - Performing Arts Center in Green Valley

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Where are You on the Spectrum?

Not too long ago, there was a discussion on FB about where you stand on the spectrum between story"teller" and story"performer".  Back in January, one of my tips was to try going "Over the Top" in your performance style. Here's one more way to practice and discover:

Ask yourself, "where am I on this line?


Wherever you are is OK. "As an exercise", try moving as far as you can to one side or another. On the TELLER side, see how "conversational" you might be able to be (a la Katherine Windham). On the PERFORMER side, see how "outrageous, over the top" you could be; costumes, props, music, voice, etc.

It's an "exercise". It's a tool to use to clarify what may or may no work for you. Explore each segment of your story from different points on the line. As Karen Langford-Chace says, "I wonder if. . ."

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Coaching Works
In addition to attending workshops - don't forget coaching as as an effective tool towards bettering your storytelling. My hat is off to Regi Carpenter, Sean Buvala and Karen Langford-Chace. I recently sought out each of them to coach me on different aspects of my work. The results from each were both insightful and powerful. Thanks to each of you!

Regi Carpenter

Sean Buvala

Karen Langford-Chace


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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

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month - TUCSON

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

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

Storyline: Origins
Fourth Friday of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Third Friday 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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