Monday, November 2, 2015
Issue # 184

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

NSN Auction Now On!

The National Storytelling Network Auction is under way! The auction supports the NSN Member Grant Programs. These programs are awarded throughout the year for the development of individual work, collaborative projects, community-based storytelling programs, or for scholarly research. In the past, two of our own Phoenix storytellers, Cassie Cushing and Caleb Winebrenner have been recipients of member grant awards.

Items up for bid include registrations and passes for Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; two hours of coaching with Kendall Haven; coaching by Doug Lipman; many different autographed CDs; gift certificates from August House and many, many, great hand crafted items!
Click to go to the Auction site
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This Week


Myth Informed: Lego Hero’s Journey

TONIGHT - SMCC Library Community Room - 6:30 pm
It should be a most interesting gathering tonight at the SMCC Library. It's an interactive presentation about the Hero's Journey and the connection to Legos! One can only imagine what will take place as kids and adults dive into this colorful mélange of tales of heroes, Legos and our own imaginations. 

Myth Informed: Lego Hero’s Journey presented by Idea Farm with Tamara Christensen

Presented by the SMCC Storytelling Institute
SMCC Library Community Room
Admission: Free

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Joyce Story will be telling mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Here is the schedule:
Tales of the Sonoran Desert: Nature Center

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, November 5th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Passing. Passing time, passing grades. Who makes the rules? Who and what passes--or doesn't--and why? And what happens when you pass over? Join our six storytellers as they take a pass at "Passing."
Bug collector, Terry Ahearn; craftsman to the stars Bruce Blackstone; retired professor Bella Vivante; soon-to-be retired professor Maureen Kelly; University student Karlyn Bradley; and former RN Adele Schoterman!

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, November 7th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

They have a BRAND NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/ - Check it out!

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.

Glenda Bonin at Empire Ranch Roundup

Saturday - November 7
Glenda Bonin is delighted to announce she will be on stage Saturday, November 7, at the Empire Ranch Roundup in Sonoita, Arizona.

She will be sharing historic tales about what it was like for Dusty Vail growing up on one of the largest cattle ranches in the Southwest from 1914 to 1927. The stories were shared by Dusty during several interviews she had with Glenda in 2001.

This will be the fourth time Glenda has been asked to tell Dusty’s childhood memories at an annual roundup celebration.
More info here

AZ Storytellers: Sisters

Saturday, November 7th - Changing Hands - Phoenix
Join Arizona Storytellers for a night of true stories, told live on the theme of "Sisters" at Changing Hands Bookstore at the Newton.

Megan Finnerty is the host and curator of the night and she has booked a diverse group of women to tell stories about their lives as sisters. Megan says, "Essentially, I think our sisters are our playmates, our foils, our second-souls, our sparring partners and our mirrors, the fun-house style and the regular kind."
The night's featured storytellers are:
Lisa Olson, an art curator and entrepreneur, who will tell with her sisters, Kim Brown and Karen Olson, in a three-part story detailing one party none of them will ever forget.
Eva Valdez, a Chicanos Por La Causa storytelling coach, rabble rouser and idealist, who will tell a story about how she stayed close to her sister through their time in the Arizona foster care system.
Rachel Cheeseman, a science lover, optimist, and TV binge-watcher, who will tell a story about how she came to become closer to her brother when she made an effort to be closer to her sister-in-law.
And, of course, Megan Finnerty.
Registration begins at 6 p.m., 
Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

Get Tickets here

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Coming Up


Saturday - November 14th - Glendale Library
5959 W. Brown St.
Glendale, AZ 85302

Click here for map

South Mountain Storytelling - TELLABRATION!™
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Another "Celebration" of storytelling. Join South Mountain Storytelling Institute Faculty and Students for a great night of storytelling.
This is a TELLABRATION!™ event (see Tidbits below) and another great happening in a series of storytelling gatherings to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute!
Click here for map

Book Signing and Workshop
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Book Signing & Workshop
Peregrine Book Company - 219A North Cortez, Prescott, AZ 86301 - 928.445.9000

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Storyteller, Author and Coach Mark Goldman will tell stories and have a book signing for his book, Storytelling Tips: Creating Crafting and Telling Stories. AND he will present a workshop in Prescott!
When I Was Your Age: Connecting Through Family Stories
Sharing our experiences and feelings through storytelling is the best way to connect with people. Telling personal and family stories is how we bond with and learn from our families and others. Stories handed down from generation to generation help preserve family history and memories. Family stories help give children a sense of “who they are” and “where they fit”; an all-too-often forgotten element of life. Mark Goldman will walk participants through the process of how to find and craft their personal and family stories.
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Not so Fast ... Not so Fast!

Perhaps you've heard that phrase before. 

Perhaps you are thinking that this tip is about not talking so fast when you are telling. No, that is another post (It's Not a Race). This is about something else... but your assumptions may just prove my point.

I was making smoothies in a cheap old blender that I had. As the contents began to turn to frozen slush, it kept spinning without drawing the contents down to the blades. I had to constantly stop it and shake the contents and have them settle to the bottom, then start again.

So I bought a new fangled, expensive blender that was supposed to overcome that problem. I opened it with great anticipation of using pre-programmed buttons to complete my culinary tasks. I loaded it with juice and frozen fruit, and hit the automatic "smoothie" button. I watched as the same thing seemed to happen. The blades began to just spin. I turned it off. I tried again. The same thing. I was frustrated.

I thought, how could they market this if it didn't really work? What a racket! And then I thought... maybe it does work. Maybe I just have to wait. So I began again, but this time I didn't stop the machine once it began to spin. I waited. Eureka! It worked. All by itself, it slowed, then sped up, then it did it again. And it kept on blending and not spinning. All I had to do was trust it and wait.

So... where does this fit for storytellers?

First of all, as a teller, don't be so quick to dismiss a story at first glance. Take a second look. There might just be something there, maybe further or deeper into the story. Give it some time. If, in the end, it really doesn't work for you, you can merely return it to the shelf. Kind of like returning a blender to the store and getting your money back. You've only spent a small amount of time to make an intelligent vs. a quick or rash decision.

Second of all, as listeners, perhaps we need to trust the teller and the story when we listen. Don't be so quick to criticize, or dismiss the teller as "unpracticed" or "unseasoned". There may be value in truly listening to their "whole" story.

In the past, when coaching, I used to stop clients after the first few lines if I felt something needed to be addressed. Boy, did that ever put a damper on being a productive session. Now, my intent is to listen for as long as the client or student needs. Then wait some more. Then ask the client what they need, what are they looking for. If I take my time and don' make assumptions, I can usually get to a place where I say "yes" for both me AND the client.

Wait for it... wait for it...

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A Dream Realized!
Did you ever have a dream about something you wanted to do? Maybe write a book, sail the ocean, climb a mountain... or open a coffee shop?

Friend, colleague, storyteller and now Coffee Shop owner Cassie Cushing has finally realized her dream! This last weekend, on Halloween, she opened Kaleidoscope Coffee in Point Richmond, California!

While living in Phoenix, Cassie became a huge part of the storytelling community and performed in several coffee shops in the valley. Her stories were (and still are) often gritty and dark. She also has a knack for combining different types of stories in thought provoking tales.

Cassie moved to Berkley and began the long and arduous task of finding a storefront, securing financing, going through mounds of paperwork and filings with the city, and finally has opened her dream coffee shop! Storytelling will be an integral part of her enterprise. She will not only perform herself, but will produce many concerts, and offer slots for tellers to share their talents.

If you are in the Berkley/Oakland/San Francisco area, you MUST stop in.
109 Park Place, Richmond, CA - (602) 317-1053

And don't forget, SOMEONE had to paint all those triangles!

Congratulations Cassie!
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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

Yarnball Storytellers 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

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - 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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