Monday, November 24, 2014
Issue # 135

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Newsletter Contents

News -
           2015 NSN CONFERENCE - Save on Registration
           NSN Interim Executive Director Sought
This Week
          A TELLABRATION!™ EVENT - Storytelling Concert
          YarnBOWL Storytelling Challenge
          Giving Thanks - to Parkhurst Brothers!
Coming -
          Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Moving Their Venue
          Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
          Myths and Folktales of Norway with Harriet Cole
          Personal Intro to Story Can Help Bridge Gap
Tidbits -
          Laura Packer's Blog - Traditional vs. Personal

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).


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 - Storytelling Concert

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 8:00 pm 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 7:30 pm 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



Giving Thanks!

Thanks to Ted Parkhurst, his wife Linda and Parkhurst Brothers Publishing!

Every day I wake up and say, "I am a published author!" This is truly because of Ted, his friendship and efforts. I had often dreamed of writing a book. Having it become a reality is an amazing feeling. I am also very grateful for the many colleagues who have praised my work and made me feel welcome and accomplished.

Check Parkhurst Brothers' NEW titles:

Playing with Stories
Kevin Cordi

The Killdeer
Michael Cotter

Story by Story
Karen Chace

Every Day a Holiday
Elizabeth Ellis

Beyond the Briar Patch
Lyn Ford

E-mail me for a discount THROUGH December 12th ONLY
on these and many other books from Parkhurst Brothers

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Moving Their Venue
Thursday, December 4th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 12th 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.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Storytellers: Ryan Fette; pediatrician, R Drew Cronyn; AntiGravity yoga/fitness instructor, Elaine Geffen; Nancy Stanley; R Anna Lawrie; Theresa Lindberg and special guest, author/actor Beth Lisick.
This show is curated by Diane Delp and Penelope Starr. 
Their NEW venue:
The Screening Room, 
127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, December 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


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

EVTOT - Guild Meeting
Saturday -December 13th ~ 10am - Noon

December is when we elect a New Board for the coming year. If you are interested in being on the Board, or want to nominate someone, contact Laura Rutherford, President.

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!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

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Personal Intro to Story Can Help Bridge Gap

Perhaps you should read the article and blog referenced below before looking at this tip.

Done? OK, here goes.

Not ready to go full blown on incorporating a personal story into a traditional one? That's OK. You can still make a small link, and enhance your telling of a folktale or fairy tale.

Recently, I told the story of the Two Brothers. It's about their love for each other, and how they sacrifice their own gains to give to the other. Instead of merely beginning the story, I made a reference to my own family, I told of how I did not have any brothers, but did have two sisters. I spoke of how, in our early years, we had a great deal of sibling rivalry. Somehow, when we all got past the age of eighteen, we began to truly show our love for each other. To this day, we are all very close.

This type of personal intro can make an instant bridge and help you connect to the audience even before you start the story. It told the audience a little about me, helped them get in touch with their own feelings regarding family, and set up the premise of the story about two loving brothers.

So, before your story, tell your story.

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Laura Packer's Blog - Traditional vs. Personal
Laura Packer has done an excellent job of discussing the differences between traditional and personal narratives in this edifying blog. Click here to read the blog.

This piece is a great PRIMER on storytelling and the two genres! Laura gives us great perspectives on both types of tales and, in the end, asks us not to draw a line in the sand between the two, but perhaps build a bridge instead. SHe has an example of her doing that within the blog. Well done!
Here are links to two of our own tellers (I still consider Cassie "our own") here in the Valley who have also juxtaposed these genres in one tale, with great success:
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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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