Monday - November 26, 2018
Issue # 342

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

Insight Landed on Mars...

Earth is still waiting.
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New ONLINE VIRTUAL Storytelling Guild & Open Mic

The ZOOM Virtual Storytelling Guild We invite you to the new Virtual Storytelling Guild sponsored and hosted by Northeast Storytelling. The entire guild is online and we hope that it will include participants from all over the US and the World. We can all learn from each other!

We are storytellers who are interested in sharing stories, learning about storytelling, and enjoying peer feedback. We welcome tellers of traditional tales, historical stories, personal stories, stories with music, stories with puppets, rhymed stories, improv stories, crankies, and more. We invite you to sign in individually or to invite friends to join you for a storytelling party. Join us to tell a story, to discuss story techniques, etc. or just to listen to some great tales.

Our schedule as we begin this

Guild includes slots for five tellers, plus extra places for our “in the wings” tellers.
Each teller with a reserved spot will be assigned a 15-minute slot, which will typically look like this:
First teller (15 minutes) Story 10 min Optional Peer feedback and discussion 5 min
If the teller does not wish feedback, we will move on to the next teller.

One 20 minute slot will be available by request and however many five-ten minute slots we have time for.
It will be important for tellers who wish to reserve a slot to email one of the coordinators in advance to let us know to hold you a place. We will sign up the slots in the order in which we receive requests. If you wish to be on the waiting list, we will accept tellers to fill whatever time we have. For each meeting there will be a challenge subject to use for inspiration in selecting a tale you wish to tell. Stories not related to the challenge topic or works in progress will be welcomed as well. In the first two meetings, we will be trying out several different time frames.

The most popular slot and the agreed procedures will be decided by the group members. We expect the initial meetings to be for two hours via ZOOM video conference. If you wish to be part of one (or both) of the trial groups, please email Hope Lewis and/or Cris Riedel directly by December 1st, 2018. You can join us at the last minute, of course, but it would be helpful for us to have your name and email address.

Please Contact Us:
Hope Lewis: Hope3944@gmail.com
Cris Riedel: crisriedel05@gmail.com

Here are the dates and times of the initial VSG meetings:

Wednesday, December 5th, 7;00PM EST
Challenge topic: Surprise!

Saturday, December 8th, 2:00PM EST
Challenge topic: Enchantment

Looking forward to hearing from you!

2019 New Voices Application - Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

Go from New Voices 2019 to Featured Performer 2020

The Call for the 5th Annual New Voices is open for the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, April 26-28, in Woodruff. SC.

The New Voices event was created to give rising, professional-level storytellers the opportunity to be on the main stage and a chance to be selected as a Featured Teller for the following year’s Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. The festival committee will select 2020 Featured Tellers from 2019 New Voices. 

Applicant requirements:
  • Only professional-level storytellers who have never told as a featured teller at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival may share stories in the New Voices events.
  • Submit an audio and/or video sample of your storytelling.
  • Perform a festival-quality story that is no more than 10 minutes long.
  • Submit a completed application and samples of stories.
  • Selected New Voices will come to the festival at their own expense, with no monetary compensation. You will, however, receive free admission to all festival activities. 
Think ahead! Do you have a collection of stories to perform at the 2020 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival if selected to return as a featured teller. Yes! Then you’re ready to take a whirl and experience the magic of New Voices.  
Email donnatellsstories@gmail.com for more information and an application form. 
Applications Due: December 15. 
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This Week


The Moth - Beginnings

Wednesday - November 28th, 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Theme: Beginnings

Prepare a five-minute story about a beginning. Dawn, step one, day one, birth or re-birth. Initiations and inaugurations. Tabula rasa. A new leaf, a new loft, a puppy, a job, parole. New car smell. A makeover so magical your own mama don't know you! Quantum hops, burning and building bridges, cleaning house, pulling up roots or a fresh coat of paint. Your nouveau reach. A blank sheet of paper...
Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

$10 - Advance purchase recommended
More info & tickets

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, December 1st, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
At the Harmony Meeting Room:
1200 N Eldorado Place, Suite B-200 in Tucson

Greetings Tellers of Tales Friends of Storytelling!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving with stories to share around the table? 
BE INSPIRED! Come to the next Tellers of Tales meeting for an opportunity for you to hear some delightful tales and/or to tell your favorite story about wild cooking endeavors, culinary mayhem or fantastic food masterpieces
More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 235-4171 

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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday,December 1st ~ 10am - Noon
St. John's Lutheran Church
7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon. 
First hour: Business Meeting
Second Hour: Storytelling

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


Saturday, December 1st - 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Glendale Civic Center
5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, Arizona 85301

StoryFest is produced in partnership with South Mountain Community College's Storytelling Institute, the Arizona Storytellers Project, and the Arizona Republic.

Main Stage Storytellers

Family and Friends 2:15 to 3:10 p.m. (4 storytellers)

Home 3:15 to 4:10 p.m. (4 storytellers)

Featured author 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Food 5:00 to 5:55 p.m. (4 storytellers)

Giving & Receiving 6:00 to 6:50 p.m. (4 storytellers)
$10 for adults - Free to 12 & under

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Coming Up


Storyrise - Workshop & Concert!
Thursday, December 6th - 6:00 pm
Goodyear Branch Library
14455 W. Van Buren C-101, Goodyear

Sean Buvala presents StoryRise - A workshop and a concert.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: How to Be On Stage and Not Blow It
Workshop: What is stage presence? Why do I need to know anything about it? Oh, wait, the audience can't even hear me? We will together take you through all the basics about how to speak (regardless of your content) and own the stage and not be overpowering to the audience. Come to learn what you don't know about how to be relaxed no matter how nervous you are. We're gonna practice, too.

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm: Tales of Light and Flame
Free outdoor storytelling performance. Dress warmly. Curated show with storytellers including Harriet Cole, Cynthia Wheeler, Karen Fincher, Sean Buvala, and others. A performance for adults and mature teens. 

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Mortified
Thursday December 6th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:  Mortified

Curated by Ethel Lee-Miller
$10 General / $7 Students
7-9pm Doors open at 6:30

Open mouth, insert foot. Worst dreams come true. Mishaps, mistakes, misunderstandings, and misadventures. Come join us as our storytellers share true stories of occasions in which they were absolutely MORTIFIED

Storytellers include:
Bobby Low
Chad Conelly
Mark McMahon
Scott bolhack
Steven Braun
Troy Larkin

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East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, December 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
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South Mountain Aglow
Saturday - December 22 -5:30 pm -9:30 pm
South Mountain Environmental Education Canter
10409 S. Central Ave - 
Phoenix AZ 85042

Once again, we light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, featuring artwork from local youth, with entertainers, food trucks, and a vendor market for last minute gifts!

FREE for all ages!
This year, for Storytelling, we're going to be gathering around an actual fire to tell our stories! The theme for the stories is going to be "Don't let the Light Go Out" with the usual time parameters of between 5 and 10 minutes. We're pretty informal -- no master of ceremonies, just a "who wants to tell next" approach. If you are interested in telling a story or two at this event let either Phyllis Ralley pralley@msn.com or Harriet Cole hcdove@gmail.com 


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What's Your Light in the Window?

I'm a huge fan of Maxfield Parrish, who was one of America's most prolific illustrators. Some of you may be familiar with his most famous illustration, Daybreak:

Parish did illustrations for magazines like Life and Collier's. He spent some time here in the southwest, and that influence can be seen in many of his illustrations of the shimmering light on mountains.

Parish did not use paints. instead, he used translucent "glazes" that he mixed himself. He was adamant about how his work was reproduced, and even had his printer lay down the ink in the same order of "layers" in which he used his glazes. He painted many winter evening or nighttime landscapes like the one below.

One apocryphal story is that Parish painted a winter landscape for use in a calendar. When it was finished, he sent it to the publisher. After a few days, the publisher sent it back to Parish with the brief and unspecific message, "It needs something." 
Parish set the painting on his easel and stared at it intently. After some time, he lifted a small brush and grabbed a small bit of yellow from his palette. He leaned forward and put the tiniest dot of yellow "glowing light" in one of the windows and sent the painting back to his publisher. THAT was what the panting needed! From that day on, when Parish would do a landscape, he always put a light in at least ONE window.
What is it that makes YOUR stories bright, warm, homey, welcoming, vibrant, dancing, laughing, alive?
What is that one tiny dot of light that your story (or all of your stories) might need?
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         Storytellers (and Listeners) Come Along and Join the Fun!

Start Planning Now for Next Summer!

Yes, it's happening again. Pam and I are planning the 2019 Historical/Hysterical Scotland-Ireland-England Storytelling Tour. This year, in addition to Ireland and England, we're headed to Edinburgh, Scotland. We'll visit the Edinburgh Storytelling Center and experience the rich tradition of storytelling in Scotland! 
More about our trip here!

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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

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 - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
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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