Monday - November 27, 2017
Issue # 290

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

          It's Cyber Monday - Hey, let's be careful out there!

Mazel Tov!

On November 18th, Mark Compton and Makoto Miyamae tied the knot after a relationship of 19 years! It was a joyous wedding ceremony, presided over by Sandy Oglesby. Friends Joyce Story and Mark Goldman offered up stories for the happy couple. Congratulations and wishes for a long and happy union. L'chaim!


P.S. The day was also Sandy's wedding anniversary!

What's Wanting?

An old English expression meaning "What do you need?" That's' what I want to know, concerning storytelling.

I am planning a workshop gathering for the beginning of the year, sometime in January. I want to present what you need, so much like a build-a-bear experience, let me know what's wanting.

  • Information on a specific topic?
  • How do I _____ in a story?
  • How can I do better at ___________?
  • I need coaching on a piece.
  • How can I find better language to use in a story?
  • How can I make my story come alive?
  • What can I do with my hands/arms/body?

Just a few examples. Let me know what you would like to have in a workshop. How long? Half-day, full-day?

Click HERE to E-mail me with your wants and needs for a workshop.

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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - New Veterans' Narratives

Monday - 11/27/17 - 7:00 pm
Crescent Ballroom

Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a very special night of young veterans telling stories about their lives before, during and after their service.
Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Kyle Mitchell, U.S. Army veteran from the Navajo Nation.
Featured tellers:
Corey Harris 
Dennis Wagner
More TBA
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com.

Info & Tickets

Historias del taller escritura creativa en español PARTE 2

Friday - December 1st - 7 pm - 9 Pm
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore
1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

First Friday, December 1, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Palabras Bilingual Bookstore will host a public reception with the participants of a Spanish-language creative writing workshop series led by local writer Ofelia Montelongo and sponsored by the Arts Commission's AZ ArtWorker initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Montelongo and her students will read works developed during their eight weeks learning together.

Readings will be mostly in Spanish.

Tucson Tellers of Tales - NO Guild Meeting in December

Just a reminder - There will NOT be a regular meeting in December!

For more information about the TOT December gathering, contact
Glenda Bonin, TOT Secretary, (520) 235-4171

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers - NO MEETING in December

No Meeting in December

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

Tales of Fire and Ice: Myths, Legends, and Epics of Iceland

Saturday - December 2nd - 11:00 AM & Sunday @ 11:00AM
Musical Instrument Museum

Join teller Harriet Cole as she tells stories from the Icelandic tradition during "Experience Scandinavia" at the MIM.

NOTE! Harriet will be telling both Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am

The $20 cost of admission includes the storytelling, as well as the wonders of the MIM there will be Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Nordic Jazz and more.

Storyfind at SMCC - The Christmas Story – A Time, A Place Long, Long Ago

Saturday - December 2nd, 2017 ~ 1PM - 3PM
SMCC Pac 739
with Sylvia Torrey

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute. The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College. 
How did this happen? How could it be? The teenager had no idea. She only knew what she had been told. Yet deep down in her heart she composed and she sang the Magnificat.
Join Sylvia in a workshop dedicated to exploring and understanding the ultimate Bible story.
Sylvia Torrey is a Wisdom-Biblical Storyteller. She began telling biblical stories to the youth groups who were under her tutelage, and from there to the adults. Having heard stories routinely from her father, she was no stranger to the art or storytelling. After an undergraduate education in nursing, and a graduate degree in divinity, Sylvia was introduced to the Storytelling Institute of South Mountain Community College. Her cumulative talents, forged through experience as a registered nurse and as an ordained minister, have found expression here. Sylvia has performed at various venues in Arizona and Ohio. She has also taught Storytelling courses at the Institute and other MCCCD locations. Not neglecting the family tradition of storytelling, she frequently tells to her two daughters, and three granddaughters.

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Coming Up


More Than Speaking - Workshop
Monday - December 5th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MyOffice Business Suites
14050 N 83rd Ave Suite 290, Peoria, AZ 85381

Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Tuesday December 5th. Sean Buvala will be conducting another fantastic 3-hour workshop on More Than Speaking!

Take This Workshop and You Will be Able To:

  • Stop “Elevator-Speeching” and Actually Communicate,
  • Grow Your Business (Whatever it is),
  • Speak With Clarity,
  • Make Your Message First,
  • Create Compelling & Profitable Presentations,
  • Skyrocket Your Confidence,
  • Even Communicate Better with Your Family!

The fee is $97.
Sean packs so much in his workshops, and you always come away with a huge collection of skills and ideas!

Here's the link for the workshop

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Tripping
Thursday, December 7th - 7:00 pm
The YWCA, Francis McClelland Community Center, 529 N. Bonita Ave.

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Tripping
Curated by Penelope Starr
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Tripping. Slipping. Falling. Crashing. Feeling the fool. Throwing caution to the wind and hitting the road. Is your mind open to new realities or do you shut down? Accidents happen. Wipe out with us. We promise not to point and laugh.

Tickets at the door. $8 Adults, $6 Students. Doors at 6:30.

Storytellers: Dick’s Mix creator, Richard Dooley; student and actor, Kuvaal Patel; writer and actor, Kim Lowry; travel writer, Pat Bean; nurse, Shannon Deady; and substance abuse counselor, Jillian LaCroix.

Odyssey Storytelling announces schedule & themes for 2018:
January 4- Memory
Feb 1- You Don’t Know Me
March 1 – Sidekicks
April 5 – Mythic
May 3 – Fake
June 7- Different
July 12 – Innuendo
August 2- Red Flags
Sept 6 – Branded
Oct 4 – Big Brother
Nov 1 – Dealbreakers
Dec 6 – Mortified 

Click here for details & info

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, December 9th ~ 10am - Noon
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!
Click here for details & info

Winter's Light - 20th Year!
Winter's Light at Community Christian Church
1701 S College Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
Sunday - December 17th - 7:30 pm

Stories of Light Entering Into the Darkness of our Lives

Community Christian Church keeps this tradition alive by presenting storytellers from diverse faith traditions who gather together each December to tell stories and light candles in a show of unity and hope. "Winter's Light" is a joyous, multi-cultural, inter-faith storytelling event for the holidays.

Click here for their Facebook page and a map

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Discovering Another "P"

Friend and colleague Layne Gneiting is a storyteller, adventurer and Leadership Trainer. Last week, he posted a request for suggestions about what to include in an Adventure Journal. Some suggested physical aspects, like a pocket for a pen or a pocket for ephemora (I had to look it up. it means: things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time, usually written or printed)

I had a few thoughts about what sections might be included. I thought about discovering the journey and the adventure. I wondered about the Five Ps ©Donald Davis: People; Place; Problem; Progress and Point. This is one way to look at the essential elements of story. I thought these might apply to an Adventure Journal I replied to Layne with these possible prompts or sections:

    Who were the people you met? Describe them. What were they like? What did you discover?

    Where were you? Describe the place(s). What was it like? What did you discover?

    Was there a problem? More than one? Rate the difficulty. How did you deal with it?
    What did you discover?

    What was the progress of this part of the journey/adventure? Did you learn from a Mentor?
    How did you change? What did you discover?

    What are your thoughts about today? What were the highlights/lowlights? What did you discover?

As I reviewed these, I thought - something's missing. Then I realized that these, and even Campbell's Hero structure focus mostly on the problem and how to overcome it. They were lacking something: happiness, delights, joy - PLEASURE - Perhaps a sixth "P".

Storytellers often describe the joys or delights of the protagonist, but I have never seen it stated as an essential or important element to include in a story. So, I am suggesting that storytellers add this P to the list. At least as an element to consider. 

    What made you (your protagonist) happy; smile; joyful; want to dance or sing?
    What was the tiniest, seemingly insignificant thing that gave you 
(your protagonist) pleasure?
    What did you 
(your protagonist) discover?

This is not so much a new piece of the structure or flow of a story, but I think it is an essential component of story that as tellers, we should be aware of and consider.

STORYTELLERS - I Invite your thoughts in the comment section below.

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In Space - Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid
One of my all time favorites. Makes me laugh!

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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

Chatterbox Open 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

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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