Monday, November 9, 2015
Issue # 185

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

                                     Wednesday is Veteran's Day
              Please take a moment to thank those who have served our country.

                                                       and read the article in Tidbits below

NSN Auction - - ONLY 3 MORE DAYS!

The National Storytelling Network Auction is only available for THREE MORE DAYS! 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

Storytelling Tour of England - THIS SUMMER!

       For three years, I have wanted to conduct a Storytelling Tour of England
                                        NOW IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING!

Space is LIMITED. I can only take 12 people
And I already have 4 students signed up!

After having bicycled England for four summers, I am finally organizing this Storytelling Workshop Tour for the summer of 2016. If you love to tell stories, talk about stories, craft stories, have fun and see the sights with friends, then this tour is for you. The plan is to spend eight days touring these iconic sites, but don't panic, this tour is on trains and busses, not bikes, so anyone can come and enjoy. Listeners, spouses, partners and friends are welcome too!

The tour and workshops will be lead by me and my friend and colleague, Colorado Storyteller Pam Faro.

Click here for all the details!

The Valley Losing Story

Our community will soon be losing Story... Joyce Story that is.

One of the mainstays of our storytelling community will be moving to Florida in late December to be near her family. We will certainly miss her melodious voice and her original stories of the Sonoran Desert. Did you know that Joyce has also written two books? Did you know that she is fluent in French, Russian, Polish and Spanish?

Thanks, Joyce, for letting us know all the marvelous things about the different flora and fauna of the desert! Our loss is Florida's gain. You will be missed!

The Arizona Republic recently wrote about Joyce. Read the article here.

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This Week


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. 17, 11 a.m.


Thursday - November 12 - 6:00 PM
Celebrating the grand opening of their new Performing Arts Center, Estrella Mountain Community College Storytelling students tell folktales, myths, legends and personal tales from a wide range of cultures.
Free and open to students and the community. No tickets required in advance. 
Location Details
Estrella Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center
3000 North Dysart Road
Avondale AZ 85.92 US

Stew and Stories

Friday, November 13 - 5:30 PM - SMCC Student Union

The Last Two-Saturday Class Starts Nov. 14

The final Two-Saturday course for the year at SMCC Storytelling Institute:

Storytelling in Business Settings (STO289AB): 11/14/2015 & 11/21/2015

The ability to craft and tell stories is an essential in the toolkit of every business person, entrepreneur, and leader.  Storytelling is the current buzzword in advertising, and entrepreneurial circles because of its power to engage and inform listeners and clients. In this class you will learn the basics of finding, crafting and telling stories and then adapting them to meet a range of applications.  Taught by Storytelling Institute Director, Liz Warren.

This is a 1-credit class that packs a lot of information into two days!
The fees are VERY affordable at just under $100. 
To register, call the registration office at SMCC - 602.243.8330
Click here for the SMCC class listings


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

Join the West Side Story Tellers for this great celebration all-day Saturday!

Click here for map

AZ Storytellers: Food and Family

Sunday, November 15th - Pedal Haus - Phoenix
Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona under the stars at Pedal Haus for a night of stories about families, food and the ways these two things often come together to shape us. (DRESS WARMLY; we'll be outside!)

Featured Storytellers:
Poet Joy Young 
Cooking show host and cookbook author Barbara Fenzl 
Arizona State University professor Kathy Nakagawa 
Chef and entrepreneur Aaron May of LTB Concepts
Entrepreneur and actor John Genette 
Author and essayist Brad Snyder 
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


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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Turn Anything Into a Story

Contrary to the many statements about "everything is story" that are proliferating the internet, "Everything is NOT a story... but it could be."

Every day, we see and hear people, animals, objects, ideas, concepts etc. If one really thinks about it, all these things usually trigger emotions and memories for us. What if we were to be hyper-vigilant about all these things and ask ourselves, "Where does that fit for me? Do I have a story connected with that; a story that would stand up to all the criteria for storytelling?"

Here is a video that came across my Facebook page from a friend of a friend or a friend. It's a great little piece about what advice our "older" selves might give to our "younger" selves. Not only is it a great video, but it lends itself to what I am talking about.

First of all, the premise is one that is timeless regarding "I wish I had known that..." Second of all, listen to each of the individual statements. Are there pieces of your life that you can relate to? Perhaps you could craft a story about that. Or even a few short stories could become a "string of pearls".

Wait for the 93 year old. Priceless!

By the way... for my deaf students...the video is captioned!

And for ALL of my current GCC STUDENTS...
Watch the video. Then write a one-page (at least) (single spaced) story about one piece of advice YOU would give to your younger self. E-mail me a Word document by noon, November 24th. I will grant up to ten extra credit points!

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Battle Marks Veteran's Stories in Ink
Joseph Swaba, Communications Professor at Gateway Community College has helped the college put together an amazing project and website.

Battle Marks is about veterans, their families and their stories. Many videos of these courageous souls and the tattoos they proudly bare as battle marks. The "ink" tells their stories, and represents the love, fears, trials and triumphs of both those who served, and their loved ones.

It is only fitting as Veteran's Day is Wednesday, that we honor these men and women. Gateway College has stepped up to spearhead this project, and to support and assist the brave defenders of our country.

Please take a few minutes to visit this groundbreaking site to hear and see these heartfelt stories.


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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?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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