Monday, December 1, 2014
Issue # 136

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

Newsletter Contents

News -
         NSN - Interim Director Sought
         Books On Sale for the Holidays
This Week -
         Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Moving Their Venue
         Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
         Myths and Folktales of Norway with Harriet Cole
Coming -
         EVTOT Guild Meeting
         More December Events
Tips -
          December - The Best Month for People Watching
Tidbits -
         Another Reason Belle Should NOT Marry Gaston!

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.

Books for The Holidays!

Buy two or more books BEFORE December 12th and get 20% off PLUS FREE SHIPPING!

In addition to these new titles, click here for the full catalogue - From Parkhurst Brothers

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

You must E-mail me for details on this discount 

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass

Local teller and flute player Loren Russel opens a new season of "Stories and Songs" at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

He starts this Thursday, December 4th and continues on through March 21, 2015.

Gather at The Fire Pit at 6:00pm.  This is a free event and open to the public.  
Click here for details & info

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This Week


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

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Coming Up


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

Mark Your Calendars for These Other December Events:

  • Every Wednesday - Yarnball Storytelling
  • Friday - Dec. 19th - Storyline
  • Saturday - Dec 20th - Oouit of the Box Women's Telling
  • Sunday - Dec 21st Winter's Light at Tempe CCC
  • Monday - Dec 22nd AZ Rep Live Storytelling - Holiday Tales at The Biltmore
  • Friday - Dec. 26th - Lit Lounge


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December - The Best Month for People Watching

And story crafting!

I am a people watcher. I love to observe people in their "natural habitat" doing what they do; whether at the grocery store, airport, in a shopping mall, wherever! It's kind of like your own, personal, "Candid Camera." If you watch long enough, you will see and hear people exhibiting both strange and amazing behaviors. And you just might see something that could turn into an anecdote, a "snippet" of a story, an intro into a story or even a full-blown slam-pleaser! The holiday season is GREAT for this!

You never know when a story might come along. So you always need to be ready and pay attention to the possibilities.

  • Standing in line at the grocery store
  • Waiting in the dentist's or doctor's office
  • Watching couples or families at the airport
  • That sales person who is trying to get you to buy
  • The tech support worker apologizing for the umpteenth time
  • A chance encounter with your "ex".

Any of these and more can be small anecdotes that might turn into full-scale stories. But you have to be hyper-vigilante in order to find incredible stories.

(Note: This tip is actually an example of "re-gifting" or "re-tipping" - from January 2013)

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Another Reason Belle Should NOT Marry Gaston!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday of each month - 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

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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All Newsletter content ©Mark Goldman
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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