January 12th Deadline to SAVE BIG ON 2015 NSN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION This Week -
Dan Hull's Storyline
Women Storytellers - Out of the Box
Winter's Light at Community Christian Church Coming Up -
Arizona Storytellers: Wintertime Tales
Lit Lounge Tips -
Scrambled Eggs with ... Zucchini? Tidbits -
Tiny Mini Stories from Dhara Kothari
January 12th Deadline to SAVE at NSN 2015
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 email@example.com:
Saturday - December 20th - 10am-Noon
Anne McDowell has organized another event: Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers. A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others. This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!
It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Sunday - December 21st - 7:00 pm
For the last seventeen Decembers, storytellers from different faith traditions gather together 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.
Arizona Storytellers: Wintertime Tales Monday - December 22nd
Join The Arizona Republic for a night of true stories told live celebrating crazy Christmases, wild winter wonderlands, harried Hanukkahs and more. From awkward gift giving, to traumatic tree decorating to merry misadventures, we got some of the season's best stories.
Featured tellers include storytelling coach Sean Buvala and Liz Warren, Director of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College.
The night of true stories told live is appropriate for those ages 12 and older. (Secrets will be revealed.) Full cash bar available, along with complimentary hot chocolate, festive cookies and desserts. Proceeds support Republic journalism training and education programs. Subscribers will receive complimentary glass of wine, draft beer or single-pour cocktail; upon registration, they'll get a ticket to exchange for the drink.
Registration begins at 6 p.m., stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. 2400 E Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016. 602-444-8770. Ticket purchase mandatory at tickets.azcentral.com.
The Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Friday - December 26th
The award-winning, highly-charged story-performing series where writers and performers share true stories fused together with live music. Featuring award-winning author and television writer on the popular series Transparent, Ali Liebegott, Slam Poet featured on Button Poetry, Joy Young; from The Second City to Comedy Central Stage, Jimmy Doyle; and more amazing performers will be revealed soon! Get your tickets now, because this event always sells out and fast!
Some years ago while visiting friends in England, I cooked them one of my favorite dishes, skirt steak. It's a cut of meat that I have always loved. That night, I happened to serve it with green peas and a side of rice. They loved it.
They loved it so much, that after I left, they made it once a week! And each week, they made it the very same way. Steak, peas and rice; no substitutions ... no changes. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but perhaps there is another metaphor here for storytelling.
Most of the time, especially when starting out, we tell a story, like having a piece of chicken, a piece of steak, a slice of ham, etc. No appetizer, no vegetables, no desert. As we progress, we learn how to add a small appetizer, a short intro that "sets the stage" or the mood for our story (read my tip from 11/24/15)
But what about changing up the entire dish? Perhaps sauté with a different spice; and a different side vegetable, quinoa instead of potatoes? A sweet desert like ice cream, or a savory ending, like a cheese plate? Get out of the rut of steak, peas and rice, make some small changes and spice things up a bit. Always remember that you must serve up food (and stories) that YOU like, and have a pretty good idea that your guests (or audience) will like too. And, oh yeah, make sure you've tested (practiced) your new recipe!
So ... instead of scrambled eggs with bacon ... try a little zucchini on the side!
Tiny Mini Stories from Dhara Kothari
Dhara Kothari is a storyteller from India. She has produced a series of what she calls, Tiny Mini Stories. They are quite delightful. Some are Zen-like and make you think. All are short "glimpses" of life. Here is one she posted at the very beginning of this year. See more of them here.
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