Monday, December 21, 2015
Issue # 191

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

                 The Happiest of Holidays to All!


Storytelling Tour of England - It Costs Less Than You Think!

                            IT'S HAPPENING! - ONLY 3 SLOTS LEFT!

               If you are even slightly interested - let me know ASAP!

                        The cost is about $2480 including airfare!

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 I'm about to EXTEND THE TOUR TO TEN DAYS!

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!

NSN Oracle Awards

Nominations for all Oracle Awards are due March 1, 2016. That's only TEN WEEKS AWAY! Now is the time to get going! Nominations can be done WITH or WITHOUT the nominee's knowledge.
The NSN ORACLE Award Categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Circle of Excellence, Regional Excellence, Distinguished National Service, Talking Leaves, International StoryBridge, and Regional Service & Leadership. 
Do you know an individual who might be deserving of one of the Oracle Awards? Nominations come from NSN members like YOU! The awards for Regional Excellence and Regional Service & Leadership are of special importance as YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE in your enclave of tellers!
Is there someone YOU know that has gone above and beyond in serving their storytelling community? It's up to YOU to nominate them. All nominations require a nomination form, narrative addressing qualifications, and three letters of support.
If you have any questions, call Karin Hensley: 800-525-4514 x 303
For nomination forms and full details, go to http://www.storynet.org/oracle/index.html


NSN Conference 2016 - Pre-Earlybird Special Pricing!

The 2016 NSN Storytelling Conference will once again be held in Kansas City, July 21-24, 2016. The theme for the conference is "Spotlight on Storytelling". The Conference Committee is reviewing all proposals, and presenters and workshops will be announced soon. 

NOW is the time to start making arrangements! Register for the 2016 National Storytelling Conference by January 12, 2016, and save $10 off the early-bird price. By registering early, you may elect to pay in 6 monthly installments January through June 2016. The best deal you will get!
Click here for the registration form

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Holiday Spectacular!

Monday - December 21st

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona in the McArthur Ballroom at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria resort, for a night of stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and all the wintertime adventures we carry in our hearts. 

Liz Warren, director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute 
Featured Storytellers:      
Fox Restaurant Concepts Beverage Director Mat Snapp
Assistant Rabbi/Educator at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Rabbi Jason Bonder
Tempe Christian Community Church pastor Doug Bland
Writer and Moth Storyslam winner Molly McCloy
Professional storyteller and Army Ranger Kyle Mitchell 
Writer Joe Finnerty (No relation to Megan!)
Important notes about this event:
This venue is to the far West of the property, in the convention area, not in the main resort building.
Self-park is adjacent to the Ballroom.
This night is best for children who understand the complexities of the holidays. 
Hot chocolate and fabulous holiday cookies will be served as our Christmas present to you. Full cash bar. (No dinner.)
Post-show cocktail party in the Mystery Room (a secret speakeasy) with an Arizona Biltmore Instagram photo challenge. The winner gets a free night's stay at the Arizona Biltmore!
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.
For more details & Tickets

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That Moment When...

You remember it. The memory is as clear as if it happened yesterday. It could have been yesterday; it could have been a long time ago. But you can see it, it's like a movie in your head. That moment when...

We all have those "moments" that are significant in our lives. Perhaps it's one of those firsts or lasts, pivotal moments that make or mark a change in our life path.

There are many such moments in Frank Capra's holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. Like many of us, Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey experiences ups, downs and challenges that continually test his character.

Watch how Capra captures the nervousness, the doubt, the internal conflict of both characters in this "love" scene between Stewart and Donna Reed. Their subtle expressions, breathing and hesitations set against the fast talking dialogue on the other end of the phone are powerful images.

What if you were to tell this story? How would you do it? What words and language would you use to describe what is going on? What body movements and facial expressions would show us what is happening? How would you use your breathing and voice and eyes to help us see the images for ourselves?

Now think of one of your own "moments". Maybe it's not a love scene, or an earth shattering incident in your life, but it was important to you. It was a moment you will never forget. The memory is crystal clear in your mind.

Now tell us about that moment when...

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Coloring Books - Not Just for Kids
Christmas is just a few days away.

There's a new/old trend making the rounds for adults these days - coloring books. Yes, that's right. Remember when you were younger? Remember the struggle to "stay within the lines"?

Well struggle no more. Researches tell us that coloring books can help adults relax and relieve tension and stress. They can help us tap into our creative side, and allow us to just have fun!

Michelle Buvala (wife of storyteller Sean Buvala) has created two new coloring books: one with Christmas images and one that features Icons of Storytelling

Check out their website, Small-Tooth-Dog-Publishing, which has TONS of imformation, and also highlights their wonderful new picture book, Apples for the Princess

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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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