Monday - December 3, 2018
Issue # 343

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 is December!

                      It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.

                                              Sarah Kay, Poet & Spoken Word Artisit

New ONLINE VIRTUAL Storytelling Guild & Open Mic

The ZOOM Virtual Storytelling Guild We invite you to the new Virtual Storytelling Guild sponsored and hosted by Northeast Storytelling. The entire guild is online and we hope that it will include participants from all over the US and the World. We can all learn from each other!

We are storytellers who are interested in sharing stories, learning about storytelling, and enjoying peer feedback. We welcome tellers of traditional tales, historical stories, personal stories, stories with music, stories with puppets, rhymed stories, improv stories, crankies, and more. We invite you to sign in individually or to invite friends to join you for a storytelling party. Join us to tell a story, to discuss story techniques, etc. or just to listen to some great tales.

Our schedule as we begin this

Guild includes slots for five tellers, plus extra places for our “in the wings” tellers.
Each teller with a reserved spot will be assigned a 15-minute slot, which will typically look like this:
First teller (15 minutes) Story 10 min Optional Peer feedback and discussion 5 min
If the teller does not wish feedback, we will move on to the next teller.

One 20 minute slot will be available by request and however many five-ten minute slots we have time for.
It will be important for tellers who wish to reserve a slot to email one of the coordinators in advance to let us know to hold you a place. We will sign up the slots in the order in which we receive requests. If you wish to be on the waiting list, we will accept tellers to fill whatever time we have. For each meeting there will be a challenge subject to use for inspiration in selecting a tale you wish to tell. Stories not related to the challenge topic or works in progress will be welcomed as well. In the first two meetings, we will be trying out several different time frames.

The most popular slot and the agreed procedures will be decided by the group members. We expect the initial meetings to be for two hours via ZOOM video conference. If you wish to be part of one (or both) of the trial groups, please email Hope Lewis and/or Cris Riedel directly by December 1st, 2018. You can join us at the last minute, of course, but it would be helpful for us to have your name and email address.

Please Contact Us:
Hope Lewis: Hope3944@gmail.com
Cris Riedel: crisriedel05@gmail.com

Here are the dates and times of the initial VSG meetings:

Wednesday, December 5th, 7:00PM EST
Challenge topic: Surprise!

Saturday, December 8th, 2:00PM EST
Challenge topic: Enchantment

Looking forward to hearing from you!

2019 New Voices Application - Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

Go from New Voices 2019 to Featured Performer 2020

The Call for the 5th Annual New Voices is open for the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, April 26-28, in Woodruff. SC.

The New Voices event was created to give rising, professional-level storytellers the opportunity to be on the main stage and a chance to be selected as a Featured Teller for the following year’s Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. The festival committee will select 2020 Featured Tellers from 2019 New Voices. 

Applicant requirements:
  • Only professional-level storytellers who have never told as a featured teller at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival may share stories in the New Voices events.
  • Submit an audio and/or video sample of your storytelling.
  • Perform a festival-quality story that is no more than 10 minutes long.
  • Submit a completed application and samples of stories.
  • Selected New Voices will come to the festival at their own expense, with no monetary compensation. You will, however, receive free admission to all festival activities. 
Think ahead! Do you have a collection of stories to perform at the 2020 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival if selected to return as a featured teller. Yes! Then you’re ready to take a whirl and experience the magic of New Voices.  
Email donnatellsstories@gmail.com for more information and an application form. 
Applications Due: December 15. 

New Voices Northlands Confabulation Scholarships

Conference Scholarships to Northlands' Confabulation!
Madison, WI - April 26-28, 2019

Northlands Storytelling Network is offering “New Voices” Conference Scholarships to anyone 18 years and older who is new to storytelling and is interested in improving their skills and/or using storytelling in their respective fields.

Recipients of the scholarships will be paired with others at the conference who will act as guides and resources during the conference. Up to four scholarships may be awarded. Members of the Northlands Scholarship Committee will judge applications and determine scholarship winners. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Who May Apply:

• Adults ages 18 year and older, interested in using storytelling in their respective fields, i.e., education, psychology, museum education, environmental education, healing arts, law, religion, business, theater, freelance storytelling, library services, etc. • Recipients may only receive the scholarship twice within a five-year period. Winners Receive: • Free conference registration. • 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) shared lodging with another scholarship recipient. • Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner (complimentary breakfast at hotel)

• Membership to Northlands Storytelling Network for one year. Additional Requirements: • Must provide own transportation to/from conference.
• Meet with the New Voices coordinator and other scholarship recipients over breakfast Saturday morning. Application:

Please provide the following information:
• Name, Address, City, State, Zip
• Telephone Numbers (home and cell)
• Email Address
• Employer/Job Title
• Year of Birth
• Answer the following questions:
   1. How did you hear about the New Voices Scholarship?
   2. Why are you interested in attending the Northlands Storytelling Conference?
   3. Have you ever received a Northlands Scholarship? If so, in what year?
   4. Have you ever attended a regional or national storytelling conference?
       If so, in what year and the name of the conference?
   5. Describe your experience with storytelling and/or story listening.
   6. How can storytelling be used in your present or desired line of work?

Email your application to: northlands.storytelling@gmail.com List “Scholarship” in subject line

Application Must be Received by: January 31, 2019 


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This Week


Storyrise - Workshop & Concert!

Thursday, December 6th - 6:00 pm
Goodyear Branch Library
14455 W. Van Buren C-101, Goodyear

Sean Buvala presents StoryRise - A workshop and a concert.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: How to Be On Stage and Not Blow It
Workshop: What is stage presence? Why do I need to know anything about it? Oh, wait, the audience can't even hear me? We will together take you through all the basics about how to speak (regardless of your content) and own the stage and not be overpowering to the audience. Come to learn what you don't know about how to be relaxed no matter how nervous you are. We're gonna practice, too.

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm: Tales of Light and Flame
Free outdoor storytelling performance. Dress warmly. Curated show with storytellers including Harriet Cole, Cynthia Wheeler, Karen Fincher, Sean Buvala, and others. A performance for adults and mature teens. 

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Mortified

Thursday December 6th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:  Mortified

Curated by Ethel Lee-Miller
$10 General / $7 Students
7-9pm Doors open at 6:30

Open mouth, insert foot. Worst dreams come true. Mishaps, mistakes, misunderstandings, and misadventures. Come join us as our storytellers share true stories of occasions in which they were absolutely MORTIFIED

Storytellers include:
Bobby Low
Chad Conelly
Mark McMahon
Scott bolhack
Steven Braun
Troy Larkin

Click here for details & info

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, December 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


The Moth - Instincts
Wednesday - December 20th, 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Theme: Instincts

Prepare a five-minute tale involving your animal instincts. Tell us about your intuition or sixth sense, a premonition or other intangible instruction from your deep down insides. Spidey sense, bar room brawls, or the hunch that leads you to a great sublet or away from a traffic jam.
Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

$10 - Advance purchase recommended
More info & tickets

Arizona Storytellers Project - Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday December 19th - Arizona Biltmore 
Thursday December 20th - Arizona Biltmore 

TWO NIGHTS of Holiday Spectacular

On this night, we celebrate the stories that unite our communities, faiths and families. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of holiday cookies, cocoa and tales in the beautiful Grand Ballroom.

Megan Finnerty, Director of the Storytellers Brand Studio and founder of the Storytellers Project.
Kaila White, Reporter for the Arizona Republic

Ernesto Ortiz
Anwar Newton
Joe Finnerty
Elizabeth Montgomery
Teresa Strasser

South Mountain Aglow
Saturday - December 22 -5:30 pm -9:30 pm
South Mountain Environmental Education Canter
10409 S. Central Ave - 
Phoenix AZ 85042

Once again, we light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, featuring artwork from local youth, with entertainers, food trucks, and a vendor market for last minute gifts!

FREE for all ages!
This year, for Storytelling, we're going to be gathering around an actual fire to tell our stories! The theme for the stories is going to be "Don't let the Light Go Out" with the usual time parameters of between 5 and 10 minutes. We're pretty informal -- no master of ceremonies, just a "who wants to tell next" approach. If you are interested in telling a story or two at this event let either Phyllis Ralley pralley@msn.com or Harriet Cole hcdove@gmail.com 


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What's in Your Pocket? Ornaments and Tinsel?

It's the Holiday season, and more than other times of the year, this is when you should be MOST prepared to tell a story. Here's a reprint of a tip from back in 2013, but still relevant.

If you need a story for a particular holiday or event, I recommend Karen Langford Chace's Catch the Storybug Blog. It is searchable. Click here to see the results page from a search for Christmas. There's a lot of info on Christmas...and a LOT of links to stories.

When you tell people you are a storyteller, what is their response? How do you respond back to them? Do they ask you "What kind of stories do you tell?" Then what do you say? Do you tell them a story? You should.
This exchange between storyteller and "potential listener" happens all the time. There's only one real way to let them in on what you do...tell them a story. What story should you tell? Well, if you only have a moment to capture their interest, it's clearly not the time to tell the legend of Gilgamesh - even if that is your favorite.
You need some "pocket" stories; short stories, no longer than one or two minutes. Sounds crazy, no? Something that will give them a glimpse of what you do. Keep it short, just enough to whet their appetite.
Have a few different ones so you can pick the most appropriate one to tell. Take one of your favorites and pare it down to just the essentials. Or choose a short fable or parable. Tell your story with all the gusto you have, as if you were telling the long version. Don't skimp on the emotion and characterizations. At the end of your story, you can always say, “There’s more to it than that…that’s just a taste!”
And this being the Holiday Season, it's quite appropriate to tell a simple holiday story. Who knows, you could get a storytelling gig just by telling one short but amazing story!
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TheSan Diego Connection

Eclipse "GIFTS," December 5th, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

Mindy Donner, Eric George Tauber, Jim Dieckmann, and Marilyn McPhie, tell traditional tales, literary works, and personal stories, at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, 2145 Fern Street, (Fern and Ivy) 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5
Eclipse website                                Event poster (.pdf)

Twisted Horn "The Longest Night," December 19th, 7pm, The Twisted Horn,7:00pm, Vista

Aunt Li-Anne hosts the Storytellers of San Diego's, 7-9:00pm, Twisted Horn Mead and Cider, 1042 La Miranda Ct., Vista, 92081, 21+, Donations
Twisted Horn website                       

Marilyn McPhie "The Perfect Gift," December 12th, 1:00-2:30pm, Lifelong Learning Center, La Mesa

5500 Grossmont Center Drl, Ste 269,  An OASIS event, information (619) 881-6262, $12, OASIS classes link

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, December 19th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library 

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE


Harlynne's website
Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, December 11th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Ghosts"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

No open mic in December, next January 23rd, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

 Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", December 6th, Rooted Kava Bar, Hillcrest, 7:00pm

Topic: "Holidays, Schmolidays"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

Rooted Kava Bar
1731 University Ave, (parking in back)
Long Story Short website


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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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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