Monday, December 8, 2014
Issue # 137

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Newsletter Contents

News -
         Friday Deadline to SAVE BIG ON 2015 NSN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
         Books On Sale for the Holidays
         Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
This Week -
         EVTOT Guild Meeting
Coming -
         Dan Hull's Storyline
         Women Storytellers - Out of the Box
         --- and MORE December Events
Tips -
         Branding - Just a Thought
Tidbits -
        NSN Blog Features AZ Tellers

January 12 Deadline to SAVE at NSN 2015

(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

The form is available at:
http://www.storynet.org/conference/index.html (right side of the screen).

FOUR DAYS LEFT for Parkhurst Brothers BOOK SALE

Great Holiday Gifts for A Friend - or Yourself!

Buy two or more books BEFORE December 12th (THIS FRIDAY) 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 Russell has opened a new season of "Stories and Songs" at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

He will be telling stories and playing his flute through March 21, 2015.

Gather at The Fire Pit at 6:00pm.  This is a free event and open to the public.  

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This Week


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

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Coming Up


Dan Hoen Hull Hosts Storyline
Friday, December 19th
Valley teller and MC Dan Hoen Hull hosts The Storyline, a monthly storytelling concert that is funny, inspiring, motivating, gripping and always living!

Every Third Friday - 10:30 at Space 55.
This month's theme: A Winter's Tale.

For more information

Women Storytellers
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.
Click here for details

Plus ... Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming December Events:

  • Every Wednesday - Yarnball Storytelling
  • 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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Branding - Just a Thought

Do you recognize the storyteller "brands" at the right?

It starts out with a simple question, "What are you going to wear when you tell?" Will it be something completely different each time? Something similar? The SAME thing?

"Branding" is a word that has been in the business lexicon for quite some time now. We are all familiar with graphic logo branding like Apple Computer, The Pillsbury Doughboy, the Nike Swoosh. These logos make the brands "recognizable" and differentiate them from other businesses in the same line of service or product. So, what about branding yourself as a storyteller?

It's not absolutely necessary, but it could be something to think about. Some storytellers brand with a name, like Granny Sue (Susanna Connelly Holstein). Tellers like Donna Washington and Baba Jamal Koran wear clothes representing and connecting them to their heritage.

It's certainly not necessary. And although many tellers speak of wearing dark or muted clothing so as not to distract from their stories, most tellers do not use their clothes as a "brand". Do you have a "persona" as a teller? Is this something you brand or project every time you tell? Or maybe not. It's OK to just tell. You don't need to put yourself in a specific category and stick to it. It's just a thought...something to get you thinking about who/what you are as a teller.

And what are those brands at the right?
Donald Davis' bow tie
Bil Lepp's Baseball cap (and usually a T-shirt)
And yours truly, with the vest I have been wearing for close to a year now.

There are other ways to brand yourself, like Doug Lipman, The Storytellers' Coach; or Sean Buvala, Executive Speakers' Coach (and one-stop shopping for all your storytelling needs).

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NSN Blog Features AZ Tellers and MORE
The National Storytelling Network (OUR Storytelling Association) is featuring some of the Arizona tellers performing at last summer's conference. This month, Sandy Oglesby's great tale of having to deal (over the phone) with her daughter's travails in Paris! It's a funny, poignant story of "I'm Not In Charge!"

And don't forget to check out the blog regularly for other AZ Teller stories, and very interesting articles and tales by tellers from around the world!
Click here for the blog

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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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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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