Monday - February 11, 2019
Issue # 353

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Your're Invited!

Yes - You're invited to join Pam Faro and I next summer on our

Historical, Hysterical, Scotland, Ireland, England, Storytelling Tour!

This year we will spend 14 days on the ground, exploring Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge and many more iconic sites.

We'll all tell stories as we travel through the countryside and meet the locals who will tell stories to us!

Don't miss this great Vacation/Education/Storyfication! May 11th - May 26th.
More about our trip here!

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers Project - Romance... or Not

Wednesday February13th - Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating and downright crazy. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com as we explore stories about dating apps, true love and everything in between. 

Emcees:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Garrett Mitchell, journalist at The Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured Tellers:
Eva Jannotta
Josh Shore 
Parul Agrawal 
Kanu Jacobsen
Megan Finnerty and Vince Malouf

Storyline Slam - Crushing It

Friday - February 15 - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The lineup for The Storyline SLAM:
At least two names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. 
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door 

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Coming Up


The Moth - Love Hurts
Thursday - February 21, 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7


LOVE HURTS: Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love...or used to love. Love that "Hurts So Good" also welcome.
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

Storyfind - Body Language & Movement
Saturday - February 23rd 1;30 PM - 3:00 PM
SMCC - PAC 739

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute.
The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:00 in PAC-739
at South Mountain Community College.
This month:
Body Language and Movement for Storytelling with Travis May

Learn how to bring energy to your telling!

Click here for a college map:
CONTACT Liz Warren
(602) 243-8026
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Do Not Saw The Air Too Much With Your Hand

A reprint of a tip from September - 2016.

The quote above is from Hamlet's speech to the players, Act 3, scene 2. Only a fair instruction for using gestures.

I've been thinking a lot about gestures lately. My students have asked about them. I did a search and I was surprised to discover that I have never really had a tip about them before in depth. This is strange, as I believe they are a huge and integral part of telling.

The dictionary defines a gesture as:

A movement of your body (especially of your hands and arms) that shows or emphasizes an idea or a feeling.

Now, that covers a lot of ground! How does the beginning teller decide about gestures? If you look at the definition, you can reverse the process. You can ask yourself,

What movement of my body (or my hands and arms) would show or emphasize this specific idea or a feeling?

If I am talking about a bird flying up in the sky, I would probably look up - not just with my eyes, but with my head, and maybe even turn my body and shoulders upward to emphasize.

If I followed the flight of the bird across the sky until it landed on a nearby branch, I might use my hand and arm to indicate its path, ending with pointing at the exact point of the bird's destination. I might also show with my body, perhaps a small step or a lean backwards to show my surprise at how close the bird was to me now.

At this point, you may want to look at Sean Buvala's wonderful video about gestures. I have recommended it before. Sean speaks about the three elements of gesture: Intend, Activate and Linger. Also, look at the gestures Sean uses for the flight of the bird, and the piece of cheese falling to the ground. Then come back to the next paragraph and we'll talk a little more about gestures.

Sean's gesture for the flight of the bird was different than my suggestion, but that's OK. YOU must decide for yourself (perhaps with the help of a coach) what the best movements are to emphasize an idea or feeling.

I believe there is another part of using gestures that is important: It is that gestures start somewhere - go somewhere - linger (as Sean states) - and then usually come back to somewhere (resolve themselves).

Bill Harley says, "Relax, breathe, take a moment to find your home. This is what you will always come back to." This is usually your arms at your sides. For Sean, it is with his arms slightly bent at the elbows. In the second part of the video, Sean's "home" is with his forearms resting on the table. Most of the time, your gestures come back to (or resolve to) home. But sometimes, like when the fox snatches the cheese, one gesture morphs into the next. But as Sean says, it is still a conscious, intentional decision about what gesture one is using.

So first you must ask yourself what gesture will emphasize the idea or feeling; then, make a conscious decision to use it. Understand where it is coming from; where it is going; make it intentional; activate it; linger and then resolve it.

Rehearsal and practice is the place to "play" with different types of gestures until you get them "right" for your story.

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Laura Packer Crushes it - from A to Z!
Friend, colleague and storyteller extraordinaire Laura Packer has just come out with a new book on storytelling and it is #1 on the Amazon charts!

Laura Packer’s new book, "Audience to Zeal" delightfully covers subject areas of storytelling that we have all encountered, and many we have never even thought about.

This is a great thing for storytellers, to encounter concepts that keep us focused, constantly learning and on-our-toes. She covers “dialogue” and also “death” and not only “movement” but “monsters”.

She does this all with the knowledge and “tenderness” (another chapter) that separates her as a great coach and caring friend. Most chapters in this book are short, easy-to-read gems of knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of storytelling and story study.

This book is a clear treatise on storytelling, inspired by all the letters of the alphabet. A treasure for both beginners and seasoned tellers who may understand “blocks” but, perhaps, have never thought about how “baggage” affects their storytelling.

And it is published by Arizona's own Sean Buvala & Small Tooth Dog Publishing! Paperback or Kindle.

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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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