Monday, February 15, 2016
Issue # 199

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

World Folktale Throwdown at Estrella Mountain

World Folktale Throwdown - Coming to Estrella Mountain on March 7th.

This fast-paced event will cover folktales from A - Z. Featuring 26 tellers, each having just 3 minutes to present their tale. The audience will vote for their favorites. 

The new Performing Arts Center at EMCC

Free and open to the public!
More info here

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This Week


Return to the African Village & Oya's Market

Friday, February 19th 6:30 p.m., Performance Hall, SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

The SMCC Storytelling Institute Presents the Sixth Annual Return to the African Village!
Journey to an African Village through the arts of storytelling, drumming, and dancing – an enchanting performance to honor Black History Month. This year the annual extravaganza explores the connections between Africa and Brazil, featuring Grupo Axe Capoeira Arizona in addition to Storytelling Institute Faculty and Students, and Community Storytellers.
Come early for Oya's Market featuring "Bead for Life" from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m., sponsored by ACE Storytelling Skills and Business Youth Ambassadors.
The Storytelling Institute is grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of Return to the African Village: 
The SMCC Office of International/Intercultural Services
The Achieving a College Education Program
Tickets: $10 for general admission
Available on Eventbrite and at the door: 
For further information contact
Liz Warren (602) 243-8026, or Marilyn Torres (602) 243-8022
Tickets Available Here

Journeys Workshops: Storytelling Out Loud

Saturday, February 20 16th - 10am - Noon
The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock is
 offering monthly two-hour storytelling workshops with Liz Warren this spring, as well as quarterly Storytelling Nights. 

This month's focus is on Stories of Love or Friendship.

Liz packs a lot into this well-paced two-hour session! In these workshops, you'll learn essential skills of storytelling as you find, structure, develop, and tell a story from your own life that you might share at our Journeys: Storytelling Nights or just for your own family and friends.

Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock
12861 N. 8th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
(just south of Thunderbird, at the edge of the mountain preserve)
Saturdays, 10 am-noon - February 20 & March 19.  
The March session will be on Adventure Stories.

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Coming Up


Out Of The Box Storytelling
Women Storytellers
Saturday, February 27th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

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 more info

Saturday - February 27th  from 1:00 – 4:00 in PAC 740.

Storyfind is a monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire. Each session will start with a short reception to welcome new participants to the community.  
Come network with many valley storytellers and participate in this month's workshop. 
Topic to be announced.
More info

Business Storytelling Workshops
Join Sean Buvala for a series of free monthly programs designed to help you brand and market your business! Sean will be presenting this series on Monday evenings at the White Tank Brach Library in Waddell.

Here is the schedule:

February 22 - Learn to create your Biz Story in order to connect with your customers.
March  21 - Learn how to write an "About Me" description that will make you stand out from the crowd.
April 19 - Learn to create a press release for your business activities.

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

White Tank Branch Library – Waddell
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, Arizona 85355
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First, You Must Believe You Can Float

At the beginning of last Saturday’s “Eloquent” workshop, Antonio Rocha (pronounced “hōsha”) asked each participant to voice what they hoped to get out of the day. In addition to some specifics, I said, “Oh yeah, and I want to learn how to float!” Antonio’s response set the tone for the whole day: “The first step is that you must believe you can float!”
Antonio presented this all-day workshop on the eloquence of “transitions” in storytelling. He shared a vast amount of information, along with many demonstrations, that revealed Antonio’s own inimitable style and philosophy, learned and practiced over many, many years as both a mime and storyteller. 
Here, in what may be a somewhat disjointed array, I offer my transcribed notes from the workshop. Each one being a great tip by itself; all together, they barely scratch the surface of what we learned from his examples, dialogue and coaching.
Note: Be aware that Antonio's style is slanted way to the performance side of telling. See my previous tip on Where You Are on the Spectrum.
Authenticity comes from research and observation. Real monkeys don’t scratch their armpits. One must observe without judgment.
Imagine a movie, where you can place the camera wherever is most important. Understand the POV (point of view) of the audience. What POV will best tell the story? Make your story and your movements “three dimensional”. 
Give space. Back up, open your arms and use your whole body when reacting. Be astonished, and give space to that astonishment. You must “materialize” the object or person you see. Show don’t tell. Show the audience the “quality of discovery” by the character.
Most often, use the “forward angle” (face front) to focus on the person or thing you are seeing. This is the most powerful position. If you see it, the audience will see it with you.
Focus on who is being talked to. Talk only to them, not to the whole audience. (This was not as easy as it would seem. It took great concentration for me and others who are so used to making eye contact with every audience member.)
Know the geography of the story. Where is each element, person, place or thing in the story? Know “where you are coming from and where you are going.” Use your body and arms to “cross fade” from one character to another, or one scene to another.
Transitions can be done with a sound, with a stare, with stillness. Don’t rush, let the audience see it and feel it… then break the illusion.
Let things “simmer” – and here, Antonio revealed that he was inspired when he recently viewed a rehearsal video in which Michael Jackson asked the drummer to, “let it simmer.”
After lunch, Antonio coached several willing participants in their stories. Watching him observe and coach each teller was an amazing process and lesson. 
The fifteen minutes of focus and coaching I got from Antonio was priceless. It will stay with me forever!
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And Speaking of Great Tips...
Sean Buvala just posted a great, short article about Six Tiny Storytelling Tips for Better Oral Storytelling. He may call them "tiny" but I believe they are larger than life.

What does the flow of your story feel like? Are you rushing through every detail? Does your audience need time to catch up? Can they see their own images as you speak them? Does your audience shift around? Do they look too often at the clock or their phones? Have you artificially slowed down your storytelling to stretch out a story to fill time? If you are
stretching a story out for too long, maybe you..."

Click here for the entire article
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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?

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