Monday - February 20, 2017
Issue # 251

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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NSN Conference ~ Earlybird Registration

Earlybird registration is now available for the NSN Conference “All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration” Set for June 29 - July 2, 2017 in Kansas City, MO. 

Save $80 by registering now!

Great breakout sessions, special Master Classes, Special Interest Group sessions, lots of networking!

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This Week


Storyfind Workshop/Reception

Saturday - February 25th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
SMCC - 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.

This month: Finding and adapting hero tales for children.

Come network with many valley storytellers and participate in this month's workshop.
It's FREE - Just show up!

Tucson Storytelling Concert - Stories at the Rail Yard

Sunday - February 26th 
Doors open at 1:30pm, Show at 2pm 

610 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

Stories at the Rail Yard

Stories for Grownups

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Debra Olson-Tolar & Liz Warren

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of tales. The Rail Yard is a relatively new venue in Tucson that the tellers are very excited about!
Glenda Bonin has made her living as a full-time storyteller since 1996. She is equally comfortable telling stories with her puppets to 5-year-olds, western history tales on local ranches, and personal reminiscences to memory-care patients. Glenda recently presented a workshop at the National Storytelling Conference. See http://www.storyworksgroup.com/ for more info on Glenda.
Debra Olson-Tolar is a storyteller, actor, and speaker. She was the first storyteller asked to join the J. Paul Getty Museum’s initiative to pair original story with pieces from their permanent art collection. As an actor, Debra has appeared on television, film, and stage, including a performance on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele that went viral. See http://www.DebraOlsonTolar.com/ for more info on Debra.
Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach for the Arizona Storytellers Project produced by the Arizona Republic. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.  She is on the AZHumanities Council roster as a Road Scholar. 
Doors open at 1:30pm, Show at 2pm 
Suggested donation $8 (proceeds go to the artists)
Entrance to Rail Yard is on 16th St., east of Barrio Brewing.

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, March 2nd- 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Left
Sometimes “Left” is not right. Sometimes it is. “Left” may also imply loss or abandonment. When one leaves, something is almost always left behind. But sometimes “left” is the strength to leave a situation and seek greener pastures in the face of uncertainty. Join us as six story tellers brave the Odyssey Stage to share their stories of loss, recovery, and discovery in the “Left” show on March 2nd.
Storytellers include Angela Orlando, Karen Hollish, Aly Cruz, Pamela Campbell and more!

Curated by Logan Mutz

$8 Adults, $6 Students
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

3-Day Storytelling Workshop at Pima Community College
March 3-5

Join other Tucson tellers in March for a fun and fabulous Creative Writing Weekend Workshop in Nonfiction on the Art of Storytelling. Writer and performer Molly McCloy will teach workshop participants how to write and perform nonfiction stories from their lives in a creative and entertaining way. At the end of this three- day workshop, students will have the option to perform their work for a live audience.

The two-credit workshop is March 3-5 at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus, Room AH-140.
Cost is $183 for Arizona residents.
Registration: Current Pima students can enroll for Writing 298T4/CRN 23823 through MyPima at www.pima.edu. Non-students can fill out our easy College admission form online at www.pima.edu and then enroll.
Molly McCloy is a three-time NYC Moth StorySLAM winner with work published in Slate, Nerve, and Swink. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from The New School. She has performed around the country.

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, March 4th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

The Unscrewed Theater is a great place for TOT to meet. It is located across the street from The Loft Theater in a strip mall next to Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and the entrance to the theater is next to the parking lot.

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, March 4th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

Chek out their NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.

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Warts and All

In many of my previous tips I have included one concept that should be addressed as a principle, by itself. It is the concept of first, knowing yourself ...and accepting who you are.

In Hamlet, Act I, Scene III, Polonius says to his son Laertes"

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
For me, there are two pieces here: The first is to be true to yourself, to your own character. Do what you know is right for you, no matter the circumstances.
The second part is saying, 'The reality is that, 'Thou canst not then be false to any man.'" I have said this to and about storytellers before: When you tell a story, you reveal yourself and who you are to your audience. In other words, you can't NOT be you.
So, if you must always be YOU, then it follows that in order to be a good storyteller, you must also accept who you are, warts and all. Don't fight it.
Years ago, when I was a therapist, my friends in the medical records department discovered something in the Dictionary of Medical Terms. (How or why they found it, I am not sure.) It was the term that is defined here: witzelsucht. Finally, I had a diagnosis! (and yes, my sister can wholeheartedly concur.)
Ever since then, I have not fought against it, I have embraced it (as many of you can attest to)!
If you are a redhead, embrace those freckles...use them in your stories..."There were more stars in the sky than freckles on my face."
If you are tall, use it..."In those days, I wasn't the only one who could touch the sky, everyone could."
Cassie Cushing loves dark and twisted tales...that's why she tells them so well!
So, when you are looking for a story; when you are trying to figure out the language; when you are struggling with the meaning of the story - heed the words of Polonius - This above all: to thine own self be true.
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Focus on Action, Not Just Awareness
Colleague and Organizational Teller Annette Simmons shared a post recently that caught my eye. it's a bit long, but quite eye-opening. It has to do with organizations and why they need to stop focusing on awareness of an issue and instead be concerned with what action they want to move people to. Which also means they must know their audience.

Too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue—such as the danger of eating disorders or loss of natural habitat—without knowing how to translate that awareness into action, by getting people to change their behavior or act on their beliefs. It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.

There is much here for storytellers, especially those who use telling in advocacy. But there is also some great insight in relation to knowing your audience. I highly recommend it!
Stop Raising Awareness - The whole 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

Chatterbox Open 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 - *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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