Monday, February 22, 2016
Issue # 200

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Four Years and Counting!

Today marks the 200th issue of this Newsletter!

I began four years ago on May 1st, 2012. Perhaps I was a little crazy, when I began, wondering just how it would turn out. Clearly, I am even MORE crazy after four years of rising early every Monday morning and wondering, "What will I write about today?"

One thing I continue to "re-learn" from storytelling and doing the Newsletter is to "Trust the process." Some mornings, when I sit down at my computer and begin, I don't have a clue. Eventually, as I fill in the news of valley storytelling events and scour my mind, I somehow come up with a "Tip" for the Newsletter.

Fortunately, this resulted in writing and publishing my book, Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories. I have been quite blessed with the positive reaction from the storytelling community, and certainly many of my most cherished colleagues who have praised the book.

Often, folks will thank me for publishing this newsletter or comment on a Tip or Tdbit. Sometimes, even they wonder how I continue to grind it out each week. The simple answer is, I LOVE STORYTELLING! I love telling, listening, teaching and writing about storytelling. That's what keeps me going.

There is, perhaps, a more deep-seated reason underneath my single-minded storytelling life. Although I have been in the storytelling community for about seven years now, the roots of what drives me, what has molded me, what seemingly pushes me onward is something that I have owned for many years.

It is something that, although I have seen in a few others, I believe I wear it more proudly, as an expert and a master in a little known, but recognizable affliction known as: Witzelsucht! The definition, from the Medical Dictionary of Psychiatry is at the right. If you have spent any time with me, I am sure you will verify this diagnosis.

But seriously folks, if you read this Newsletter, like it, look forward to it, or have any suggestions about it, please click this link and leave a COMMENT below to let me know how you feel.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement!

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This Week


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.  
Storyfind welcomes guest facilitator Phyllis Ralley, Bureau of Land Management and Storytelling Certicate holder, as she leads us in a session on finding and adapting stories to use in environmental settings from our collection of world folktales. Phyllis will also review the ethics of telling from a culture other than your own.
Come network with many valley storytellers and participate in this month's workshop. 
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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Coming Up


AZ Live Storytelling
A Stylish Life
Wednesday - March 2nd - Phoenix Art Museum

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona as we take over Cummings Great Hall with the Valley's most stylish citizens. This night is in partnership with the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Chapter. We will hear stories from fashionistas, models and retailers as we celebrate fashion, beauty and self-expression.

Celine Rille, co-founder of ACI Nouveau
Opening Remarks:
Arizona Costume Institute President Judy Steers and ACI Nouveau Director Lindsey Enyart
Featured tellers:
Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian 
Tiara Vian, KJZZ producer and natural hair vlogger
Sally Borg, Ironman triathlete
Jared Yazzie, Navajo designer of OxDx clothing
Ann Spitznogle Cothron, past board member of the Arizona Costume Institute
Mark Hunter Voss, photographer and former assistant to publicist Eleanor Lambert
Helen Nosova, former curatorial assistant for Fashion Design at the Phoenix Art Museum
Tickets include appetizers. Cash bar available. 

Click here for tickets

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, March 5th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The Unscrewed Theater
3244 E Speedway 
Tucson, AZ
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.

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, March 5th ~ 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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Focus on an Image

We've all had that moment: We just can't think of a story. When a topic for a slam or story circle comes up, we freeze. For some reason, we just can't think of a time or a place or anything related to the "theme" that we might tell a story about. We're thinking too hard, and not about the right thing.

Here's a tip/prompt for finding a story that I recently learned from Liz Warren.

In the past two months, I have attended the Journeys Workshops: Storytelling Out Loud facilitated by Liz Warren. The first was on Family Stories, the second, held last Saturday was on stories of Love and Friendship. In these workshops, Liz would start out by telliing a personal story. Then, she would ask us to "Focus in on an image from that story that stood out for you." Then she would prompt us to "Think of something in your own life related to that image."

What a brilliant prompt this was!

Later, she would provide us with a list of prompts that might help us remember, "A time when..." But that first direction helped us all focus on images

Storytelling is all about images, and all about the connections we make with our audience. How brilliant is it to have us relate to an image and then craft a story (or even a short anecdote) that connects with that. Most of us have experienced that same scenario when we have told a story. An audience member or colleague comes up to us and says, "Your story reminded me of ..." And then they tell you their story!

So the next time you are having difficulty coming up with a story in a particular genre, go listen to someone telling a story in that same genre. Then focus in on an image from their story... and how/where you can relate it in your own life.

Now you have a starting place for your story. As always... NOW the work begins!

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And Speaking of the Journeys Storytelling Workshops...
There are currently two more Journeys Workshopd scheduled.

Liz Warren will be doing a workshop on Stories of Adventure on March 19th.

Mark Goldman will be doing a workshop on April 16th on
Beyond the Bones: Finding Creative Language for Your Story.

The sessions are held at the Shadow Rock Whole Life Center.

And several of the participants will be telling stories on April 1st. Come hear tales, some true, some tall, from friends both familiar and new. Storytellers will include folks from our monthly workshops - as well as others in the Valley storytelling community. It'll be a night all about family, friendship, love, and adventure.

Friday, April 1 at 7 pm in Smith Hall. $10
Click here for more info
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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?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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