Monday, February 23, 2015
Issue # 148

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

                      Loren Russell continues to tell at Wild Horse Pass
                   Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday at 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

Oracle Awards - Nominations Due SUNDAY - March 1st

There's still time ... if you get moving today!

Since their inception in 1995, the ORACLE Awards have been presented by the National Storytelling Network to those who have excelled in their art, or made significant contributions to storytelling, NSN or its members. There are several national and regional categories.
Previous LOCAL recipients of the Regional Service and Leadership Award in our Western Region are:
2014 - Liz Warren
2009 - LynnAnn Wojciechowicz
2007 - Sean Buvala
2002 - Sheila Pattison
1998 - Don Doyle
1996 - South Mountain Community College
The deadline for nominations (including letters of reference) is March 1st. So if you want to nominate someone nationally or from your region, the time to act is now!
Find more information and submission forms here
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This Week


Nature Stories by Joyce Story

Thursday - February 26th - 11:00 am

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park on Thursday, February 26, at 11:00 am.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

Water Logged

Friday, February 27th
Scottsdale Public Art and New Times are teaming up for a spoken word event -- and the premise is all wet.

Presented in conjunction with public art celebration Canal Convergence at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, Water Logged includes stories centered on water and canals from Michael Grady, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Kim Porter, and Tom Zoellner.
Tickets are $9.50 and available through tickets.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. There will be an on-site cash bar. See scottsdalepublicart.org for more.
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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Project Fashion Night
Wednesday - March 4th

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for Stories of A Stylish Life  as we take over the Cummings Great Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum to celebrate the Valley’s most stylish citizens.
This night is in partnership with the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Chapter as we hear stories from fashionistas, models and retailers as we celebrate fashion, beauty and self-expression. Tickets include appetizers. 
Featured tellers:
Dennita Sewell, the curator of fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum; Sheree Hartwell, owner of the Ford Robert Black Agency; stylist and model Maggie Heiser; retired custom bridal designer Francesca Bianco; Barney’s New York display manager John Stevens; Nouveau chapter founder Celine Rille; stylist Oscar De La Salas and costume designer at Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre Galina Mihaleva.
Note: If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, March 5th
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: Wild
What happens when we go wild? Chandelier swinging, lampshade wearing, or simply retreating into nature. Come take a walk on the wild side with us!
Storytellers: Writer, Melanie Madden; childcare worker, Logan Mutz; raptor aficionado, Carroll Hemingway; hitchhiker extraordinaire, Squid Skid; documentary filmmaker Evan Grae Davis; and David Johnsrud  
Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


West Side Story Tellers
Saturday, March 7th ~ 10am - Noon
West Side Story Tellers will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


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The Movie of My Story

The Oscars are over. Some films that you loved won, and some lost. But here's the "reel" tip for storytellers: You can use the concept of a movie to learn and remember your story.

You can use a storyboard, for sure, but some of us have difficulty translating images of stick  figures into the full Technicolor images we need to see in our minds.

One concept is to visualize all the scenes in your story as a set of images from a movie. Isn't that how we normally tell a story anyway?

When we relate an anecdote to a friend about what happened at the grocery store, we first SEE the sequence of events in our heads. We can recall the expression on that lady's face when we ran into her cart. We can see the look in her eyes, and hear the tone in her voice. Sometimes, we can even imagine what the background music might be as the scene progresses. 

We string these images (some still, some actually moving) together to make the whole story. Sometimes we stay in the role of the narrator, sometimes we play out all the characters in the scenes. Either way, we see it as a movie going on in the projector of our minds, then we describe to the listeners what we see on our screen.

Don't memorize the words, memorize the images, and remember the scenes from the movie.

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The Power of Storytelling
Storyteller, colleague and friend Kristin Pedemonti (the gal with the FREE HUGS sign) has traveled to Iran for the Kanoon Storytelling Festival. A bold move in these turbulent times! Here are two of her first pictures and experiences there.

"Oh my goodness, the performance in Iran made it to Twitter. Honored & humbled! Thank you to Hanif for posting the photosThis is my amazing translator Maryam who has a heart of solid gold and a soul larger than Saturn."

"That moment when the Iranian soldier hears you are an American and moves row by row closer and closer to you on stage. And then he is practically running towards you smiling & asks to take his photo with you. First, photos with his daughter, his wife & then him. It was all I could do to not reach out and hug him. I cried in the first 2 photos & finally composed myself for this one. Such warm, loving people. I look forward to sharing my experience and building a bridge between our countries."


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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
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 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?

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