Monday, February 24, 2014
Issue # 96

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

Opportunity to Perform at the NSN Conference

Western Regional Showcase - Call for Proposals
You can still perform at the Conference
Click Here for info
Fringe Performers Set
The Fringe Performers have been set and contracted. Several AZ tellers are included. 
Click here for names and full descriptions

Earlybird Registration Open Soon
Save BIG BUCKS when you register early. The registration page will be up by the end of February.
Click here for Registration

Kentucky Storytelling - Showcase Your Talents!

Call for Proposals

The Kentucky Storytelling Association is accepting proposals for workshops for their 2014 conference, to be held November 7-8.

All ideas for educational sessions on any aspect of the art of storytelling will be considered. Past sessions have addressed such topics as storytelling in preschools, storytelling to enhance leadership and management skills, creating fairy tales, planning a gig, working with an ASL interpreter, Native American culture, digital storytelling, and more.  

Evaluations from previous conferences have suggested the following topics:  participation techniques, using puppets, storytelling with other arts, African folk tales, storytelling in school, toddler stories, using props, teen stories, beginners, historic stories, taking written material into oral story, ethics.

Got any other ideas? Send them on - the deadline is April 1st
Click here for the Call for Proposal page

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Coming Up


Marketing for Storytellers - Workshop with Sean Buvala
March 1st - JUST 3 SLOTS LEFT!
Here's what I (Mark Goldman) said about this workshop:

This workshop is invaluable! It gives you the clearest perspective on the storytelling industry and what you need to do on the business side of storytelling!

Sean says:
We’re going to dig deep into the business side of being an artist. Put on your thick skin and come dive deep into Sean Buvala’s “Outside-In” way of thinking about your work and your marketing of your performing-artist work.

We’ll talk basics, bookings, communication, press-releases, social media, postal media and even a solid-session on self-publishing your non-fiction book (yep, you can’t put that off anymore). Cost is $99 per person and includes lunch. Minimum number of students is 10 people in order for the workshop to “go.” Spread the word and watch for information. Be warned- this is a reality-based training event.

NEW for 2014: A new session introducing the whys and hows of publishing a biz-building nonfiction book. Your new book can open new doors! This session alone is worth $99!
Click here for details & info

Odyssey Storytelling - Ten-Year Anniversary
Thursday, March 6th - Tucson
Odyssey Storytelling is throwing a FREE audience appreciation party at their March 6th show to say THANK YOU for ten years of support! A recent storyteller, amazed at the heart-felt reception from our audience said, “Odyssey Storytelling gives people the opportunity to be nice.” 

The FREE March 6th show, Anniversaries, will feature 4 storytellers, allowing time before and after to mingle, snack, sip drinks and tell more stories. Please consider giving a donation in support of Odyssey Storytelling, a program of StoryArts Group, Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Your donation is tax deductible! Receipts will be provided at the door. Checks can be written to StoryArts Group.

"For ten years Odyssey Storytelling has bridged art and community building. Our stories are YOUR stories—not professionals, not actors, but every day folks who are never censored; we welcome anyone who wants to share from the heart."

Event Details
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Shallow End of Pool Best for Beginning Tellers Too

The deep end. The high dive. These are not good places for beginning swimmers to start. Also not the best place for beginning tellers to get their feet wet. 
This semester at GCC, I am trying something new with my storytelling students. Instead of having them get up, for the very first time, telling in front of twenty pairs of riveting eyes, they are starting in the shallow end of the pool. They sit (or stand if comfortable) with two or three other students, and tell their story.
Many seasoned tellers, like Doug Lipman and Jay O'Callahan, start telling newly crafted tales with just one friend or a "story buddy". See my article on telling at the kitchen table
Telling to a small group is much less intimidating. It's like having those steps and that hand railing to hold on to, just in case you slip. It's a way to "get their feet wet" without having to be literally "thrown into the deep end."
They have a day off between classes, then come back and tell in front of the whole group. Some interesting things are happening with this process. First, students are reporting (and showing) that they are much more relaxed when they finally get up in front of the whole class, after having had the opportunity to "practice" in smaller groups.
Secondly, they are practicing and changing their stories between classes. Many of the students, having experienced "telling out loud", decide to change parts of their story. They are reporting, "I needed a better ending" or "I decided to change the way that character makes his decision." They are learning and practicing the process of "crafting" their stories!
And lastly, they are getting great accolades from their peers. The students that heard their stories in the smaller groups are heaping praise and great appreciations on them for their "well-tuned" versions. The tellers are experiencing great pride in themselves for a job well done.
They are learning!


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Extravaganza Rocks the House!
The Fourth Annual Return to the African Village was a huge success! Directed by SMCC Faculty member Marilyn Omifunke Torres and performed by over 50 students and community tellers, the extravaganza drew a standing room only crowd last Friday night! Congratulations to all - Here are some of the highlights: (all photos by Mark Goldstein)


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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

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
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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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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