Monday - February 26, 2018
Issue # 303

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

Call for Proposals - DUE WEDNESDAY!

NSN National Storytelling Summit

July 24-31, 2018
Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

Theme: Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories

Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2018
More info & forms

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Sidekicks

Thursday, March 1st - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Sidekick
Curated by Jen Nowicki Clark
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Shaggy and Scooby. Lucy and Ethel. Holmes and Watson. What would one be without the other? Sidekicks play no small role. They offer friendship and loyalty, sometimes at a high cost. Sidekicks make us laugh, help us see things in a new light and are sometimes the ones that we can really relate to. Come join us to listen to true local stories about having, being or knowing a sidekick.

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

Jude Johnson
Kirsten Voris 
Leigh D.C. Spencer 
David Davis 
Jonathan Grinder 
Claire-Vimala Anderson 
Ellen Morell 

Click here for details & info

Myth Informed CANCELLED

We regret to inform all that this concert has been CANCELLED.

Jim May WORKSHOP in Tucson!

Saturday, March 3 - 9:30 a.m. 
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway

Learn About the Art of Storytelling from Jim May, Master Storyteller and Award Winning Author
Tellers of Tales in Tucson is thrilled to be included on Jim May’s 2018 book tour. You will laugh, cry and be enchanted listening to the stories and experiences Jim May shares in his workshop. Jim is an expert when it comes to weaving a memorable story, and he is able to artfully share his philosophy about why we need stories to connect with each other now more than ever before.
TOT memberts: Free
Non-Members: Suggested donation of $5
Jim May’s book, Trail Guide For a Crooked Heart, has won a prestigious Anne Izard library award from the Westchester NY Library Foundation, as well as World Storytelling Award from the journal by the same name. His new chapter book for middle readers will be released this spring, The Further Adventures of The Boo Baby Girl (and her sidekick, Bootsie the bilingual cattle herding Chihuahua).

Carpool/Caravan to see Jim May?

Hey folks, who wants to carpool/caravan down to Tucson for the Jim May Workshop at Tucson Tellers of Tales? It's about a 2-hour drive, and we should leave about 7:00 AM. Yes, I know it's early in the morning as the meeting/workshop starts at 9:30 AM. There will be a short meeting before Jim starts, but we should plan to get there, comfortably, before 9:30.

Email me if you want to go and let me know if you can drive, and how many passengers you can accomodate. Also, let me know the area where you live. I will coordinate all drivers, passengers and pick-up points and let everyone know the plans -


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Coming Up


Flutterfest - Storytelling About Pollinators
Friday, Saturday & Sunday - March 9, 10 &11 - 9 AM - 2 PM
Desert Botanical Gardens - Phoenix

A new spring family festival is alighting in the Botanical Garden, filling the trails with stories and song. Hear tales about nature, make a treat for butterflies and other fluttery friends, visit the butterfly exhibit and dance like you have wings to live music. There will be lots to learn about pollinators and our natural environment and many fun surprises in store.

The SMCC Storytelling Institute is presenting THREE DAYS of storytelling on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 9, 10, and 11. The stories will be about pollinators: bats, bees, birds, butterflies, and the wind.  They will do 5 half-hour sessions each day, and each session will be devoted to one of the pollinators.

Open to the public on Saturday & Sunday. Friday is a separate day for special needs children. Come join the fun!

Here's the Schedule:

9:30 Bats
10:30 Bees
11:30 Birds
12:30 Butterflies
1:30 Wind

If you would like to tell, please let Liz Warren know.  They have assembled a good collection of stories for each session for you to choose from.
E-mail Liz

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, March 10th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

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Word-Play for Story Creation

Here's a great exercise for story (or poetry) creation that Kevin Kling presented in his workshop. He credits Minton Sparks with the inspiration for this.

It's like the old Word-Play game where you ask a person to give you a proper noun, an adjecttve, a verb, a noun, an emotion, a verb, and animal, etc. 
Then you drop-in the words to this "sentence".

MARK HASTILY would GRAB the TABLE and feel SAD, because he wanted to TALK with the TURTLE. 

Here is the "poem" that is used in the exercise, with the inserts indicated by underlines. 

I am From

I am from a product from your statea product from your state and a product from your state.

I am from  something that describes your home 
I am from  a plant in your homesomething else in your home .
I am from a childhood memory of your family, and a childhood memory of friends
I am from  something that describes who your family is.
I am from  something your mother (or father) used to say, and  something your father (or mother) used to say.
I am from  your home townsomething your home town is famous for, &  something your home town is famous for
I am from  a childhood memorywhat words (or emotions) describe that memory
I am from  a picture from your childhood.
And now, here is MY poem from the exercise:
I Am From

I am from cactus, cotton and copper.
I am from the place with my dog.
I am from silk plants and dirty dishes.
I am from dinners together and sledding behind Skippy Klutznick’s house in the winter.
I am from givers and teachers, and large noses
I am from  “Pick up your clothes”, and  “If Kenny jumped off the roof would you jump off the roof?”
I am from Chicago, deep dish pizza from Uno’s & Due’s, and Jewel’s grocery store.
I am from The Elephant’s Dilemma, the comfort of sitting next to Aunt Bea on the couch, reading about the elephant who went to the circus, but really just wanted to swim in the river. Over and over and over again. “Youhoo…comink in swimink today?
I am from that little guy, standing with his hands in his pockets, waiting, just waiting.

In reality, you can make up your own series of "plugin of words or phrases". Yes, these could all be separate "prompts" for personal stories, or put together like a "string of pears". I especially like the poetic feel of this. And don't forget, you can always change the order of things. Play around with it. The possibilities are endless.

GCC STUDENTS: Do this exercise and then describe what the process was like for you and what you learned! E-mail me a WORD file with your work by 2 pm Tuesday - Feb 27. Possible 20 points.

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And the Children Shall Lead Us
I don't often post political stuff here or on Facebook. But I believe some things are of importance to note.

One of the greatest stories of our era: these kids. I believe in these kids and their platform. I believe that they are sincere in their quest. I believe they will and ARE making a difference, regardless of the outcome!

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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

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

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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