Monday - February 4, 2018
Issue # 352

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Your're Invited!

Yes - You're invited to join Pam Faro and I next summer on our

Historical, Hysterical, Scotland, Ireland, England, Storytelling Tour!

This year we will spend 14 days on the ground, exploring Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge and many more iconic sites.

We'll all tell stories as we travel through the countryside and meet the locals who will tell stories to us!

Don't miss this great Vacation/Education/Storyfication! May 11th - May 26th.
More about our trip here!

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This Week


Storyrise - Workshop & Concert

Thursday - February 7th - 6:00 pm
Goodyear Branch Library
14455 W. Van Buren, Goodyear

Workshop - "Getting the Most from Your Career as an Artist."

Do you have to work full-time as an artist to be a professional? We'll be discussing what it takes to make a career from the arts, performing or otherwise. Led by Sean Buvala who has been a working artist, author, and publisher for more than 30 years. 6pm. 45 minutes. Free.

Concert starts at 7pm - Buying and Selling
What does it take to make the world go 'round? Is it money? Is it love? Is it the love of money? When we're trading for goods and services, what are our options? Happy workers, bad bosses and a mix of other characters will be on the assembly line. Tales told from the olden times and personal tales from maybe just yesterday. Featuring Sean Buvala, Elly Reidy, and others.

SMCC Faculty Concert - A Seat at the Table

Thursday - February 7th 6:30 pm
Performance Arts Center Theatre

Join the innovative and engaging faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute as they share stories on the theme, “A Seat at the Table.”

Faculty tellers will include Doug Bland, Harriet Cole, Kathy Eastman, Travis May, Kyle Mitchell, Kaden Sheffield, Marilyn Torres, Sylvia Torrey, and Liz Warren.

Our featured performer, poet and storyteller Joy Young, has been a guest-artist at the Storytelling Institute this year. Joy is a performance and teaching spoken word artist based in Phoenix, AZ. Her performance works focus on transgressing borders, both real and imagined, entering social justice topics through poetic personal narratives, and has been featured on Button Poetry and Everyday Feminism as well as on stages and in colleges and classrooms across the country.


East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, February 9th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers Project - Romance... or Not
Wednesday February13th - Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating and downright crazy. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com as we explore stories about dating apps, true love and everything in between. 

Emcees:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Garrett Mitchell, journalist at The Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured Tellers:
Eva Jannotta
Josh Shore 
Parul Agrawal 
Kanu Jacobsen
Megan Finnerty and Vince Malouf

Storyline Slam - Crushing It
Friday - February 15 - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The lineup for The Storyline SLAM:
At least two names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. 
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door 
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Create Your Own Stage! - A How To Guide

How will you create your next stage?

Wherever you may be performing, you must create an atmosphere that is conducive to the process of storytelling. Whether it be on a stage in an auditorium, a classroom, a breakout room at a conference, under a canopy at an outside fair, or a street corner where you may be busking, How can storytellers create a space where listeners will feel welcome and want to join you in creating a story? And remember, this must happen BEFORE you tell your first story. There are several things to consider. The first, and most important, as always, is: who is your audience?

Your audience: Is your audience mostly adults, children, teenagers, mixed? What are the demographics, or "make up" of the audience? Are they from an urban or rural area, the deep south, the bible belt?  Are they middle-management executives or a group of church-going housewives? One must always consider the audience, not only in choosing stories, but also, how you will be perceived. And this starts even before you walk into the space!

Your introduction: How will you be introduced? Who will introduce you? Have you written an introduction? Will the MC be reading it word-for-word? Do they know you? Will they be speaking off-the-cuff? What are the things you WANT the audience to know about you? What are the things you DON'T WANT them to know? Will this audience welcome you if they are told you recently won an award for the "sexiest story slam", or would it be more prudent to leave out that information? I dislike having the MC "read" an introduction; I also dislike reciting a long list of accomplishments. I prefer to spend a few minutes with the MC to make sure they are comfortable letting the audience know the two or three most important things about you. And make the "last" thing that the MC says be on the lighter side, or even a humorous, perhaps cryptic statement. 

"And before becoming a storyteller, Mark travelled all over the country as Winnie-The-Pooh - and perhaps he will tell you a story about that! Please welcome, Mark Goldman."

Your entrance: How will you come into the space / walk onstage? Where will you be just before you come into the space? I absolutely abhor when performers come from the farthest place away from the stage, walking slowly to the front! Don't make your audience wait for you. Be close to the stage when the MC is about to finish the introduction, so you are there, ready to go. If the MC is center stage, it's always nice to connect with them, with a handshake or hug, or even a simple nod/bow to them. Those first few seconds, yes - seconds, as you enter or come on, tell the audience something about you. Have energy, smile, maybe even nod, point or wave to a friend in the first few rows. Be warm and inviting. Show the audience they can expect something wonderful.

Engage your audience: Smile! Greet them warmly. If appropriate, it can help to thank them and let them know you are happy to be in their city, or with their organization. Share something that connects you to them: "Over the years, I have adopted three shelter dogs, and it's great to be here with you folks who work so hard to rescue and find forever homes for all the animals." Now I have them in the palm of my hand.

Children: An entirely different animal than adults! You will want to decide if they will sit on the floor, in chairs, in rows or a half circle. What will be the best configuration? If it's a classroom, discuss with the teacher(s). If it's outside, choose a place with the least distractions. Keep your entrance and beginning short and sweet. "You all look great today. Are you ready to hear some stories?" Don't keep them waiting with long-winded explanations about storytelling. Don't give them time to get distracted. Get to it! 

Your story intro: Now you need to set the stage for them to listen to your story. If you are at a storytelling conference, and your audience is made up of all storytellers, you may not need an intro to your story. You may want to simply take a moment, breathe, and then begin the story. Or perhaps you want to engage the audience, to make sure they are with you. A question or statement can work as a teaser to get them interested and want to hear more.

Children: "You all know that stealing is wrong, right? Do you think someone can 'steal a smell'? Well, let's listen closely as I tell you the story of Stealing Smells"

Teens: "Have you ever been accused of stealing something, but you didn't do it? I know I have. Sometimes it's hard to prove you didn't do it. And sometimes people won't even listen to you. You know, I've got a story about that. It's called Stealing Smells."

Adults: "Stories come from all over the world. And sometimes, one story can originate in many different places and cultures. The story I am about to tell you has origins in India, Peru, and even Europe. I would like to share with you my version of Stealing Smells"

Busking - Street Performing: Energy, Energy, Energy! - You will not only have to create the space, you will probably have to find and gather your audience - much like the circus "barker" who calls out to the passers-by.
"Ladies and gentlemen - gather 'round to hear
some fantastical stories!
Stories of kings and queens, witches and wizards,
the high and mighty, and the downtrodden too,
and maybe a story of people just like you!
Come near, come near, and you will hear:
stories that make you laugh, stories that make you cry,
and stories that make you remember
that look in her eye -
the feel of his skin -
stories for everyone - come closer, come in."
All of this has to do with you! You are the creator of your own stage. Let the light shine on you so your audience can see and hear your stories!
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The San Diego Connection
Here we are, at the beginning of Winter (Ha... for most of the country!) But it can still get cold here in Phoenix (60!). Don't forget there is a lot of storytelling going on in San Diego, just a few hours west!

Here is the link to the Storytellers of San Diego Page that lists many of those events and activities. Here's the link to the main page. Don't forget to click on EVENTS.

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

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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