Monday, March 10, 2014
Issue # 98

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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NSN Conference Update

Perform YOUR 8-15 minute Story at the Conference
During The Western Region Showcase
Proposals and VIDEOS/AUDIOS are due
NEXT MONDAY - March 17th

Click Here for info
Earlybird Registration DEADLINE - MAY 15
Save BIG BUCKS when you register early.
As little as $255 for Seniors or Students BEFORE May 15
(after may 15 - prices go up $75)
Click here for Registration
Fringe Performers Set
The Fringe Performers have been set and contracted. Several AZ tellers are included. 
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This Week


AZ Republic Live Storytelling

Two events this week:

TONIGHT, March 10th
Stories of Your Favorite Dishes and Drinks

Join us at Crudo, where we'll celebrate some of the Valley's most creative culinary and bartending talents as they share stories of cooking capers, destroyed dishes and tasty triumphs. Featured tellers: Bar Crudo owner and bartender Micah Olson, Old Town Group executive chef Andrew Nam, Upward Projects culinary director Chris Newstrom, two more tellers to be announced.
Ticket price ($75) covers three-course dinner, tax, tip and admission to event. Ticket purchase serves as your reservation. Only 65 tickets available.

Tuesday, March 11th
Cactus League: Stories of Baseball in the Desert

It’s time to play ball… or talk about playing ball. We bring you a night of stories from the diamond and the dugout, funny and touching tales from lives lived on the field.
Listen to stories from Arizona Diamondback pitcher Josh Collmenter, Diamondback announcer Steve Berthiaume, ESPN magazine writer Molly Knight, Toronto Blue Jays scout Dan Evans and others. Mingle with azcentral.com sports journalists including Dan Bickley and Nick Piecoro.

Story Rise - Luncheon Concert

Friday - March 14, 2014 (12 Noon)

“Stories of Many Cultures”
Sean Buvala presents a noon-time concert. A one-hour brown-bag style concert of stories and storytelling from Ireland and many other cultures. Free of charge. Held at Gangplank Avondale, 525 N. Central Ave in Avondale AZ. (Note that’s not Central in Phoenix!)

Women Storytellers

Saturday - March 15th - 10am-Noon
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 details

The Tucson Festival of Books

March 15-16
Each year, close to 140,000 people (yes, I said 140,000!) attend the Tucson Festival of Books. There will be close to 400 authors, fun, food and lots of activities for the whole family.

Storyteller Glenda Bonin offers the Storytelling Stage, where this year you can hear national tellers Tim Tingle and Dianne de Las Casas. There will be puppet shows, local Tap Dancing Teller Dustin Loehr and members of the Tucson Tellers of Tales Storytelling Guild.






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Irish Storytelling

Stories from the Irish Tradition
at the Musical Instrument Museum

This Saturday & Sunday - March 15-16
10:30–11:30 a.m. and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Experience the art of Irish storytelling with oral narratives that have been told around the fireside for centuries. Join Liz Warren and Sean Buvala of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute for tales of “Saints and Wonders,” “Gods and Heroes,” “Otherworldly Frights,” and “Fairy Music.”
More info

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Coming Up


One Story - Many Voices
Friday - March 21st

Take four unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. Turn them loose to each tackle the same “you only think you know it” fairytale type. Let it blend and percolate and you’ll get the “One Story, Many Voices” evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling.
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First Person Elevates Fact-Based Tales

I've written about "point of view" before. Here's a bit more about the first person POV.

In my Art of Storytelling classes at Glendale Community College, we are beginning our section on Fact-Based stories. At first look, this genre seems to be one of the more difficult ones for students (and some seasoned tellers) to get their heads around. The trick here is, how does one make this story more than just a "report" or a mere "list of events"? One of the best ways to do this is to change the POV to first person.

In a biographical story, one could choose to tell from the point of view of the central character; be Ben Franklin, Einstein, Edison, Tesla. Another way is to choose some other character in the story to tell from their POV. Tell from the POV of the Parent, Lover, Partner or Teacher of the central character. Tell the events of a historical story from the point of view of a, seemingly uninterested, bystander or observer of the incidents. Perhaps the Butler, Carpenter or even the pet belonging to one of the characters.

Last semester, one student told the story of the Twin Towers in Manhattan, but not about the attack. He told the story of how the Towers were built, from the POV of a steelworker that had helped to build the towers. He told of his pride in building the towers and at the end, his sadness at their destruction. It was brilliant. 

This semester, the first up to tell told the story of Mark "Marky-Mark" Wahlberg...from the point of view of his Mother. This was a great choice. We hear of his turbulent youth and how he went to jail, as his mother lovingly said those ubiquitous words, "But he's really a good boy!" This showed us not only the "events" of his life, but his mother's struggle to deal with his self-destructive behavior, and eventually her pride and love at his success as an actor.

Telling from the first person can lend a creative element to the story and bring the audience closer in to the experience. In a case where they may not relate to the main character, they may be able to relate to the character telling the story.

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Safe - Supportive - Caring

The members of EVTOT have done a herculean job of making our space a safe and supportive space for storytellers. We always seem to get all tellers who request to tell, on their feet with a story each month. We support everyone with appreciations. And all members are always warm and encouraging to students and newcomers who are a bit reticent.

In addition, the guild and its members have always responded when there has been a need in our storytelling community. When the National Storytelling Network lost some revenue due to unforeseen circumstances, our guild stepped in and made a donation to our parent association. Later in the year, one of our local tellers was in need of funds for a car. Again, EVTOT came forth with enough cash to supplement their auto purchase.

Last Saturday, in addition to the wonderful stories and telling by many attendees, once again, our telling community stepped up. Treasurer Maya Jones had seen this newsletter's post last week about the plight of colleague and teller Kevin Brooks, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (see previous post). She immediately contacted me to discuss the situation, and at Saturday's meeting, proposed that EVTOT make a donation to Kevin and his wife Laura Packer to help defray some of their "uninsured" costs. The Board and attendees responded with a unanimous "yes". It's a small donation, but it is EVTOT's way of saying, "We care."

Thanks EVTOT. Thanks to Laura Rutherford, President; Elizabeth Matson, Vice President; Maya Jones, Treasurer & Ruth Shaw, Secretary for your dedication, leadership and caring!

I am so proud to be a part of this guild!

Read Laura Packer's blog about their struggles

Donate to Laura and Kevin


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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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