Monday, March 14, 2016
Issue # 203

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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NSN Conference 2016 - Earlybird Special Pricing!

NOW is the time to start making arrangements! Register for the 2016 National Storytelling Conference by May 12, 2016. 

The 2016 NSN Storytelling Conference will once again be held in Kansas City, July 21-24, 2016. The theme for the conference is "Spotlight on Storytelling". The Conference Committee is reviewing all proposals, and presenters and workshops will be announced soon. 

Plus these Arizona Tellers! - Fringe performances by Sean Buvala and Loren Russell - Workshop with Glenda Bonin!
Click here for the registration

Ted Parkhurst Receives Award

The Tejas Storeytelling Association has awarded Publisher Ted Parkhurst their Special Services Award!

This award is given occasionally to recognize the above-and-beyond kind of service to TSA and the storytelling community within the state and nation. The services of this person have made a notable impact upon the profession of storytelling as well as the visibility and contributions of the Tejas Storytelling Association.
Congratulations to Ted - my publisher!
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This Week


Journeys Storytelling Workshops...and Concert

There are currently two more Journeys Workshops scheduled.

Liz Warren will be doing a workshop on March 19th:
Stories of Adventure  (Details & Registration)

Mark Goldman will be doing a workshop on April 9th:
Beyond the Bones: Finding Creative Language for Your Story. (Details & Registration)

The sessions are held at the Shadow Rock Whole Life Center.

And several of the participants will be telling stories on April 1st. Come hear tales, some true, some tall, from friends both familiar and new. Storytellers will include folks from the monthly workshops - as well as others in the Valley storytelling community. It'll be a night all about family, friendship, love, and adventure.

Friday, April 1 at 7 pm in Smith Hall. $10 (Click here for details)
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Coming Up


Out Of The Box Storytelling
Women Storytellers
Saturday, March 26th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

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 more info

Saturday - March 26th  from 1:00 – 4:00 in PAC 740.

Storyfind is a monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire. Each session will start with a short reception to welcome new participants to the community.  
Come network with many valley storytellers and participate in this month's workshop. 
Topic: TBA
More info

AZ Live Storytelling
Estamos Aquí / We are here
Thursday - March 31st - Phoenix Art Museum

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona at South Mountain Community College - home of our partners the Storytelling Institute - for a night celebrating Latinos and their stories of school, work, friendship and family in the Valley.

Emcee: Megan Finnerty
Co-emcee: Marilyn Omifunke Torres
Featured Storytellers:
Daniel González, reporter covering immigration and Latino issues for The Arizona Republic.
Nate Romero, student, storyteller.
Laura Gomez-Rodriguez, reporter covering politics, business, and MCSO for La Voz
Marilyn Omifunke Torres, faculty at the SMCC Storytelling Institute 
Alfredo Gutierrez, longtime activist and former Arizona senator, author of "To Sin Against Hope: How America Has Failed its Immigrants."
Melissa Dunmore, community development specialist at Southwest Human Development.
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, reporter covering Governor's office for The Arizona Republic.

Doors open at 6:30 PM - stories start at 7:00 PM

Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, just contact Megan Finnerty:
Click here for tickets

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Animate Inanimate Objects

My storytelling students have finished telling their folk tales / fairytales. Now they are moving on to fact-based stories. One of the major differences between these two genres is that unless one is merely following a chronological list of events in a biography or historical story, tellers must give structure to the fact-based story.

In a previous tip, I have suggested that telling the story in "first person" from the point of view of another character in the story can be quite creative. In essence, tell Edison's story from the POV of his assistant; tell the story of 911 from the POV of a first responder; tell Ben Franklin's story from the POV of his dog (see post here).

Last week, we were discussing different possibilities in class when one of the students asked a question, "Can we tell from the point of view of an inanimate object?" - Yes! - Brilliant!

I have written before about using significant objects to build a back-story (see post here). With this question, the student is moving to a much higher level of creativity. 

Tell Lincoln's story from the point of view of the walls of the oval office. What meetings may have taken place? What conversations may not have been privy to the public? What did Lincoln do in those private moments alone? What stories could the walls tell you?

Tell a war story from the POV of a soldier's rifle. What was it like to go through basic training? How long was it before the soldier went into combat? What was it like the first time the rifle was fired in combat? What happened to the soldier the first time he actually shot at and killed the enemy?

Tell the story of Thomas Edison from the POV of the light bulb - or the tungsten filament that finally worked. "I was the one. After over 1000 different experiments, I was the one that worked. I can tell you about all the problems before he tried me!"

Betsy Ross' needle and thread; Neil Armstrong's space suit; the microphone of the devastated reporter at the Hindenburg tragedy; all of these inanimate objects could tell a very creative story about the people and events involved.

Once again, my students have amazed me. They are starting to think creatively about storytelling. Thinking about the magical possibilities of "what if". Not only are they thinking outside the box, they are thinking about speaking from the point of view of the box. I couldn't ask for more!

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Tucson House Concert - The First of Many
On Sunday, Sharon Gilbert, Maya Davila, Mark Compton and I went down to the Old Pueblo (Tucson) for a house concert with Laura Packer. What a delightful time we had, driving down and discussing story; witnessing a superb performance by Laura; visiting Glenda Bonin's Storytellers' Guest House and having dinner with Laura and Tucson teller Debra Olson-Tolar.

Laura and Mark
Photo by Sharon Gilbert

Sharon, Mark G., Maya and Mark C.
Photo by Glenda Bonin (on Sharon's phone)

The Tucson Tellers of Tales are planning more concerts! The venue is a delightful garden home where the aroma of orange blossoms waft through the old adobe arches and stone pathways. The next concert is set for Sunday, May 1st. The theme is "It's All Relative: Stories of Mothers, Fathers and Others." The tellers are Glenda Bonn, Jordan Hill and Debra Olson-Tolar.

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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

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - 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 July & August

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

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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