Monday - March 16, 2015
Issue # 151

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


Everyone gets FREE WARM DANISH
when they attend Mark Goldman's

Storytelling Language:
In Search of Your Words

Saturday, March 28th!

What you will learn:

  • LOTS - Language of the Senses
  • How to find compelling images for your story
  • How to EXPAND on those creative images
  • How to bring your images and story to life!

ONLY $27 - - - - PLUS - You can buy Mark's book for $5 OFF!
- - - - Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories - Only $12 (for attendees)

​Saturday, March 28th 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
At the home of Sandy Oglesby (near 40th & Cactus in Phoenix)
Click here for more details & registration

Pam Faro and Mark Goldman to hold Denver House Concert & Workshop

Yes, I am off to Denver to join the talented Pam Faro in a House Concert and then a Workshop!
If you are in the area, please consider attending.
















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This Week



Friday - March 20th - 10:30 pm

Storyline: Waiting to Exhale
Space 55

636 E Pierce St.
Phoenix, 85004

Telling starts at 10:30pm

Featuring: Nikki DeLeon, Dan Hoen Hull, Layal Rabat, Sharifa Rowe, Matt Storrs, Jimmie PoeticOne Ware, and your host, Rachel Sherman 

Space 55 is the Phoenix Mayor's 2014 Arts Award winner for Best Blackbox Theater

Tickets are $5.
More info here

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

One Story - Many Voices

Saturday - March 21st - 7 pm
Homewood Suites - Avondale

Take five 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. Discussion and conversation follows after the concert.
Produced by the incomparable impresario Sean Buvala!
Featured Tellers: Clem Condon, Harriet Cole, Laura Rutherford & Joyce Story.
Come for fun and learning in an entertaining evening.
Students! Come see what you can learn about storytelling as an art form.
Teachers! Be inspired as you watch the ordinary become new again and find application for your classrooms.
Storytellers! Join the discussion afterwards to look at how you might use this process for fresh new ideas of your own.
More Info & Tickets

Glendale Festival

Saturday & Sunday - March 21 & 22

West Side Story Tellers will be presenting a 30 min. storytelling program at the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival on Sat. March 21 @ 11:30 a.m.

If you haven't been to the festival, it's a fun and eye-opening experience. There is SO MUCH talent, musical and otherwise, being showcased over two days right here in our own back yard. 

Our own Joyce Story will be presenting her own 30 min. program at the festival on Sunday Mar. 22  @ 1:30 p.m.

More info

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Coming Up


Five Star Feast
Thursday - March 26th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Five Start Feast at Community Christian Church

Enjoy the ambiance & atmosphere of a Five Star restaurant---& a simple, nourishing meal that would be a veritable feast for the 2.2 billion people who live on less than $2/day. Our nutritious but minimal meal will include five courses---“amuse-bouche”, salad, soup, a main course of beans & rice and a simple dessert. 

Storytellers will tell stories about food from around the world and musicians will entertain us while we dine.
We invite participants to make a donation similar to what you would spend for a dinner at an upscale restaurant as a fundraiser for outreach ministries at Community Christian Church that feed the hungry and refresh the thirsty (Interfaith Housing Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), Paz de Cristo and Humane Borders).
More info

Out Of The Box Storytelling
Women Storytellers
Saturday, March 27th - 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 details

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Questions Can Ground You in the Story

Master storyteller Donald Davis has said, “Storytelling is the way we move important pictures from our head to someone else’s head ... and you can never spend too much time describing the scene if you want people to see your picture.”

When I was a Psychodrama therapist, the major portion of what we asked clients to do was to “play out” a scene (using members of the group) that would show us part of the “story of their life.” People who had never seen this process often wondered, “How can you do that? How do you know what actually went on; what the other people in their lives were like; what everyone said?”
We developed a series of questions to ask the client to get the information we needed. I have found that these questions can help storytellers ground themselves and help them to actually see the characters and the scene – before they begin to craft the story. The answers to them can then be shared in the story in describing to the audience, the People and Place.
Here are the questions. 
How old is this person?
What do they look like?
What kind of work do they do?
Describe their personality in just a few words.
Describe their relationship to (each other person) in just a few words.
Where does the scene take place?
Describe what is here; what does the space look like?
Is there some object here that is significant (to each of the characters)?
Describe the object and why it is significant (see another tip about using significant objects).
Try it out. You can certainly expand on these questions. They should give you a solid grounding in the back-story of each character.
Answer all the questions for each PLACE and each PERSON. Now you should have a head full of images that you can describe to the audience ... a story!
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Let's Rally 'Round Lady D
Friends and colleagues. Our community of storytelling here in the Phoenix Area has been growing stronger for many years. In addition to great storytelling, we have come together for some great causes, and now is another one of those times.

For many years now, Diana Monell (aka "Lady D") has been battling breast cancer. She had been in remission, and now it has re-occurred for a third time. She has many old and new bills, and needs the help and support of our community to raise funds to assist with her massive medical expenses.

Your help will be gratefully appreciated.  If you cannot donate, Diana says, "I accept prayer, it works!"
Link for donations

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

Loren Russell at Wild Horse Pass
Every Thursday-Friday-Saturday of each month - 6:00 PM - Through March 21st

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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 June, July & August

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

Homebase Poetry
Last Sunday of each month - Phoenix

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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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