Monday, March 17, 2014
Issue # 99

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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 TODAY
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)
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Fringe Performers Set
The Fringe Performers have been set and contracted. Several AZ tellers are included. 
Click here for names and full descriptions
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This Week


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” an evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling.
More Info

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Coming Up


Next Monday - Issue #100!
I need your help!

Next week will be issue number 100 for this newsletter. A milestone, even if I do say so myself. Yes, I have been putting out the newsletter with Events, Tips and Tidbits for almost two years, every Monday for 100 weeks!

How should I/we celebrate? Please e-mail me with your thoughts about this newsletter, what you like, don't like, what was your favorite tip or tidbit, what you would like to see in the future and any suggestions as to how the 100th issue should be noted, if at all. 

If they're appropriate, I will post them here next week. Let's see what comes up...

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Wag First - Then Bark

There's a standard phrase in storytelling: "Show, don't tell."

I know that sounds a bit funny, since we call what we do, story "telling". But the truth of the matter is that a good storyteller will "show" us what's going on first and then the words come. This is also what good actors do, and we should try to emulate them.

Think about a dog. When a dog is happy to see you, the first thing it does is wag its tail. Actually, when my dog is happy to see me, she wags her whole body. Her tail is going. Her feet are tapping. Her head is going from side to side. She can't sit still. And if I do tell her to sit, she sits...but her whole body is still shaking, as if she is going to burst!

That's what storytellers should do too. If you were telling the story of what happened when you came home, you could merely say, "My dog was excited to see me." Or...
You could SHOW us how excited your dog was FIRST. BE your dog. Let us see the excitement and anticipation in the dog. Often, you won't even have to say the words. We see it, we know what is happening.

Sometimes, these actions are quite subtle. It might just be the beginning of a smile, or your eyes opening wider, or taking a breath. Often, the action starts just a fraction of a second before you TELL us. You begin to crack a smile...as it gets bigger, you continue by telling us, "Her face grew brighter as her smile filled the room." If you merely say the words without the actions, and without the intonation of your voice, the story falls flat.

So wag your tail first. Tap your feet first, Shake your head first. Then bark. Then tell us, "Oh she was so happy to see me! She knew that every time I came home...she got a treat!"

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The Tellin' O' The Green
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Once again, my friend and colleague Karen Langford Chace has done a marvelous job of gathering stories and fun bits for the Wee Ones for St. Patrick's Day -
Check it out by clicking the link below.

And by the way...don't forget that her site is SEARCHABLE! Type in the search box, "St. Patrick's Day" and you will get another great page with more info and more stories!
Click here for Karen's site.

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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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