Monday - March 19, 2018
Issue # 306

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

Sean Buvala's Storyteller.net REBOOT

Valley storyteller, coach, author and story-preneur Sean Buvala has hit the REBOOT button for Storyteller.net, the ORIGINAL Storyteller resource website. They were on the web long before Google! He has redesigned the website and is in the long process of moving all the information and features over to the new site.

Much of the site is moved, including Sean's listing for "Find a Storyteller". YOU can get listed in this section just like other tellers from all over the country. Why should you list yourself there? Because the site is well-known and many tellers have garnered gigs from producers who have trolled on the site! Contact Sean for information.

Story on Saturday Podcast

In addition, Sean has created a new weekly (most weeks) podcast, full of short stories. It's a delightful offering of recordings of Aesop's Fables and other short-story tales. Done in Sean's inimitable style, you will not only enjoy the stories, but may learn from listening to Sean, who has been telling stories sine 1985!
Click here for the podcast compilation.


Sean has written hundreds (probably thousands) of great articles about storytelling, how to be a better teller, how to create a story, etc., etc, and so forth! One fairly recent article is about "editing yourself". What to leave in...and more importantly, what to leave out! Click here to read, A Red Pen to Improve Your Storytelling.

Mazel Tov Megan!

Yes, it's our own Megan Finnerty, Founder of the Arizona Storytellers project. Congratulations to her and fiance Vincent! He proposed at The Newton at Changing Hands, Phoenix, with Liz Warren and Mark Goldstein in attendance. A new chapter in their iives with many new stories to come! Mazel tov!

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This Week


Storyline Slam - Home

Friday - March 23rd - 7:00 pm
The Newton at Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix)

Ten storytellers share six-minute true stories based on a common theme. They are judged by the audience and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize.
Here's the line-up for The Storyline SLAM: Home. The first two spots are still open for you. Sign up at the show before it starts at 7:00pm.
3. Brianna Wilkins 
4. Jared Duran
5. Stina Sieg
6. Ted Jachimowicz
7. Brian Flatgard
8. Marilee Lasch
9. Michael Savarese
10. Laura Rutherford
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 

Storyfind: Awaken Your Inner Traditional Storyteller

Saturday - March 24 - 1PM - 3PM - 
Change of Program
 Awaken Your Inner Traditional Storyteller

with Liz Warren
SMCC Campus - PAC 740

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute. The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College. 

Awaken Your Inner Traditional Storyteller with Liz Warren
What is storytelling? Why has it become so popular? What is the role of the storyteller in a community? How can you awaken your inner “traditional storyteller”
to tell your own stories, and those of your family and community?
Join Liz to explore these questions as you find and craft a story that documents an important change in your life.


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What Stories May Come...

I have been having some strange, but extremely detailed dreams lately. My friend and publisher, Ted Parkhurst, recently had a head injury and has detailed several of his post-injury dreams. We will leave it to our therapists to interpret the meanings, but in the meantime, here's a tip form back in 2013.

Vincent van Gogh wrote

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 

What if we did the same as storytellers?

Does Morpheus bring sweet, soft colors and puffy clouds you can climb to and dance on? Or, perhaps, dark dungeons from which escape seems impossible as you scream without sound.

Whatever the case, dreams are the stuff that stories are made of. 

Night dreams OR day dreams can be the inspiration for a story. Even a nightmare can spur your creative spirit to craft a tale. Do you dream of flying; of walking on water; of slaying a dragon? Turn it into a story. Do you day dream of finding your one true love; of making tons of money; of being famous? These too can be the seeds of a great story.

When you embark on this crafting journey, you may not have the ending, or all the details. That's okay. Start with the images from your dream. Then move on to formulating the story.

The hero's journey works well for turning dreams into narratives. Begin with the character and the setting. What's the problem or challenge? What's the obstacle or struggle? How does the character deal with or overcome the odds? What crucible must they endure? What lesson(s) do they learn?

Now connect the rich images from your dream to the structure of your story.

You can even mix dreams and reality:

I had a dream the other night. I was in the...I met...I tried to...
When I awoke, I knew I had to...I wanted things to be different from my dream, so I...
In the end, what I discovered about both dreams and reality is that...

And isn't that partly what stories are about...mixing dreams with reality?

GCC STUDENTS:  For those of you who missed last week... Here's a big one. Go to LAST WEEK'S tip and do the exercise.. Then re-create the details of the two minutes with a narrative, similar to the one about my dog.  You can pick ANY two minutes of your life. E-MAIL the narrative to me in a WORD document. mark@storytellermark.com MAKE SURE YOU PROOF YOUR SPELLING AND GRAMMAR! Must be received by me no later than TUESDAY Mar 20 at 2:00 PM. Total POSSIBLE points=25.

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Do Pandas Have Guns?
One could say I am a "stickler" concerning some things in my classes. One example: I expect students to use proper grammar and spelling. They are graded on their use of there, their and they're - to, too and two - your and you're - and other improper spelling and grammar mistakes. An example of my pet peeve: "i went to the store and i bought some food." Using lowercase "i' drives me crazy!

Why am I so adamant about this? I am not an English teacher, but I believe my role is to prepare the students for "life". I believe one should use good grammar in life. "Me and my boyfriend..." is not acceptable. Please use, "My boyfriend and I..." I have always said that poor grammar and spelling reflect on who you are. And here is someone who agrees with me.

Kyle Wiens is CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, as well as founder of Dozuki, a software company dedicated to helping manufacturers publish amazing documentation. He is also a "stickler". He has written an article titled: I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. Here's what he says, in part:

If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.

...grammar is relevant for all companies. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re.

Good grammar makes good business sense — and not just when it comes to hiring writers. Writing isn’t in the official job description of most people in our office. Still, we give our grammar test to everybody, including our salespeople, our operations staff, and our programmers.
If you share these sentiments, you have either read, or should read, Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. It's the ultimate authority on punctuation!
Just a little something to ponder. 
Replace the blanks with the proper word choices from:
you're, your;
to, too;
there, their, they're
Dick and Jane are tired and and headed for home from the store.
Dick says, "I can see that ____ bags are heavy and ____ tired."
Jane says, " I think I am ____ tired ____ go on."
So, when ____ almost ____, they put down ____ bags and rested.
Click here for the entire Kyle Wiens article
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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

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

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