March 21, 2016
Issue # 204

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

New Book from Lorraine Calbow

The Community of Lightbearers:
Seven Stories of Reclaiming Wonder and Delight

One of the co-founders of the SMCC Storytelling Institute, Lorraine Calbow, has recently published another book. 

She has previously pwritten three nonfiction books--This Little Light of Mine, Seeking the Light Within, and Smarly's Adventures--and co-authored The Art of Fine Whining or How Lori Lew Wrote Her Own Fortune Cookie with Neil Weiner, PhD.

Now, her love of people's stories, metaphors, and parables led her to reconnect with her own inner child of wonder and delight. The Community of Lightbearers: Seven Stories of Reclaiming Wonder and Delight is her first novel.

LynnAnn Wojciechowicz, another co-founder of the Institute, said this about the book:

This uplifting book is loaded with truths--shared as insights by main characters and as lessons in the numerous fables, folktales, and myths succinctly sprinkled throughout the book. 

See more here

Storytelling World Awards - 2016

Congratulations to these storytellers and colleagues who have won a 2016 Storytelling World Award.

Story By Story
Karen Chace

The Killdeer
Michael Cotter

The Ravenous Gown
Steffi Raff

Tales of the Sonoran Desert
Joyce Story
Stone Angel
Jane Yolen

Adam Booth

Jumpimg on Grandma's Plastic Covered Couch
Linda Gorham

Storyteller's Sampler
Margaret Read McDonald

See the entire list

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This Week


Out Of The Box Storytelling

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. 
Create your own pourquoi story – led by Liz Warren!
This month’s Storyfind is devoted to creating Pourquoi stories. Pourquoi means "why" in French and porquoi stories are origin stories – little myths – that explain why something is the way it is - like why a snake has no legs, or why a tiger has stripes.
Liz will supply templates and short “biographies” of desert animals and plants as the raw materials for the new stories.  Don’t miss it! 

More info

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Coming Up


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

Journeys Storytelling Concert at Whole Life Center

April 1st - 7:00 PM
Come hear tales, some true and some tall, from friends both familiar and new. Storytellers will include folks from our monthly workshops - as well as others in the Valley storytelling community. It'll be a night all about family, friendship, love, and adventure.
Fee: $10
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Six Word Stories

Can you tell a story in six words? According to storytelling lore, Hemingway did it with the ad at right - For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

It's a great exercise to see if you can distill your story down to just six words. I have done this with my students with some amazing results. Sometimes, it takes a little coaching to help them focus in on the essence.

Previously, I have spoken about describing your story in ONE SENTENCE. Now, see if you can make it even shorter. Here are some examples:

Played golf. Boss won. Kept job. (I think that was Karen Chace)
Beauty loves Beast. Curse is lifted.
Simpleton plants beans. Giant is defeated.
Princess defeats dragon. Ditches obnoxious prince. (The Paper Bag Princess)
Friends finally visit. Go home tired. (Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle)

Try it yourself. You may need to use a thesaurus. See if you can distill the essence and use only six words.
(P.S. If you get down to seven or even eight, you're doing great!)


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Stories Without Words
Just for fun (watch it without sound first - you'll still laugh)

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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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