Monday, March 23, 2015
Issue # 152

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

What I Did On Spring Break

I had a great week with friend, colleague, storyteller and workshop partner Pam Faro!

  • Schmoozed a lot.
  • Had a great dinner with Pam's husband Keith & friends.
  • Attended and told at a story swap.
  • Had lots of naps.
  • Saw the new Cinderella movie (and we both loved it!)
  • Presented a House Concert Friday night for 17 listeners.
  • Presented and all-day workshop on Saturday.
  • Played some crazy board games Saturday night.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the whole week!

Storytelling Language: In Search of Your Words

THIS SATURDAY, March 28th!

Join Mark Goldman for this NEW workshop as he takes you step-by-step through exercises that will help you find creative imagery and compelling language that make your story more memorable and longer-lasting for your audiences.

This workshop will focus on YOU and YOUR creativity!
Discover how to unlock the images and language 
-------...that exist inside of you!

Turn She couldn't see through the fog into
...The mist was a sea of haze that clouded not only her vision, but her mind.

Turn He was afraid into...
...His fear was like a huge vise that had him so tight in its grip he could not move.

Turn She smiled into...
...Her lips arched upward and spread a brilliant glow across the room.

------------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

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This Week


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 28th - 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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Coming Up


Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday,April 2nd
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: RULES
More info coming soon.

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, April 4th ~ 10am - Noon
The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

They have BRAND NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/ - Check it out!

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


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Don't Wait for Carnegie Hall!

We all know the old joke about the young man with a violin case, who seems to be lost on the streets of New York, asks an older man, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" He replies, "Practice, practice, practice!"

The sentiment is true. In order to perform in the larger venues, one must practice, and be practiced. So here's a tip...start small.

House concerts, like the one I did with Pam Faro this last week in Colorado, are a perfect way to get known and practice your craft in front of an audience. These house concerts are different from a guild meeting or story circle, because you are not just practicing with friends, you are performing!

Unlike renting a theatre, or paying for a breakout room in a hotel, or finding a coffee shop that works, the costs are little or nothing. You might need some extra chairs (ask people to bring their own folding or "camp" chairs). You can provide snacks or drinks, or ask folks to BYOBeverages. You can charge a small fee ($3-$5), and break even, or perhaps donate some of the funds (charge a little extra) to charity (a great incentive for people to attend).

It's easy to promote, use e-mail and social media to invite friends, and friends of friends. You could do the whole evening yourself, or have several tellers. You are in control.

As you can see from the photo on the right, its different from performing on a stage. The audience is "up close and personal." This is also a good way to practice "reading the crowd". You will definitely know whether they like your telling when they are only five feet away!

If you start small, in both numbers and space, you have little to lose...and a lot to learn!

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TSA - Different Strokes
At the Phoenix airport, the TSA screener proclaimed, "Leave your belts and shoes on, leave EVERYTHING in your bag, leave nothing in your pockets".

The "pocket" thing is always a hassle, but if you prepare for it by bringing a small ziploc bag and put all your pocket stuff in it BEFORE you approach the security gate, it's easier to manage. The belt and shoe thing was a welcome and comforting statement as there is usually a guy in front of me who has spilled his coffee and I ALWAYS step right in it, while my pants are inching down my hips!

A little different at the Denver airport. First, as there is one "terminal" that then leads to all the concourses, there is only ONE security section that everyone goes though. But here, it's a different story. The TSA lady is announcing to us, "Take off your belts and shoes; take out any computers or laptops; (and my favorite) NO HUMUS OR PEANUT BUTTER".

What? No humus? No peanut butter? What's the deal here? Do they think someone will try to hide a weapon embedded inside a jar of that gooey stuff? Or do they believe a terrorist will try to blind the pilot with a shmear of ground peanuts or chickpeas?

It just seemed strange to announce that these two spreadable foods were verboten! Hey, what about regular butter, cream cheese or even jam? In any case, I had neither, so I didn't have to worry about that. And there was no spilt coffee or water or tea on the floor...but my pants were still inching down my hips. Oh well.

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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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