Monday - March 26, 2018
Issue # 307

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Early Bird Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit!

Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit is NOW OPEN! NSN is offering a special early bird discount for a limited time only, so don’t wait, register today! The Storytelling Summit will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, July 26-28, 2018.

The 2018 Summit theme is “Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories.” The Summit is a great chance to see over 20 performances, award-winning keynote speakers and participate in over 25 workshops over a four-day period, conducted by the “cream-of-the-crop” of storyteller presenters. Also come join as we honor our top Storytellers with our International ORACLE Awards on Saturday, July 28 at noon.
The vision of the Summit is to bring together all the individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions who seek to advance their skills, knowledge and showcase their talent from across the world. It is also a great time to see old friends and meet new ones through our networking events, that will encourage sharing information, mentoring, long-lasting collaborations and friendships. You will meet individuals using storytelling in all of its forms and mediums at the National Storytelling Summit.

Click here for more information and REGISTRATION

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This Week


Got an Event? Let Me Know

There are no events listed for this week (other than normal weekly events). Do you have an event coming up? Make sure you let me know so I can put it on the calendar and post it in the Newsletter! Here is a form to let me know:


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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Mythic
Thursday, April 5th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Series: "Mythic"
Mythology is the movement of stories and images across time and space, carrying our souls with it.- Phil Cousineau
Have you ever felt as if youve pissed off a god? Ever gone on a quest or ventured into another dimension? Are you, or do you know a trickster, a hero or a creator? Have you ever felt divine inspiration? If so, youve touched the realm of the Mythic.
Curated by Steven Braun
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.
Storytellers include:
Ana Gaskin 
Mel Blumenthal 
Lynette Miller 
Miles Schneiderman
Bella Vivante’s

Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, April 7th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Caritas Center for Healing
330 E 16th Street, TUCSON.

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

The topic: “Developing a Personal Story.” The presenter is Penelope Starr, founder of Odyssey Storytelling.                                                      
Members of Tellers of Tales attend events for free, visitors are asked to donate $5 to participate.
Workshop details: Be inspired! Practice telling a personal story from a prompt in this 2-hour experiential workshop. Improve skills and build confidence with coaching and peer feedback. Experience telling with a microphone, as time allows. Do not miss this chance to learn from one of Tucson’s most popular storytelling event producers, and learn more about her book – The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events.
More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 629-0270

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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, April 7th ~ 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.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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The Storyteller’s Crucible: Finding a Personal Story

Reprinted from Tell Me Something Good - Oral Storytelling Blog,  (with permission of the author...Me!)


1: a vessel used for melting a substance with a high degree of heat
2: a severe test 
3: a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development [My note here – a good story!]

“More weight.” These are the last words of Giles Corey in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. He was “pressed” with heavy stones to make him confess to crimes of witchcraft. Each time he cried out, “More weight.” And the last stone crushed his chest. – Now there’s a story!

And there’s the problem!

Most of us believe that we have to have gone through some sort of tremendous, terrifying, earth-shaking, life-changing “crucible” in our lives before we can craft a good story. (Read Marian Giannatti’s post about "who would listen to my story")

But wait…here’s the good news. Personal stories are not just about the horrific, larger-than-life, oh-my-god moments. They don’t have to be like that. And here’s the best part, they probably SHOULDN’T be like that!

Those “I shot the sheriff”, “I was a foreign spy”, “I fell into the volcano” stories may be interesting to hear, but they are not the stories that most of your audiences will be able to RELATE to. And that’s the real key to a good personal story. It should be universal and relatable.

Universal means that your story is about widespread, common feelings; emotions that most people have experienced and can say, “Yeah, I’ve felt like that!” That’s what you want. You want them to nod their heads in acknowledgement and think, “Yup, for sure, I’ve been there!” Not that their own experience must be exactly like yours, but the more they can relate to the feelings and metaphorical situations you share, the better the connection between them and you.

So, for storytellers, the real crucible is coming up with a simple, relatable story and crafting it in a way that will connect with your audience. Themes of falling in love; falling out of love; unrequited love (do you see a theme here?); the joy and fear of the first day on a job; the desire and uneasiness of wanting to fit in and be accepted; overcoming the fear that you are a fraud. Overcoming those internal struggles can be even more daunting than falling into that volcano!

These and other seemingly ordinary struggles to survive may be the ones that have been quietly resting inside your audience, ready to be awakened and perhaps enlightened by your story.

Don’t think you have to have climbed Mount Everest; tell us the story of how you conquered your fears by climbing Piestewa Peak. We’ll be there with you, all the way to the top!

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Potato Latkes...Feed Your Soul!
This is the week! The first night of Passover is this Friday, March 30th. Then Easter is Sunday April 1st (but certainly NOT April Fools). It's spring! The orange blossoms are in full bloom and their sweet fragrance fills the air. It reminds me that it's the time of my Sister's and Mother's birthdays. And I am reminded of all "Latke" parties my friends and I had!

Latkes are traditionally made at Hannukah, but we also made them around Passover and early spring. We would gather at the house of one of our group, bring games and the fixins for potato latkes and spend the whole day playing, cooking and eating! There were usually no latkes left when we were done for the day.

I found the recipe at the right online. I have a couple of changes but loved Bubbe's video. I particularly like her differentiation between the candle oil that lasted eight days, and the Mazola cooking oil.

The first change is that instead of a food processor, I use a box grater for a little more rustic feel and taste. ALSO, salt and pepper TO TASTE. I use NO PEPPER. Sometimes I add in finely chopped or minced green onions

Next, don't add the flour into the whole mixture yet. First, dredge the shredded potatoes in flour to dry them off even more. then, if you need a little more flour as a binder, then add some more till the mixture is not soupy. 

Serve with sour cream and/or applesauce.

BTW...Bubbe is NOT her name. Bubbe means Grandma!

A zissen Pesach to all!

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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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