Monday - March 5, 2018
Issue # 304

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

ORACLE Award Submissions Due March 15th

NSN is proud to annually recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to storytelling.

Since their inception in 1995, the ORACLE Awards have been presented by the National Storytelling Network to those who have excelled in their art, or made significant contributions to storytelling, NSN or its members.
The ORACLE can be an award given for:
O rganization/Originality
R eliability
A chievements
C reativity
L eadership
E xcellence
in the Storytelling Community

Regional Service and Leadership Awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to their local or regional storytelling community and/or have used storytelling to make a significant contribution to the larger community in which they live.

The Western Region includes these states: Idaho, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming

Some of the past local recipients have been:

South Mountain College
Don Doyle
Sheila Pattison
Sean Buvala

Lorraine Calbow
LynnAnn Wojciechowicz
Liz Waren

Do you know someone in your community that you believe should be nominated? if so, you must fill out the forms, write a letter of recommendation, and find three other people to write letters of recommendation for the person. That's all. So go for it!
Learn more with this link to the Oracle Awards Submission Packet

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This Week


Flutterfest - Storytelling About Pollinators

Friday, Saturday & Sunday - March 9, 10 &11 - 9 AM - 2 PM
Desert Botanical Gardens - Phoenix

A new spring family festival is alighting in the Botanical Garden, filling the trails with stories and song. Hear tales about nature, make a treat for butterflies and other fluttery friends, visit the butterfly exhibit and dance like you have wings to live music. There will be lots to learn about pollinators and our natural environment and many fun surprises in store.

The SMCC Storytelling Institute is presenting THREE DAYS of storytelling on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 9, 10, and 11. The stories will be about pollinators: bats, bees, birds, butterflies, and the wind.  They will do 5 half-hour sessions each day, and each session will be devoted to one of the pollinators.

Open to the public on Saturday & Sunday. Friday is a separate day for special needs children. Come join the fun!

Here's the Schedule:

9:30 Bats
10:30 Bees
11:30 Birds
12:30 Butterflies
1:30 Wind

If you would like to tell, please let Liz Warren know.  They have assembled a good collection of stories for each session for you to choose from.
E-mail Liz

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, March 10th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Stylish Stories

Wednesday - March 14, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Fashion goes beyond clothing. It can be a statement of who we are and how we want the world to see us. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night celebrating self-expression in the Great Hall at Phoenix Art Muse

Each ticket includes free entry to the famed Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion exhibit. Read more about the collection: http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/iris-van-herpen

Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Jeanne Hankerson, founder and designer of  SJ Couture.

Featured tellers: 

Megan Finnerty and Vince Malouf
Elia Simon
Kimball Allen
Justin Bless
Loren Aragon

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, contact info@storytellersproject.com. 

Info & Tickets

Love, Loss & The Stories We Tell - with Laura Packer - A Teleconference
Wednesday March 14th - Teleconference
at 6pm Pacific - 7pm Mountain - 8pm Central - 9pm Eastern

If you love, you will grieve. Whether you lose a job you loved, a relationship you cherished, a person who made your heart sing, or a way of life, loss is woven into the fabric of our lives. It is part of the common language we all share. Grief is a universal response to loss and is healed by experiencing it and talking about it. Join Laura Packer as she shares her experiences using storytelling and writing to help her mend from a devastating loss, eventually leading to work using story as a tool to understand and integrate grief.
Laura Packer knows the best way to the truth is through a good story. A performing storyteller, writer, consultant, and coach, Laura has used the transformative power of writing and story to entertain, enlighten, solve problems and heal  from the 2014 loss of her husband. She has worked around the world. For more information please visit laurapacker.com.
Call in Number: (605) 475-4749
And after dialing, when prompted, all countries then dial in the Participant Access Code: 640709#

GCC STUDENTS: Read the following blog from Laura Packer regarding grief and the loss of her husband:
Write at least a TWO PARAGRAPH response including both your thoughts AND FEELINGS (NOT just fluff! I will be grading hard on this one). Send it to me via e-mail before 2 pm on Tuesday. Total possible points: 15

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Two Visits

Two Visits to the Same Place – A Story Prompt from Kevin Kling

This exercise connects with the storytellers’ adage that each time you tell a story, it’s a little different. The audience is different. You are different. It can never be exactly the same.

Think of a place you have been to. Then think what it was like to visit that place? Who else was there? What was the day like, the weather, the sky? Think of how you felt there. Describe the sensory details involved: touch; taste; smell; sight; hearing. How did it all make you feel inside? What emotions grabbed you, or poured out? How long did you stay? What was it like to leave? Think of all that…

Then, think of another time when you visited that same place. What was THAT time like? Perhaps you were alone, or with different people? Perhaps the weather was different…or maybe the temperature. Perhaps you had different food? How was the visit different or similar to the other time?

Tell us a story about your experience(s).

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The San Diego Connection
Here's what's going on in San Diego in March. 

Ecliple "Good Fortune", March 7th, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

"First Wednesday," storytelling with Marilyn McPhie, Mindy Donner, Arlyn Hackett, and Jim Dieckmann telling traditional folktales, literary tales and personal stories at Eclipse Chocolate, 2145 Fern Street, 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5 
Event Flyer

Eclipse Chocolate website, info and map       phone  (619) 578-2984 

Festival 8th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival, March 17th, Encinitas Library, 10:00am- 6:00pm 

For children, families and adults, with storytelling concerts, workshops, open mic,  FREE

Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Event poster .pdf           Festival Schedule. pdf

Jim Hinton "St. Patrick's Day, Stories and Songs," Encinitas Library, March 17th, 7:30pm

Sponsored by San Diego Folk Heritage, with Jim Hinton, South Side Players and the Storytellers of San Diego at the Encinitas Library following the Storytelling Festival, $18 general public, $15 members of SDFH, SSD
link to ticket information

Cathleen "Native Life at the Lagoon and Storytelling," with Cathleen Chilcote-Wallace, March 10th, 9--11am, Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Cente

7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, FREE
Cathleen's website 

Mrs. Roosevelt "Tea with Mrs. Roosevelt," portrayed by Annette Hubbell, March 10th, 2pm, California Center for the Arts, Escondido

California Center for the Arts, Studio 1, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, $20, OASIS program
Annette's website

Marilyn McPhie "Westward Ho! Tales from the Trails, March 14th. 1pm, San Marcos Historical Society

1952 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos, 92069, OASIS program,  $12
Marilyn's website

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, March 21st, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website

Randall McGee Randall McGee as Hans Christian Andersen, March 16th, 7:30pm, City Heights Performance Annex

A one man show by visiting artist, Randall McGee, 3795 Fairmont Ave, San Diego, 92105, FREE


Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, March 13th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Keeping Up"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
March 28th, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, March 17th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Beast Mode,"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website

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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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