Monday - March 6, 2017
Issue # 253

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Services for Loren Russell

A Visitation will be held from 3-7 PM, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Memorial Hall, 9849 East Earl Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona. A Graveside Service will begin at 9:00 AM, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Lower Santan Day School Cemetery, SR 87 & Santan Day School Road, Santan, Arizona. 

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Rez Dawg Rescue @ https://squareup.com/store/rezdawgrescuedonations or Friends of the Smokies @ 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Click here for a map & directions for the graveside service
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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting

Saturday, March 11 ~ 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 looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.

Start the New Year off with a great morning of storytelling with one of the most supportive groups in the Valley!
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


StoryRise in Avondale
Sean Buvala has another StoryRise Event
Saturday - March 18th - 6 pm
Boon Garden

214 W Western Ave
Avondale 85323 US

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6PM
“Stories of Transformation”
An Outdoor Concert of Storytelling
Celebrating Spring and World Storytelling Day!
BoonGarden, Avondale Arizona.
Are things as they always appear? If something is something, can it be another something? Do my eyes deceive me? Does the first bite give you the whole taste? Can “they” bring you down or can you rise above? Using world folktales, fables and a smattering of personal stories, our team of local and world-class storytellers gives you something to think about this World Storytelling Day, all with Spring just around the corner. Discussion with Q&A follows.
Sandy Oglesby
Harriet Cole
Marian Giannatti
Sean Buvala
StoryRise is a 90-minute fringe-theater, house-concert style performance and discussion. Join us for this outdoor event in a working garden. Suggested donation is $8. Your donation offsets costs for storytellers and for the Boon Garden expenses. Thanks in advance.
Event is outdoors in a working garden. Bring on the sensible shoes. Dress for Arizona Spring, right?
Refreshments available for purchase.


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Build Your Story from the Inside Out

Quite often, when crafting a story, we may be limited on the time we have to tell. It is often necessary to "cut out" parts of the story that we "love". This can be difficult.

Recently, one of my students came to me and complained that she would not be able to perform her story in the required time limit of 5 - 8 minutes. She had "tried and tried, but just couldn't cut out any more" of her story. Each time I attempted to elicit what she might need to "let go of" she attempted to "tell" me all of the words of the story that she felt were necessary. I didn't want to hear the story, I wanted her to focus on the "elements" or "chunks" of the story. We seemed to be getting nowhere.

Her story was the recent Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, called, Maleficent. I wanted to ask her to tell me what the story was about in just a few sentences, sort of, "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl." I hesitated, as I felt she still was not focusing enough. So I asked her to tell me in ONE sentence, what the story was about.

She thought for a moment and then said, "It's about how Maleficent's faith in humankind is restored." Great! That's the core, the essence. Now, rather than having to "cut down", we can build more from the inside out.

What questions do we need to answer in order to flesh out the narrative?

How is her faith restored? - Through Aurora's love and innocence.
  - If her faith is restored, that means she lost it, or it was destroyed at some point.
How was it Destroyed? - She was betrayed by her lover and her wings were cut off.
How did she feel and what did she do? - She was enraged and she put a curse on his child, Aurora.
After the curse, why was she intrigued by or drawn to Aurora?

What brought about the next piece, etc.

As each question is answered, another piece of the story/puzzle unfolds until all of the questions are answered from beginning to end. Now, she has all of the important elements of the story and only has to decide how much description goes with each. She has built her story from the inside out vs. the other way around.

So, next time you are struggling with how to cut your story down, try the reverse. Try building it one step at-a-time from the inside out!

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Four Sentence Storytelling
And speaking of focusing in storytelling...did you read last week's Wednesday Words from Sean Buvala? What, you aren't getting his e-mails and newsletter? You should!

Last week's missive was about telling your business story in four sentences.

I am still a believer that "elevator speeches" are dead. They should be replaced by storytelling. 
This is not the storytellingism that the corporate guru brought to your company, but actual, respectful and told with (not at) your audience type storytelling. This storytelling is a framed-by-truth, lightly-touched-by-emotion real story. 
The problem is most people see their core stories as too long to tell in the short space of an elevator speech. Here is an exercise for you...

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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

Chatterbox Open 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 - *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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