Monday, March 7, 20116
Issue # 202

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

Laura Packer - House Concert in Tucson


Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller, Speaker, and Workshop Presenter Laura Packer will present a house concert on Sunday, March 13th. “True Stories, Honest Lies,” will take place in a beautiful downtown Tucson garden. It will be a delightful hour-long storytelling concert with a sampling of some of her favorites from personal to traditional, original fiction to improv and beyond. 

Several of us are CAR-POOLING to Tucson! E-Mail Mark and we will get a total nummber and coordinate cars!

When: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Doors open at 4:00 pm, the show will start at 4:30 pm
Where: 222 E 14th Street (CLICK FOR MAP)
Suggested Donation: $8 per person
Laura Packer knows that the best way to the truth is through a good story. Whether folktale or true, epic or flash, her stories captivate and amuse audiences in venues as varied as schools and theaters, assisted living facilities and arts festivals, private events and on the streets. Laura has told, taught, ranted, raved, consulted and considered storytelling around the world. When she isn’t telling, she runs venues, coaches, writes, and helps people and organizations find their stories, hone their vision and use their voices to make the world a better place.
For her story and more, go to www.laurapacker.com. For her blog go to www.truestorieshonestlies.blogspot.com. And to learn more about her organizational storytelling work go to www.thinkstory.com.
For questions or more information, call Glenda Bonin, (520) 629-0270.

Only Two Slots Left for England Tour!

Have you always wanted to visit these historic sites in Merry Old England?

Canterbury Cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral

Oxford Storytelling Museum

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Infamous Poundland

We have just TWO SLOTS AVAILABLE! - Join me for the Historical, Hysterical Storytelling England Tour.
Just TEN WEEKS away! - The dates are May 15th - May 25th.

More info here.

NSN Conference 2016 - Earlybird Special Pricing!

NOW is the time to start making arrangements! Register for the 2016 National Storytelling Conference by May 12, 2016. 

The 2016 NSN Storytelling Conference will once again be held in Kansas City, July 21-24, 2016. The theme for the conference is "Spotlight on Storytelling". The Conference Committee is reviewing all proposals, and presenters and workshops will be announced soon. 

Plus these Arizona Tellers! - Fringe performances by Sean Buvala and Loren Russell - Workshop with Glenda Bonin!
Click here for the registration

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This Week


World Folktale Throwdown at Estrella Mountain

World Folktale Throwdown - Coming to Estrella Mountain on
March 7th - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This fast-paced event will cover folktales from A - Z. Featuring 26 tellers, each having just 3 minutes to present their tale. The audience will vote for their favorites. 

Free and open to the public!
More info here

The Heart of It All

Monday, March 7th - 7:00 PM

Singer, songwriter, Storyteller Nancy Elliott presents The Heart of It All, a fun and evocative program overflowing with stories, songs and poems about everyday lives {not guaranteed to be entirely true!} arranged in a format designed to inspire and encourage you to tell your story. 

Through the spoken or written word, music or the arts, storytelling brings us closer together with better understanding and sparks the imagination. Storytelling waters the seeds of personal growth and healing, and it's pretty darn entertaining, too! 
Everyone has a story, and every story matters. Yes, even your story! Your story can change a heart, even save a life. I've seen it happen..
Central Arizona College
Superstition Mountain Campus
F115 Community Classroom
805 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction, Arizona 85119
Phone 480.677.7700

Loren Russell Tells This Week

Local Storyteller and flute player Loren Russell will be telling at several AZ locations this week.

Thursday 3/10 - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort @ 6:00pm
Friday 3/11 - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort @ 6:00pm.
Sunday March 13 - Tucson Festival of Books @ 11:30am. on the U of A campus.

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, March 12th ~ 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.
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


Journeys Storytelling Workshops...and Concert
There are currently two more Journeys Workshops scheduled.

Liz Warren will be doing a workshop on March 19th:
Stories of Adventure  (Details & Registration)

Mark Goldman will be doing a workshop on April 9th:
Beyond the Bones: Finding Creative Language for Your Story. (Details & Registration)

The sessions are held at the Shadow Rock Whole Life Center.

And several of the participants will be telling stories on April 1st. Come hear tales, some true, some tall, from friends both familiar and new. Storytellers will include folks from the monthly workshops - as well as others in the Valley storytelling community. It'll be a night all about family, friendship, love, and adventure.

Friday, April 1 at 7 pm in Smith Hall. $10 (Click here for details)
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Is Your Story “Kitchen Tested”?

Many tellers have said that stories need to "simmer" or "percolate". Sean Buvala’s book, Measures of Story, uses a whole range (get it, range) of metaphors for following the recipe of story crafting (read or hear Sean read the first chapter of his book for free, here). In the past, I have said one must take their story and “salt to taste” depending on your various audiences.

Here’s another “cooking” metaphor for stories. Is it kitchen tested?
Simmering and percolating denotes that one may let the story “sit with you” for a while. Let it roll around your head and see what happens as you breathe in the aroma of the tale. But there is another option.
Have you ever “created” a recipe? I mean actually started from scratch and created your own version of a dish? Baking is the best metaphor I can think of here. Have you tried changing it “just a little” each time you made it? Add a little more baking powder, or a little less? Changed from cinnamon to ginger? Added vanilla extract, or almond? Have you tested it over-and-over again until you get the exact results you want? I think you get the picture.
Have you tried that with your story? Have you told it in many different ways? Perhaps you have told it to friends or family, or in a story circle? Have you tried a different opening line, or closing line? Added a scene, or deleted a scene? Have you asked colleagues to “taste” the story and let you know what they think? Have you tested it over-and-over again until you get the exact results you want? Your story will also evolve and change as you tell it to audiences. Each performance will change slightly as your listeners sit down to savor what you are serving. Testing out all the different possibilities in your “storytelling kitchen” can let you know that your recipe works!
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Mark's Kitchen-Tested No-Flour Oatmeal Pancakes
Having Type II Diabetes (and having had a heart atack) means I have to try to avoid white flour and sugar (and fat) as much as possible. So I searched on the internet and found some recipes for one of my favorites - pancakes. I found several, but didn’t fully like them, so I began “kitchen testing” and tweaking them until I created the recipe that I liked the best. I cooked and ate (and threw out) dozens of pancakes before I perfected the recipe)

½ Cup of ground oatmeal (use a coffee mill, blender or processor)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
3 egg whites, beaten till frothy
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce (this makes them brown)
¼ cup water (or milk, or almond milk)
Combine oatmeal, baking powder and baking soda.
In a separate bowl, whip egg whites with a whisk, vigorously for about 1 minute, until frothy. 
Add egg whites to the oatmeal mixture and stir until incorporated.
Add the vanilla, applesauce, milk, then stir.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Heat pan or griddle until a few drops of cold water “dance and pop” on the surface.
Oil if not a nonstick pan or if needed.
Pour 1/3 cup of batter on to the griddle.
If you want thinner pancakes, immediately shake and swirl the griddle to make the pancake a little thinner and more spread out.

Cook for about 1 & ½ minutes (approximately) until bubbles form and the edges of the pancake begin to dry.
Flip pancake and cook for about another minute, until you see steam coming off pancake. (top of pancake will feel springy). Make 2 more pancakes in the same manner.
Serve with fruit and/or Cary's (or any other) Sugar Free Syrup - 281 calories. Makes 3 (5-7 inch) pancakes. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!
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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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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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