Monday, March 9, 2015
Issue # 150

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

The Times, They Are a Changin' (But Not For AZ)

Everyone ELSE in the United States turned their clocks back one hour yesterday. Not Arizona. We stay true to our stubborn nature, and hang on to NOT saving light, and not saving HEAT. Just in case you are a little confused about all this every time it rolls around, here is a map of the time zones during Daylight Savings Time.


TOMORROW! - Delux Storyteller Luncheon

Join Colorado storyteller Pam Faro and me at Delux (32nd & Camelback) for a fun lunch at 1:15, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10.

Pam will be in town to do a series of Lenten Storytelling Programs for the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in Scottsdale, AZ. (see article below).

We're meeting for lunch at DELUX on the northwest corner of 32nd Street & Camelback. Very informal, but we would love to have storytellers join us for good eats and chit chat! They have great burgers, salads and vegetarian options.

Please e-mail me if you are coming so I can reserve space! The restaurant actually has a nice conference room for up to ten people.


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This Week


Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

Pam Faro to Present Lenten Storytelling Program in Scottsdale

Storyteller and Colleague Pam Faro will be doing a 3-Day Lenten Storytelling Program for the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in Scottsdale, AZ

2015 Lenten Mission: Imagination and the Journey toward the Fullness of Life

Morning and evening sessions each day will be the same presentation. Come to whichever sessions you can, whether it’s one or all three! Light refreshments will be served each morning at 8:30. Dinner will be served at 5:30 each evening. Special guests from St. Martin de Porres parish will join us Wednesday evening for dinner!

Day 1: Monday, March 9th - 9am & 6:30pm
Story Journey – The Creative Imagination and Spiritual Discipline of Biblical Storytelling
Day 2: Tuesday, March 10th  - 9am & 6:30pm
The Footsteps of Discipleship
Day 3: Wednesday, March 11th - 9am & 6:30pm
The Passion Story from the Gospel of Mark
Pam Faro has worked as a professional storyteller since 1988, performing original retellings of traditional folktales, personal/historical tales, and biblical stories. She has been editor of the Journal of Biblical Storytelling, teaches in the Academy for Biblical Storytelling, has served on the board of Rocky Mountain Storytelling as well as the Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int’l (NBS), and is a member of the NBS Seminar. She holds a B.A. in music from Luther College, and an M.Div. from the Iliff School of Theology. Pam has taught and performed across the US and in several European countries, as well as in Canada and Australia.
More Info Here

EVTOT - Guild Meeting

Saturday - March 14th ~ 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!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

The Tucson Festival of Books

March 14-15
Each year, close to 140,000 people (yes, I said 140,000!) attend the Tucson Festival of Books. There will be close to 400 authors, fun, food and lots of activities for the whole family.

Storyteller Glenda Bonin offers the Storytelling Stage, where this year you can hear national teller Carmen Deedy, local teller Marc Severson and members of the Tucson Tellers of Tales Storytelling Guild.
More info

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Coming Up


Liz Warren Telling @ MIM
Saturday & Sunday March 14 & 15
Take part in the art of Irish storytelling and hear the oral narratives that have been told around the fireside for centuries.

Join Liz Warren, director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, for a taste of this integral part of Irish culture with four themes you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, 11:00–11:30 a.m.: “Fairy Music”
Saturday, 1:30–2:00 p.m.: “Otherworldly Frights”
Sunday, 11:00–11:30 a.m.: “Saints and Wonders”
Sunday, 1:30–2:00 p.m.: “Gods and Heroes”
More info here

One Story - Many Voices
Saturday - March 21st - 7 pm
Homewood Suites - Avondale

Take five unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. Turn them loose to each tackle the same “you only think you know it” fairytale type. Let it blend and percolate and you’ll get the “One Story, Many Voices” evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling. Discussion and conversation follows after the concert.
Come for fun and learning in an entertaining evening.
Students! Come see what you can learn about storytelling as an art form.
Teachers! Be inspired as you watch the ordinary become new again and find application for your classrooms.
Storytellers! Join the discussion afterwards to look at how you might use this process for fresh new ideas of your own.
More Info & Tickets

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).
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Storytelling Language: In Search of Your Words
WORKSHOP - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mark Goldman has designed a new workshop to help you find compelling language that fits you, your style and your story!
Your Spontaneity and Creativity
CAN BE ENHANCED with these techniques!
You will be taken step-by-step through different exercises that will help you find creative imagery that jumps from “your” mind to the mind of the “listener”. Language and imagery that makes your story more memorable and lasting for the audience.
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Private Residence near Cactus & 32nd Street - Phoenix
Fee: $27
- - -   BONUS   - - - 

Save $5 - Get Mark's Book - (A $17 value)

Storytelling Tips: Crating, Crafting and Telling Stories
    Workshop & Book: $39

Register Now!

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Be Story-Vigilant

These days, the buzzwords seem to be, “Everything is a story”. Not quite true (and if you know Sean Buvala, you know he is cringing right now!). But here’s the thing for storytellers … MANY things can be a story, you just have to be aware of them … and look for them.

Be “Story-Vigilant”. That means that you are looking at everything as a “potential” story (or part of a story). Whatever you may be looking at (or hearing), look at it through the lens of a storyteller. Here are two examples of tellers who are constantly on the lookout for stories:
I have been told that before he goes to bed each night, Donald Davis writes down two things in a book by his bed: all the people he encountered and all the places he went that day. True or not, this is a great way to store up information that could be crafted into a story later on.
Laura Packer has this on her blog:
Ever have a conversation in a public place and think someone might be listening and taking notes? That's me, over there, pretending to look out the window. 
Wherever you are, whatever you may be doing, be on the lookout for stories. You may not know “what the story is about” until later, just keep it in the back of your mind, or better yet, write it down. It may be a small anecdote, something strange of funny that happened at the grocery store, or while waiting for the cashier at the book store. It might be the strange color of the car that just passed you, or the way the two in the front seat seem to be arguing and gesturing at the top of their lungs. It could even be some graffiti on a wall, some song lyrics have originated that way.
A couple of years ago, while in Dublin, I saw a girl with lavender hair sitting on the steps in a small town square. I wrote a little rhyme, it was all I could muster at the time.
A blue gingham jumper
And small saddle shoes;
She used the steps as a chair.
What was her story?
Where did she come from?
The girl with the lavender hair.
At the last NSN Conference in Phoenix, I was in a workshop where we analyzed the ghost story, The Vanishing Hitchhiker. Two seemingly unrelated incidents, but now I believe I have the beginnings of a derivative story. Perhaps I will see something today that will fill in the gaps, and a new story will emerge.
Now, where did I put those storytelling glasses?
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World Bank Hires Storytelling Consultant
Two weeks ago, I reported on storyteller, colleague and friend Kristin Pedemonti (the gal with the FREE HUGS sign) who had traveled to Iran for the Kanoon Storytelling Festival. Her trip was a resounding success! And upon her return to her home in Washington, D.C., she has even more news:

It's 100% official, I start as a consultant (Storytelling) at the World Bank next week! 

We are all so proud of Kristin and her accomplishments. And she started out with a jar of bubbles and a cardboard sign that said, "FREE HUGS". 


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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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