Monday, April 11, 2016
Issue # 207

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

England Storytelling Tour is Shaping Up!

I now have six students going on my Historical Hysterical Storytelling Tour of England. And there's room for more!

After three years of hoping and planning, the tour is finally happening. We will be exploring the sights, the sounds, the people and the stories of the places below.

Canterbury Cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral

Oxford Storytelling Museum

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Infamous Poundland

- Join us for the Historical, Hysterical Storytelling England Tour. 
The dates are May 15th - May 26th. Total cost: Approx $2600, that INCLUDES airfare!

It's going to be a fun-filled, story-filled ten days in merry old England! - Call me if interested - 602-390-3858
More info here.

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Coming Up


Storytelling Concert at Estrella Mountain
Monday - April 11th - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Estrella Mountain Performing Arts Center

Students in the Estrella Mountain CC Storytelling Program will tell stories.

Free and open to the public!
More info here

Saturday - April 23rd  from 1:00 – 4:00 in PAC 740.

Storyfind is a monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire. Each session will start with a short reception to welcome new participants to the community.  
Come network with many valley storytellers and participate in this month's workshop. 

Topic: TBA
More info

Tucson Storytellling Concert - May 1st
Monday - May 1st - 4pm
Tucson Garden Home

It's All Relative: Tales of Mothers, Fathers, and Others

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Jordan Hill, and Debra Olson-Tolar

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of traditional and personal tales in a lovely garden setting (but we'll move inside if the weather dictates).
More info here

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One Peril of Working Alone

The concert is over...the workshop is done...NOW WHAT?
When I worked as a therapist, I did group therapy, and I had a team. Sometimes two or three people assisting in different ways, sometimes just one person. After EVERY session, we would do what we called, "processing the work." The team (and any students that might have been observing) would ask questions: "Why did you do that? What made you think of that? Why didn't you...?" We would discuss and dissect what happened in the session; what worked and what didn't, and why. This was the most important part of the learning and growth process; more important than much of the classroom learning.
I miss that process.
Working as a solo performer or workshop leader can be exhausting. But not so much because you are on stage or in front of your group alone, but because afterwards, you are alone. What do you do with all the excitement and energy from performing or teaching? One needs time to both unwind, and to process the work that was done. You can do some of this by yourself, but I believe that just as storytelling is about "connecting" with others, you need to connect in a different way after the story or the class. Connect with yourself, your colleagues, and with the work that was done.
This last weekend I did a workshop on creative language at the Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock. There were nineteen participants and the two hours went by very quickly. I was feeling very good about the work. Normally, I would have gathered my stuff and just driven home, with only my own thoughts about how things went. This time, though, I sat down with Judy Schwiebert, the coordinator, and we talked.
We talked for an hour! I was able to take a deep breath after the session and unwind. We talked about the workshop, the people, the exercises, and what might have improved it a little. It helped to ground me, to come down a bit from the "high" of teaching (the only thing I love more than telling).
It was invaluable.
It's more than appreciations or the handshakes and "thank yous" from the group. Its more than merely reading the evaluation sheets. Like storytelling, it's a live interaction between me and at least one discerning member of my audience.
So, next time, bring along a friend and/or colleague to talk with afterwards. Let them help you unwind and take a deep breath. Have a dialogue with them. What worked? What didn't? What would make it better? Let them help you scrutinize and process your work...for learning and growing!
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Life Saving Hike

And speaking of my work as a therapist... Some of you may have heard this story before, but I thought it might be a nice to return to the very first Arizona Republic Storytelling night, way back on June 22, 2011. 

This story is about how two patients surprised me with their response to my challenge, and how I had to challenge myself several years later.


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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?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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