Monday, April 14, 2014
Issue # 103

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NSN Conference Update

Here's the Workshop Lineup - Several local tellers are presenting!

Publish (and Profit With) Your Non-Fiction Book

Sean Buvala

Branding: It Doesn’t Have to Hurt!

Karen Chace & Simon Brooks

People Who Made a Difference: Stories of Fire and Light

Kate Dudding

Interfaith Interplay: Sharing the Fire and Light of Sacred Stories

Pam Faro

No Moth? No problem: Developing new audiences, voices and venues

Megan Finnerty, Marilyn Omifunke Torres, & Liz Warren

Touched by Fire, Igniting the Flames of Healing

Terry Foxx

Springboards for Stories

Jackson Gillman

Folktales, Fables, Myths & More: Traditional Literature in Common Core

Mary Hamilton

Bringing Old Tales to Light: Long-Form Traditional Stories

Priscilla Howe

Creating Personal Stories: From Cloud to Lightning

Doug Lipman

So You Want to Give a TED or TEDx Talk?

Marilyn McPhie

The Prism of Performance: Bringing Light and Color to the Stage

Elaine Muray

Imagine That!  Games Storytellers Play

Pat Nease

Using Music in Storytelling

Rachel Nelson

Learning to Listen So Others Can Hear You

Lauretta Phillips

Pirates in Pajamas: Lighting the Fire of Stories at Home

Steffani Raff

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Stories about Difference

Delanna Reed

Storytelling: The Fire in Great Teaching

Regina Ress

Building the Dry-Land Ship: Storytelling as Imaginative Transportation

Joseph Sobol

Appreciative Inquiry Illuminates Vibrant Organizational Storytelling

Tom Sparough & Geralyn Hoxsey Sparough

Out of the Tunnel and Into the Light of Peace

Liz Weir


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, NO…it’s Superteller!

Rivka Willick

Performing Community: Youth, Storytelling and Playbuilding

Caleb Winebrenner

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Coming Up


Executive Speaker Training
Monday & Tuesday - April 21-22
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop at the beginning of next week, April 21st & 22nd. REGISTER BY APRIL 18TH

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait...there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.

PVCC Festival of Tales
Saturday - April 26

Paradise Valley Community College students are bringing books to life through the art of storytelling during the Spring Festival of Tales, Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kranitz Student Center (KSC).
Storytelling sessions (10am, 11 am & 1 pm); arts and crafts; face painting; live music; food available for purchase.
In its 12th semester at PVCC, the Festival of Tales is a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for local children that include arts and crafts, games, face painting and music. More than 2,000 new books will be given away to participating children. The Festival of Tales engages community college students in the teaching and learning process through storytelling. 
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Who's The Hero Here?

A cautionary tale.

Many years ago, when I first began my journey in storytelling, I attended a weekly "story circle" where we swapped stories and got feedback. One day, I got up and told an "off the cuff" story about a mediation I had done where I was quite successful in getting the parties to come to a resolution. I was very proud of myself and my story. Oops.

One of the group took me to task. "This was not a 'story', it was more like boasting about how smart you had been. You can't make yourself the hero in your own story." I wasn't so sure about that statement, but I certainly never told that story again.

A couple of years back, Donald Davis did a workshop and said the same thing, "In a personal story, you can't make yourself the hero. If you saved a child, you can't be the 'hero' in the story. You have to make the child be the hero." The wheels in my head were turning, but there was still part of me that was not so sure.

Present Day: Now focusing on Stories in Business. How do we (I) communicate who we are and what we do (as a storyteller) without telling (boasting) about how good we are? And the message comes back load and clear: "Make your client the hero."

The message is finally starting to come through.

The good part is that I went back to that story of the mediation and looked at how I could make the client the hero. I found it! I found the part where the client's husband was her hero, she just hadn't recognized that part of the story. Once she did, she and her husband both became the triumphant heroes of their own story.

Here's my new version:

Stories are the best way to communicate, even in a dispute. People don’t listen to “facts”. People listen to stories. People remember stories.
Some years ago, in a mediation, I had a woman and her husband as clients who were suing the wedding photographer. The story she brought to the mediation was that she didn’t get the photographs she wanted from her most special day, her wedding. 
The story she told was one of anger and sadness. It was a story she had been telling for the entire first year of her marriage. Telling it to herself, to her husband, to her mother, to her friends, and trying to tell it to the photographer.
After an hour of back and forth, they could still not come to an agreement. The photographer offered one resolution: he would give the couple all of the proofs and negatives, and then they would be done with everything. He left the room so the couple could discuss their options.
I continued to listen as, once again, the woman cried and focused on how she did not have pictures of her “special day”. The husband turned to her and said, “Honey, I think we should take his deal and walk away, but I will do whatever you want.”
That was the real story – The husband said he would do “whatever she wanted.”
I turned to her and said, “I know you didn’t get the pictures you wanted, but I wonder if that’s the whole story. I wonder if the story you should be telling is that after a year of marriage, you have something that many women don’t; you have a husband that will “do whatever you want.” Maybe that’s the more important story.
She cried and fell into her husband’s arms, and within five minutes, the mediation was finished.
More important than the dispute coming to a resolution is that by going through this process and hearing her own story, the wife was able to focus on her new story, the story she hadn’t really heard yet. The story that just might get her unstuck. The story that made her husband the hero and that made their marriage a triumph. 
In your personal and business stories, look beyond yourself for the hero.
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Design Your Own Workshop!
What do YOU want in a storytelling workshop? What will help you the most at this point in your telling? What if you could design a workshop just for you?

Well now you can!

Sometime in May or June I will be presenting a Storytelling Workshop based on WHAT YOU NEED. All I need is for you to E-mail me and tell me what you need. Tell me what will be most useful to you. Here are some possible ideas...you fill in the rest with your own:

  • Best Length: Half-Day - All-Day
  • Best Location: east valley - central valley - west valley
  • Price range - willing to pay:
  • Possible topics
    -- Where do I start with story creation?
    -- Developing the language of the story.
    -- Developing characters and back story.
    -- Working on story line.
    -- Timing - Pacing.
    -- Gestures - Body language
    -- Using your voice - highs, lows, projecting
    -- Finding and differentiating character voices
    -- Choosing a Point Of View
    -- Beginnings - Endings.
    -- What's the story about?
  • I want to walk away with: ?????

I will review all the requests and create a workshop that will accommodate as much of what you tell me.

Now is your chance to get just what you want!

Click here to E-mail me your needs

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---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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