Wednesday - April 17, 2019
Issue # 362

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

Too Many Bagels

I've had too many bagels and they have slowed me down! Working a side gig at Chompies has been a blast, but it has also cut into my Newsletter writing. This is the first time the Newsletter has been posted on a Wednesday! Oh well, at least I get to wear this lovely hairnet.

If you live in north Scottsdale (or anywhere, actually) come visit me at the Scottsdale store at 92nd Street and Shea. I'd love to see you. Sorry, no free bagels, I'm still in "training" mode (and training status). But I will slice a challa for you!

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This Week



Saturday - April 20th 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

SMCC - PAC 739

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute.
The workshops are on the 4th Saturday afternoons of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College.
Story Divining with Marilyn Omifunke Torres –
The spiritual roots of Yoruba Storytelling!
Click here for a college map:
CONTACT Liz Warren
(602) 243-8026
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Coming Up


Thursday - April 25 , 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Theme: BAMBOOZLED: Prepare a five-minute story about your greatest con, your Tom Sawyer moment, or the day gullibility got the best of you. That time when you managed to pull the wool over someone's eyes ... or that moment you became the mark. Hoodwinker or the hornswoggled. Scammer or the snookered. Did you get them all to paint the fence or unwittingly show up with your brushes?

Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.

$15 - Advance purchase recommended (with fees, comes to $19.50)
More info & tickets

Storyline Slam - GROW
Friday - April 26 - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

Theme: GROW - It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. cummings

The lineup for The Storyline SLAM: TBA
At least two names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. 
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door 

Public Speaking for the Terrified
Monday - April 29th Noon - 1:15 PM
Bring Your Own Lunch

Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
289 N Litchfield Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338

If you’d choose paper cuts over public speaking, this workshop is for you.

Every business owner, artist, author and entrepreneur MUST network, connect, speak and communicate with other people, no matter how you might feel about public speaking. Let’s make it easier. Join us for our next “lunch and learn” session to help you become more comfortable in public speaking.

Sean Buvala from The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group runs you through fun, non-threatening, and easy story games to help you loosen up. He’ll share with you immediately-useful ways to increase your confidence as you develop, craft and share your story-based content and presentations.
More info here

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Tell Stories You Love - But Wait, There's more

Here's an important tip from back in 2013

Long-time teller Antonio Sacre has said: "Want to be a storyteller? Choose a story that matters to you & ask if there's anyone else besides friends & family that would want to hear it."

I have often said that the one piece of advice most often offered by seasoned tellers is, "Tell stories you love!" But that's not enough. You have to tell a story that the audience will love. How can you know? You can never know 100% for sure, but here are two criteria that you should use.

Does your story have a universal theme? 
Is it something that most people can relate to? Would the audience be interested beyond the specifics of your story? Here's an example:

At one open mic, a young woman told a personal story about the time her mother was left at a gas station on a family road trip. It had the beginnings of a universal theme, getting stranded, forgetting one of your group. The problem was that the girl stayed focused on how her family always thought this was so funny, and it had become a, "Remember the time when Dad, left Mom behind?" story. There was no place that she brought the audience in. She didn't find a way to translate what everyone was feeling into universal terms. She just kept saying, "It was so funny." Not to us.

Is this story appropriate for this audience?
Know your audience! You most likely wouldn't tell a Blue Beard variant to a group of six-year olds. Is your story something that this particular audience can relate to? What are their expectations? Are they there to be entertained? Are they a business audience, wanting to learn something new? Are they senior citizens, wanting to hear stories that remind them of their lives? Make sure you pick and tailor your stories to your audience.

Here's a little tip. If you practice your story with your family and friends, and they love it, find someone who fits your potential audience demographics and tell them the story. If they are rolling their eyes, and about to turn into a zombie, it's time to change your story.

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Liz Warren Garners Another Award
Our own Liz Warren, Director of the South Mountain Storytelling Institute, was in Orlando, Florida to receive the prestigious American Association of Community College's Dale Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award!

And here she is, looking quite distinguished! Wear that medal with pride, Liz. Well deserved!

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

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

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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

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?

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


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