Monday, April 18, 2016
Issue # 208

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


Please help us congratulate our highly deserving 2016 NSN ORACLE Award recipients:

Lifetime Achievement:
Gwenda LedBetter
Loren Niemi
Circle of Excellence:
Janice Del Negro
Megan Wells
Distinguished National Service:
Linda Gorham
Mary Hamilton
Jane Stenson
International StoryBridge:
Eth-Noh-Tec (Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo & Nancy Wang)
Melissa Heckler
Talking Leaves:
Linda Goss
Regional Service & Leadership:
Joan Stockbridge - Pacific Region
Don't see your region or a deserving individual represented? Remember NSN ORACLE Awards occur only via YOUR nomination materials (with committee and Board's approvals). Start thinking about your 2017 nominations today!
See criteria & past recipients here: http://www.storynet.org/oracle/index.html.
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This Week



Saturday - April 23rd  from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC 740.

Storyfind this Saturday will be devoted to an old-fashioned story swap! Are you working on a story, need to tell for your storytelling class, or just hoping to hear a good story? Join us this Saturday and SWAP your story with others! Free and open to the public.
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.
More info

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Coming Up


Institute Graduation & Storytelling Concert
Friday - April 29th - SMCC Library Community Room

Please join us in the Community Room of the South Mountain Community Library for a celebration of our seven Storytelling Certificate Graduates! Rosanna Fierros, Marian Giannatti, Maya Jones, Wendy Miller, Joan Misek, Eva Valdez, and Dixie Walljasper have all completed their 30-credit academic certificate in storytelling! Join us to celebrate and honor their achievements and to hear a story from each of them.

There will be cake! Free and open to the public.
See the calendar for details

Out Of The Box Storytelling
Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers.
Saturday, April 30th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others. This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for more info

Tucson Storytellling Concert - May 1st
Monday - May 1st - 4pm
Tucson Garden Home -
222 E. 14th Street, Tucson, AZ

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

Seaglass Storytelling Workshop in Tucson

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Unscrewed Theater
3244 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ.
A workshop on creating personal stories. Sean Buvala heads the event. He will teach about the "three refractions" you need to take your personal tale from "I don't get it" to an audience-engaging "That story could change my life." Doors open at 9 am - workshop starts promptly at 930 am. No charge for the workshop but a variety of books and resources will be available for sale.
In the art and tradition of Oral Storytelling (and in the creation of any story), we have our own sea glass: the “World Tale.” That is, the collection of folktales, myths, legends and fairytales passed down through generations. These tales have been tumbled about, polished and spread throughout the earth. Just as with sea glass, what may have started as a simple on-the-spot tales have become shining flashes in our psyche. World tales have stood the test of time because they contain very specific “refractions” that touch the minds and hearts of the listeners even to this day.
Learn to craft your personal tales to have more impact and a lasting memory in the hearts and minds of your listeners. The "Sea Glass Storytelling Workshop" includes workshop, materials and is FREE!
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Babies, Puppies, Trains and Other Unexpected Interruptions

Friend, colleague, storyteller and coach Laura Packer is participating in April's A to Z Blog Challenge. She is writing a blog EVERY DAY, each one based on a subsequent letter in the alphabet.

Yesterday, she wrote a brilliant post for the letter "N" titled:
N is for noise - six tips for performance interruption.

Every performer has to deal with interruptions sometimes. It just happens. Live performance is like that. I remind my students that it's their job to be prepared and have some strategies to deal with noise, babies, puppies, trains, etc. They need to be able to maintain their performance, their own comfort and the audience.

To sum it up, her advice is to "Be prepared!" She offers six great tips and perspectives on ways to prepare yourself for the unexpected - YES, there are ways to prepare. It's a great post with great advice from a great coach!
Read her blog here

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Poetic Stories
Today is the eighteenth of April!
Is it a poem or a story? It's both!

Yes, it is possible to tell a story in verse rather than prose. There are many poems written that are stories in verse, or you could write your own. Two storytellers I know do this quite well. Waddie Mitchel does Cowboy Poetry. Dressed in western gear, he tells stories with a twang and a rhyme. Pippa White tells marvelous historical tales in rhyming verse that she has written herself.

And one of my favorite tales is The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol. It's nonsensical words that Carroll made up and coined, and it tells the tale of a father who warns his son about a monster that the son goes out and slays. I tell it to my students to demonstrate that even nonsense words can make sense if the teller embodies the story.

Nursery Rhymes all tell short stories. The great Edgar Allen Poe tells of The Raven, Annabelle Lee, and many others in rhyming verse.

And since today is April 18th... One of my favorites is Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It tells the story (now completely accurate as Longfellow takes "poetic license") of Paul Revere's historic ride to warn the colonies that "The British are coming." Longfellow immortalized Revere and the phrase, "One if by land, two if by sea."

LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, ‘If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.'
That is the first of thirteen stanzas! If you are inclined to read the entire poem, here is the link.
What poetic tales might be in your repertoire?
Full text of the poem here
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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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