Monday - April 2, 2018
Issue # 308

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

Happy Passover and Easter

Happy Eater and a Zissen Pesach (sweet Passover) to All!

When I was younger, the only real Jewish holiday we celebrated was Passover. We gave presents at Hannkah, but no real celebration.

On the first night of Passover, we always had a Seder (pronounced "say der"), the rituals spoken and done during the meal. 

I loved charosis (pronounced "ha row sis"). This is made of ground apples, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon. It's color reminds us of the bricks that the Jews were forced to make.

It was always fun searching for the Afikoman ("ah fĭ kō man) - a piece of matzo wrapped in a napkin that has been hidden by the elders.

Perhaps the most important part of the Seder for me is that we ended it with these words, spoken together.: (from Isaiah 2:4)

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Whatever your faith or beliefs, I hope you all join me, in looking forward to that day!

Early Bird Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit!

Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit is NOW OPEN! NSN is offering a special early bird discount for a limited time only, so don’t wait, register today! The Storytelling Summit will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, July 26-28, 2018.

The 2018 Summit theme is “Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories.” The Summit is a great chance to see over 20 performances, award-winning keynote speakers and participate in over 25 workshops over a four-day period, conducted by the “cream-of-the-crop” of storyteller presenters. Also come join as we honor our top Storytellers with our International ORACLE Awards on Saturday, July 28 at noon.
The vision of the Summit is to bring together all the individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions who seek to advance their skills, knowledge and showcase their talent from across the world. It is also a great time to see old friends and meet new ones through our networking events, that will encourage sharing information, mentoring, long-lasting collaborations and friendships. You will meet individuals using storytelling in all of its forms and mediums at the National Storytelling Summit.

Click here for more information and REGISTRATION

BIG NEWS Storyfest At Mesa Convention Center

The AZ Storytellers' Project, KJZZ and the SMCC Storytelling Institute are all partnering to present Storyfest on May 12 at the Mesa Convention Center.

There will be storytelling by AZ Storyteller Project tellers from the last four sessions. SMCC Storytelling Institute will be offering Storytelling for Children. If you are interested in Telling for Children, contact Liz.Warren@southmaountain.edu.

SMCC is offering TWO workshops on Telling for Children on Saturday, April 21 and Saturday, May 5, each from 10am to Noon. You will learn:

  • Interactive stories for children
  • How to tell at a festival/convention
  • Strategies for adapting stories for younger listeners
  • Techniques for incorporating participation into stories

Come join the fun!
More info here.

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - Mythic

Thursday, April 5th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Series: "Mythic"
Mythology is the movement of stories and images across time and space, carrying our souls with it.- Phil Cousineau
Have you ever felt as if youve pissed off a god? Ever gone on a quest or ventured into another dimension? Are you, or do you know a trickster, a hero or a creator? Have you ever felt divine inspiration? If so, youve touched the realm of the Mythic.
Curated by Steven Braun
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.
Storytellers include:
Ana Gaskin 
Mel Blumenthal 
Lynette Miller 
Miles Schneiderman
Bella Vivante’s

Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, April 7th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Caritas Center for Healing
330 E 16th Street, TUCSON.

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

The topic: “Developing a Personal Story.” The presenter is Penelope Starr, founder of Odyssey Storytelling.                                                      
Members of Tellers of Tales attend events for free, visitors are asked to donate $5 to participate.
Workshop details: Be inspired! Practice telling a personal story from a prompt in this 2-hour experiential workshop. Improve skills and build confidence with coaching and peer feedback. Experience telling with a microphone, as time allows. Do not miss this chance to learn from one of Tucson’s most popular storytelling event producers, and learn more about her book – The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events.
More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 629-0270

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, April 7th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

Storytelling at Sandy Oglesby's

Saturday, April 7th 2018 - 7pm -10pm
3912 E. Sunnyside Drive
Phoenix, Az 85028

602-430-5796 – sandy@sandytells.com

Sandy Oglesby is presenting another fabulous House Storytelling Concert/Open Mic. She tells me that they will have two special guests telling...one from out of state and one Vietnam vet.
Put your name in the hat to tell your story of new beginnings, spring, or whatever is in your heart.
Bring a snack if you wish...or wine...or just your wonderful self.
If you have students that need to get in a telling, let them know.
The first 25 to rsvp or in the door!
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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, April 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!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

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I was listening to an interesting piece on NPR about "patterns". There are all sorts of different patterns in our lives: ripples on a pond; sounds of a bird chirping; mosaics in an art piece; the waves on the ocean; speech patterns in your language and don't forget the patterns of the hero's journey!

These and many other patterns that are played out in the stories we tell; both in the patterns of life and the story itself, and often in the language we use.

All of these patterns are a part of your story. Patterns are important, so we can recognize and relate to them in the story and also in our own lives and stories. So, in some ways, it is our job to represent these patterns in a way that will assist the listener in recognizing theme. How can you highlight or emphasize these patterns for and with your audience?

  • Repetition
  • Call and response
  • Descriptive language
  • Use of metaphors and similes
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Sounds
  • Gestures and body movements
  • Facial expressions
  • Rhyming
  • Pauses
  • ...and many more

Here's a phrase that most of us know, "But wait, there's more!" This could be used effectively in a story where someone continually screws up or, perhaps, comes out smelling like a rose. The phrase merely emphasizes that this is a pattern that happens over and over. Double down with this phrase by using call and response with the audience!

Here's another example:

It was a tiger, a tiger, stepping in time. One could see right through him...waiting...waiting...to commit his carnivorous crime.. His stripes were moving, growling and howling, making ripples in the forest. Waiting...waiting...waiting to dine.

Look at your story. Look for and listen for the patterns...then use them!

GCC Students - What are the patterns in your fact-based story? Pick one. First  tell me what it is. Then tell me how you would highlight it in your story. I want this to have some WEIGHT!, not just a couple of sentences. Send it to me in an E-mail before 2pm tomorrow, Tuesday 4-3. (max points 30)

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The San Diego Connection
Eclipse "Fools Rush In", April 4th, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

"First Wednesday," storytelling with David Schmidt, Jessica Baris, Aunt Li-Anne, Marilyn McPhie, Mindy Donner and Jim Dieckmann telling traditional folktales, literary tales and personal stories at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, 2145 Fern Street, (Fern and Ivy) 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5
Eclipse website                        Event Flyer

Marilyn McPhie "Westward Ho! Tales from the Trails, April 4th. 1pm, OASIS, Grossmont Center Dr

5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 269  OASIS program,  $12
Information: (619) 581-6262      https://www.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA/Classes
Marilyn's website

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, April 18th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website

ship of fools 35th Annual Southern California Story Swap Festival, April 28th, 9:00am- 4:00pm, Claremont, CA

Hosted by Inland Valley Storytellers, Claremont Friends Meetinghouse, 727 West Harrison Ave, Claremont, CA. Story Swaps, workshops, organization reports, and closing concert. $25 includes lunch.   event poster
Information: John St. Clair john@inlandstorytellers.org, (909) 983-8501

Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, April 10th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Clubs"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
March 28th, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

 Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, April 21st, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Working Stiffs,"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website

More info 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

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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