Monday - April 22, 2019
Issue # 363

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

Stone Soup - Not Just a Story, but a Festival Too

This coming weekend, The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival will be held in Woodruff, NC. The headliner is the indomitable Regi Carpenter. Featured tellers are Tony Marr, Sam Pearsal and Jeff Doyle. Like many other festivals, Stone Soup features New Tellers. They are not really "new" tellers, but rather "new to the Stone Soup Festival." This year's New Tellers include some familiar faces to readers of this Newsletter!

Mark Goldman (AZ), 
Paul Strickland (KY)
Omar and Lori Hansen (ID)
Yasu Ishida (SC)
Simon Brooks (NH)
Jane Ogburn Dorfman (MD)
Sheila Gray (VA)
Cooper Braun-Enos (CO)
Melanie Knauff (GA)
Rachel Ann Harding (CO)
Denise Mount (GA)
Sarah Beth Nelson (NC)
I am extremely proud to have been invited to join these fine tellers and present on the New Voices Stage! 
It's off to North Carolina this Friday morning (at 5:00 am!). Hope to see as many friends who can make it..
Oh Yeah, BTW, Guess what we're having for lunch each day...You guessed it... SOUP!
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This Week


A Slice: Stories and Cake - Animals

Thursday - April 25th - 7:00 pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! 
This month's theme: Animals
This Month's Cake: Carrot Cake
This month's MC - Mario Avent
Featured Teller: Laura Rutherford
Join us! Tickets $10 or $5 for students 
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.
Facebook Page: A Slice: Stories & Cake


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 $19.89)
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: Grow: 
3.     Jill Murphy
4.     Lorie Norton
5.     Crystal Kill
6.     Anastasia Freyermuth
7.     Sam Frost
8.     Ernesto Ortiz
9.     Kate Craer
10.  Beth Ellison
At least two names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. 
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door 

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Coming Up


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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One of These Things is Not Like the Others

Here's another great tip from September of 2012.

I recently coached a client who told a story about three sisters. The first two sisters were drawn into a spell and eventually killed. The third sister survived. Why?

There are many stories that have this motif. In the Three Little Pigs, it is the eldest sibling that has the wisdom to build his house out of bricks. In The Magic Pomegranate, it is the youngest brother whose innocence and sense of wonder make him the hero. He believes the Pomegranate has magical powers, so he doesn't eat it; he saves it for the right moment.

It's important for the audience, and the teller, to know "What is different about this character?" What separates him/her from the others? Giving your characters specific traits, virtues or emotions that elevate them and allow them to triumph where others could not, adds so much more depth to your story. It should be more than "the third time's a charm" that allows them to conquer evil or cheat death.

Remember, the story is not just about the sequence of events. It's about the emotions underneath, and how the characters (even in a personal story) respond and react that makes us relate to them... and makes the story interesting.

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What Would You Do?
Recently, one of my students told s very difficult story. She was in the military, a very difficult entity for a woman. She was put upon by a superior but rebuked his sexual advances. She did report the incident but, soon after, that superior spread rumors that SHE had come on to HIM. The assumed credibility of the superior was believed, and she was "branded" for the rest of her stint.

What would YOU do?

She felt all alone in this scenario, and actually WAS alone. No one believed her. The hierarchy of the military allowed her no redress. She knew that the more she protested, the more she would be seen and labeled as a "troublemaker".

What would YOU do?

What would you do in this or a similar "no-win" situation? Have you been there? Have you been between a "rock and a hard place?" What did you do? Did you simply accept the fact that you could do nothing? Or did you fight against it? Or did you devise some semi-revengeful plan to turn the tables?

Tell us your stories in the comment section below. Stories connect us all. And stories can help heal.

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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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