Monday - April 30, 2018
Issue # 312

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                  Six Years and Counting!

NOTE: An earlier version of this story said five years (I had to re-count).

February 5th of this year marked the 300th issue of the Newsletter. Twelve weeks later we mark the Six-Year Anniversary! The first issue was May 1, 2012. My, how time flies.

The stories in that 1st issue:

The Great Arizona Story Slam (The ORIGINAL and FIRST story Slam in Phoenix!)
Cheryl & Laura Rutherford Graduated from SMCC Storytelling Institute
Sean Buvala Released an E-Book
Storytellers' Open Mic at Mama Java's
National Storytelling Festival Coming Up

AZ Storytellers Project
Timpanogos Coming Up
My Favorite Tip for Story Creation
The Storytellers' Database Online

Click here to read the issue.

And by the way...did you know that you can read ANY of the 312 issues by clicking on the button at the top-right of the Newsletter and scrolling to select an issue or topic?

Spring/Summer Coaching Sale!

Spring is here, and with it comes a plethora of First-Person, True-Tale Storytelling events. Sunday, there was The Moth, Friday was Dan Hull's Storyline Slam, and this week there is the Arizona Storytellers Project. And there are several other open-mic events where folks are telling personal stories. There have been many discussions regarding Personal vs. Traditional stories. In the end, it's a matter of personal "taste".

The bottom line is that true, personal storytelling is here to stay. That means if you want to be part of that community, you have to come up with new stories (or rework old ones) to fit the theme of each monthly or weekly gathering. I can hep you!

Want to make a great impression? Want people to remember you and your story? Do you aspire to "win the prize" or be the best of the night? Then it's time for a choaching session!

During the spring and summer months, from now until Aug 31st!

I am offering coaching services at just over HALF OFF! 
My usual fee is $85/hour, 

For this special sale, it will be $40/hour+
(we'll often go a bit over an hour for no extra charge)

I can come to you for in-person coaching, or coach via Skype or video calling on smart phones. Whatever works for you!

Send me an E-mail, or call so we can discuss your needs and schedule a sessin.

Here are just a couple of responses from folks I have coached. You can see more here

Your specific tips effectively prodded us to delve deeper into our stories and to bring that depth into the telling. Your coaching process avoids heavy-handed "oughts" and probes each teller to embrace their own style and to expand upon their own specific skills and nuances.
Cassandra, Phoenix
The coaching that you offered me was superb, and I feel that I am on the way to raising my storytelling to another level. You guided me to discover and experience for myself many improvements that will enhance my telling, and you gave me excellent suggestions for further work and practice to achieve them. I look forward to meeting the challenge that you set before me. 
Joyce, Phoenix

Have confidene the next time you put your name in the hat!

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - FAKE!

Thursday, May 3rd - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Fake
Curated by Jen Nowicki Clark
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Fictional friends! Bogus braggarts! Hilarious hoaxes! In a world of fake news and fraudulent schemes, it’s hard to know what’s real anymore. Join Odyssey Storytelling on May 3 at for six true tales of things forged, fabricated, and phony. 

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

Tellers Include:
Nooshie Motaref
Myken Dahlen
Brianna Hamilton
Jeff Clashman
Veneranda Aguirre
Jonathan Moore
Drew Cronyn

Click here for details & info

SMCC Storytelling Graduation

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Community Room of the South Mountain Community Library
Free and open to the public!

You are invited to the SMCC Storytelling Institute’s 
Annual Graduation Celebration!

Honoring this year's graduates Chrissy Dart and Chantel Freed!

We will recognize:
▪ Former Storytelling Certificate Graduates
▪ Storytelling Institute Volunteers
▪ Storytelling Guild Participants
▪ SMCC Allies and Friends
▪ Community Partners

The Whole Story - Part VI

First Friday, May 4th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

Doors to Whiteman Hall open at 7:00 pm

The Whole Story returns to Phoenix Art Museum with Part VI.
On Friday, May 4, The Whole Story: Part VI will join Phoenix Art Museum to celebrate the opening night of “To Be 13” an exhibition featuring portraits of 13-year-olds by Betsey Schneider. Much like The Whole Story, the exhibit represents 250 distinctly unique people, a group about whom it would be hard to generalize or make assumptions. 

In the sixth installment of The Whole Story, Adam Thomason, Ashley Brown,Dominic BrahamIfy Willson and MaryLynn Mack will join host and storyteller, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, to share stories of moving, identity and family. 

Tickets are $10 ($5 for Museum Members) 
Space is limited, advanced purchase is recommended
Seating is first-come, first-seated 
Doors to Whiteman Hall open at 7:00 pm

The Whole Story brings greater depth to our understanding of the human experience from the Black perspective through personal stories. The Whole Story is presented in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum. Visitthewholestoryis.com to learn more.

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, May 5th - 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!

More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 629-0270

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, May 5th ~ 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!

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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, May12th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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

Storyfest At Mesa Convention Center
Saturday May 12th - 10am - 4pm
Mesa Convention Center

The AZ Storytellers' Project, KJZZ and the SMCC Storytelling Institute are all partnering to present Storyfest.

There will be storytelling by AZ Storyteller Project tellers from the last four sessions. SMCC Storytelling Institute will be offering Storytelling for Children.

Come join the fun!

More info here.

Pam Faro Coming to Phoenix
Saturday - May 12th - 7pm - 9pm
Sandy Oglesby's

Colorado Storyteller Pam Faro is coming to town! When she was here last time, we had a great "Storytellers Luncheon", perhaps we can set up another one.

This time, Pam will be doing a House Concert, hosted by the inimitable Sandy Oglesby! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12th.

Yes, that is at the end of day, just after the KJZZ all-day Storyfest. So, we should all be revved up and ready to hear some of Pam's stories, and jump in with one of our own if picked from Sandy's hat!

It's casual, caring, and ever so much fun! RSVP as I only have 25 seats. E-mail me at Sandy@sandytells.com and I will send you my address and other information!

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Connections to Stories - Pick a Time or Event

On Sunday, I watched the movie of Fiddler on the Roof. Some parts I liked, some I didn't. But here's the thing, a FLOOD of memories came back to me...all connected to Fiddler. I was in a National Touring Company of Fiddler on the Roof in 1969. Yikes, that was 49 years ago. But more important than how long ago, are all of the stories for the six months I was on Tour...AND...all of the other stories that were connected, in any way, to my Fiddler experience.

I could tell you stories about my roommate and now life-long friend Jeff. I could tell you many stories about things that happened while on tour. Like the time Herschel Bernardi (who replaced Zero Mostel on Broadway) visited us on-stage at the end of the show.

There are many connected stories:

  • The "Fruma Sara - Humma Humma" story; an apocryphal story that turned out to be real with my friend Margey Cohen
  • Another Margey Cohen story from our Dinner Theatre production of West Side Story
  • A story about a New York producer who taught me the value (monetary) of stage hands.
  • The Time Theodore Bickel came to an Equity meeting and played us a concert
  • The time I met producer Hal Prince and he said, "If it doesn't serve the play, take it out."
  • Many connections with choreographer Tommy Abbott and other shows he had done.
  • Spending six weeks in Los Angeles, with more and more connections and stories.

The list goes on and on. I could spend an afternoon (at least) telling Fiddler-related stories. The string-of-pearls would reach from here to Broadway!

So, here's my tip:

Pick one time, one period, one event in your life. Then see how many stories are connected to that one thing. The stories may be directly connected, but then one story might branch off into another whole set of connections and stories. Make a list of the stories. Better yet, make a diagram that shows all the stories and all the connections. Now there's a plethora of personal and fact-based stories!

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The San Diego Connection
On the Road "On the Road", May 2nd, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

"First Wednesday," storytelling with Patti Christensen, Mindy Donner, Eric George Taiuber, Marilyn McPhie, hosted by Arlyn Hackett, 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

Puppets "Day of the Arts," May 4th, 3-6:00pm, Jeremy Henwood Park, San Diego

Photo exhibit, puppet show, music, dance, art making, 3795 Fairmont Ave, San Diego, 92105. FREE    link to event poster

"A Day of Puppetry & Circus," May 5th, 11:00am-2:00pm. Otay Park, Chula Vista

Circus and puppet shows, giant puppet parade, mask making, drumming, 1613 Albany St., Chula Vista, 91911. FREE   link to event poster

Marilyn McPhie "Stories Shakespeare Stole!" with Marilyn McPhie, May 9th, 1:00pm, Oceanside Library

330 Coast Highway, Oceanside, 92054, (760) 435-5600, FREE
Marilyn's website


Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, May 16th, 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


Sam Hinton Festival Sam Hinton Folk Festival, June 2nd, Old Poway Park, 12-5:00pm

Annual San Diego Folk Heritage folk music festival, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, All-day music and stories for the whole family, including Storytellers of San Diego in concert at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 with open mic for children 3:00pm and adults, 4:00pm. FREE  SDFH website for info


Open Mic Storytelling


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

Topic: "'Rocking the Boat"  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"
May 23rd, 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, May 19th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Them's Fightin'  Words,"  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

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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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