Monday - April 9, 2018
Issue # 309

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Liz Warren Wins Prestigious Humanities Award

South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Storytelling Institute Director Liz Warren has won the Humanities Public Scholar – Dan Schilling Award. She is the first community college professor to win this award in its 29-year duration.

This award recognizes a distinguished humanities scholar who enhances public understanding of the humanities, transforms lives and strengthens communities through civil discourse and community engagement.
Almira Poudrier, Brenda Thomson, Dagoberto Bailon, Sally Shackelford,Brian Shackelford,
Liz Warren, and Holly Henley.
Mazel tov!
Read More Here

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

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



Thursday - April 12th - 7-9:30 PM
Valley Bar - Basement
130 N Central Ave, - Phoenix, 85004

Barflies is a monthly series where writers read from their own material. This Thursday, Valley Actress. Playwrite and Storyteller Kim Porter will be one of the readers. 

Come join the event and support Kim and the other readers: Debra Metelits, Daniel Mills, Sativa Peterson
More Info

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, April 14th ~ 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

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Movies, Music and Me

Monday - April 16th - 7-9 PM
Crescent Ballroom 
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix AZ 85003

Calling all music lovers and movie fanatics! Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of stories dedicated to the films and tunes that fill our souls with feeling.

Emcee:  Kaila White, reporter for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, and Bill Goodykoontz, film critic for The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network 
Featured tellers: 
Jennifer Mullins
Seth Fox
Melissa Farley
Kylie Digges 
Evan Roberts 
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
Accessibility Note: We are pleased to provide live open captioning for this event, sponsored by the State of Arizona, Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and provided by Karla Martin.  Nearly 1 out of 5 Arizonans have hearing loss and captioning ensures that everyone can enjoy the event.
If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating for this event or a future Storytellers event, please contactinfo@storytellersproject.com.

Info & Tickets

Wordplay Cafe - Mesa
Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cider Corps
31 S. Robson - Suite 103
Mesa, 85210

The WordPlay Cafe open mic series is preparing for our next season and we need your help! Come to happy hour with us at Cider Corps and vote on the themes for next season's WordPlay Cafe. 
Join us afterwards to support your fellow Wordplayers (is that a thing? I think I just made it a thing.), the two winners of the Story Slam Cynthia Wheeler and Jessica Randon and hear them share their stories on the Alliance stage during spark! After Dark on MAC campus! It will be a fun time together planning the future of WordPlay Cafe.


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Creating Stories...from Nothing (Actually from Something)

Been thinking about this lately, as students ask me, "How do I find a story?" So, here's a tip from August 2016.

The age-old question: Where do stories come from? An original story, one you create yourself, obviously comes from within you! Yes, but how did you start? Where did the idea for the story come from? 
Ay, there's the rub

The answer is that stories can start with anything: an idea; a feeling; an observation; a picture or photo; an object; a person; a fleeting thought...anything. So where does one start? It depends on whether you want to be specific, like a story about a sibling you care about, or just improvise, and see where things go.

Here's an example of improvising. Remember that this is ME improvising. Your thoughts are different, and your mileage may vary!

Consider a bowl of oatmeal; a seemingly inanimate object. 

Start by thinking about all the ways you might describe this object: 
Go ahead and make your own list FIRST.
Before you look at mine.

It's food in a bowl
It was dry and room temperature at first
I added water and heated it up (microwave)
Now it is hot and moist/mushy
The pieces of oatmeal now stick (cling) to each other
It has a slight nutty flavor

Do any of these things start to gel in your mind? WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIST? Do they suggest anything else to you? Can you connect the dots in some way? Brainstorm - don't limit yourself or judge anything that comes up. Just imagine and roll with it. Don't worry about a beginning, middle or end, or all the elements of a good story. You will sort it all out later. Now is a a time for wild energy and imagination! Look at YOUR list and imagine the possibilities.

The next step depends on what you have listed and thought of. There are a myriad number of directions one could go. As I looked at my list, I focused on the words, "Mushy, hot, clingy, nutty." I began to think about, "What if two oatmeal flakes were talking? What would they say?

Oat #1: Hey baby, what do you say?

Oat #2: You're such a dry flake!

Oat #1: Oh yeah? Well, we're about to get all wet, and things are going to heat up!

And just as the 1st Oat predicted, so it was...

Oat #1: Ooo baby, you're so hot!

Oat #2: You're all wet! Don't be so mushy.

Oat #1: Don't be that way. Why, with just a little brown sugar, you'd be so sweet. We could cling together...maybe even spoon a little.

Oat #2: You're really a little nutty. Be careful, you might just be consumed by all that talk.

And indeed, eventually they both were!

That's just the beginning -- of the process, not necessarily the story. It might become a story about two oatmeal flakes. It might also turn out to be a personal love story. Or maybe a story of unrequited love. It might be two stories, side-by-side. The process of imagination and brainstorming and making different connections goes on until you feel there is a good story in the works. Even if it has no connection to where you started (with the bowl of oatmeal). The process is there for exploration, for getting from one place to another, until you find yourself in a place that you like.
Then you make sure the story has all the elements it needs: Who are all the characters? Where does it take place? What is the problem or obstacle? Is there a "Helper". What is learned along the process of overcoming the obstacle? What is the story about?
So where do stories come from? A lot of places. But they can surely start with breakfast - the most important meal of the day!
TO EVERYONE: Pick SOMETHING and then make a story about it. ANYTHING. Write it down, even if it's just the beginning of an idea. Carry it as far as you can go---Post it below, and/or SEND IT TO ME via E-mail (try to get it to me by the end of this week). Sorry, I can't give you EXTRA CREDIT, but perhaps I will post them all next week!
GCC STUDENTS: For extra credit, do this exercise. Create a story from something seemingly benign or inanimate. Perhaps make some dialog as I have done above, or have a narrator, describing the process going on. Here's an idea (can't use this) a line of ants going into their hill; one ant gives the one behind it a message about storing food for the winter; that one passes it along to the one behind, and so on; but the message gets turned around (as in the telephone game); here's the good part - you get to make up the changes in the message! Make sure the story has all the elements it needs: Who are all the characters? Where does it take place? What is the problem or obstacle? Is there a "Helper". What is learned along the process of overcoming the obstacle? What is the story about? Send it to me via E-mail before Tomorrow, 4-10 by 2 pm for a possible 50 points. Has to be awesome for 50!
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A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round
Here's a story...you may not believe! These things pop up on Facebook, and following the links to greater depths, one finds the strangest things and people. I didn't know there were still people (including millennials) who believe the earth is flat!!! Have they never been on a plane?? Have they been living in a basement somewhere on the outskirts of Cleveland?? Do they know what year it is?? What the heck is happening to our world (the round one)?? Why am I using double question marks?? Because I am more than doubly confused and amazed!!

Okay folks...make up your own story about all of this. I'd love to hear it!

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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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