Monday - May 15, 2017
Issue # 263

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Hogwarts...Here We Come!

We're off to see the Wizard! Well, sort of. Actually, we are leaving tomorrow for England and Ireland on our storytelling Tour! Eleven days on the ground visiting historical and story-filled sites and venues in two countries rich in narrative. It's as exciting as a Harry Potter adventure! Want to follow along? Watch my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mark.goldman.14) for posts about our trip.

One never knows, we just might be doing some LIVE storytelling on Facebook. It's an 8 hour difference (earlier in Phoenix) but it might be interesting. I'll try to give advance notice if possible.

Here are the folks going: Storyteller Pam Faro, my co-leader; Storyteller Mark Compton; Storyteller Marion Gianatti; Marian's daughter Alissa; Storyteller Sean Martin; Sean's Fiancé, Amanda.

And here are the places and some of the venues we'll be visiting:

-- The London Eye
-- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
-- Charles Dickens Museum

-- Canterbury Cathedral
-- Eastbridge Hospital (former insane asylum)
-- Canterbury Roman Museum
-- Canterbury Tales Experience
-- Canterbury Heritage Museum
-- Canterbury Mill Stream Boat Ride

-- Salisbury Escape Rooms
-- Salisbury Cathedral
-- Market Day in the Square
-- Meet up with English Storyteller Fiona Burchall
-- Stonehenge
-- Old Sarum

-- Meet with Bristol Storyteller Tim Sheppard
-- Bristol Ferry
-- The Mathew - Tall Ship
-- St Mary Redcliffe
-- Llandoger Trow 

-- Belfast
-- Titanic Museum
-- Trinity College
-- Dublin Storytelling But Tour

And there is plenty of free time when we can all wander and explore the environs of each city on our own! And don't forget the most important part -- buying a pan aux raisin!

Sound interesting? Sign up for next summer!

See the whole itinerary with descriptions here: http://www.storytellermark.com/HH_TOUR/HH_Itinerary_2017.asp

Three Seats Left for My Class at GCC

My Art of Storytelling class at GCC this summer still has three spaces left. It's on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 8:15 pm. Classes start on Wednesday, May 31st.

The one thing that students say more than anything else about my class is:

"I really liked the fact that we got to know each other so well, and we had a lot of fun."

Find out what it's all about. Register today!

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This Week


The Storyline - Unpacking

Friday - May 19th - 8:00 pm

Changing Hands Phoenix
We need to unpack.
We need to open up and let it out, to put stuff in its place. Everyone needs to unpack at some point or another.
Whether to organize and process thoughts, or simply to see what to get rid of, unpacking is only the first step. Feel lighter.
Join us for Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore for a night of first-person storytelling hosted by Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and featuring tellers Dan Hoen Hull, Anastasia Murae Freyermuth, Sativa Peterson, Charlie Steak, and the Hip Historian Marshall Shore, who will literally unpack some of his vintage suitcases.

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Drop Your Hat...Please

In anticipation of our England and Ireland tour, I am reminded of the many times I have visited Europe and discovered that the people there love to tell stories, and they will tell you a story at the drop of a hat...and if you don't have a hat to drop, they will lend you theirs!

We're always looking for stories! But are we looking in the right places? If we are only looking for traditional stories, and/or personal stories from our own lives, we are missing a lot! Remember that the first skill of a storyteller is listening. But what shall we listen for? Here's a thought - OTHER people's stories!

There's a treasure trove of stories out there from people all over. The ones in the coffee shop, or the airport, or on a bus. Talk to the person next to you on the plane. Don't spend six hours without finding out something about them. One of the most famous stories is from Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

In the section on Paradigm Shift, he recounts the tale of being on the subway and encountering a man and his children.

I remember one Sunday morning, on a subway in New York; people were sitting quietly- some reading, some lost in thought, some resting or sleeping- Then suddenly, a man and his children entered the subway car. 
The children were so loud that instantly, the whole climate changed. The man sat down next to me and closed hi eyes, apparently neglecting the situation. 
The children were yelling back and forth, throwing things, it was very disturbing and yet the man sitting next to me did nothing. 
I could not believe that he could be so insensitive as to leave his children like that and doing nothing about it. 
So finally, with unusual patience, I turned to him and said, “Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more.” 
The man lifted his gaze as if to come to consciousness of the situation for the first time and said softly, “Oh, you’re right, I guess I should do something about it, we just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to do, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either. 
“Your wife has just died? Oh, I’m sorry! Can you tell me about it? What can I do to help?” Everything changed in an instant. 
Covey was not only affected by the man's story, but the encounter spurred Covey to formulate his model of Paradigm Shift. 
Stories can affect us in many ways.
Never forget the storytelling concept, paraphrased here by Mr. Rogers, "Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story."
So get out there "among the people" and start listening to their stories!
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Willing Suspension of Disbelief
A re-tread of a tip from four years ago.

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and right in the middle thought, “That would never happen!”? That is your “disbelief”. It is you, not believing. Maybe you saw a different movie, or read a book and consciously or unconsciously thought, “Yeah, I can see that happening.” That is you “suspending” your disbelief. Even if it is an unconscious act, it is you, “willingly suspending your disbelief.” 

The term was coined in 1817 by the poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. It happens to us as listeners when hearing a story. We hear the description and “see” the images in our head. We “believe” that things happened this way, whether it is a personal tale, folktale or fairytale.
As storytellers, we need to do this too! We need to willingly suspend our disbelief in this process of storytelling. Can I merely use words and inflection to make people see images similar to the ones I have in my head? Can a gesture add to the impact of the story? Can my facial expressions and body movement change as one character speaks, then a different one responds? Can “less” actually be “more” in storytelling? How could all of this possibly make any sense? 
In order for the audience to suspend their disbelief, YOU must do it first! You must believe in your story, real or fantasy. You must believe in your abilities to transform words into images. You must transport yourself to the time and place of the story, before your audience can. You must believe you ARE the characters that you present to the audience, so they can clearly see and hear them; and in doing so, experience the full range of their emotions. 
In willingly suspending your disbelief, you will enter into a world where you believe, and the listeners will too.
And that’s what storytelling is about!
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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

Chatterbox Open 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 - *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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