Monday - May 21, 2018
Issue # 315

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

Early Bird Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit!

                                  BTW...Did you know that
             NSN has a BRAND NEW website? Check it out!

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

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Mark Goldman to Receive NSN ORACLE Award

I am extremely honored to be receiving an NSN ORACLE Award from NSN. The ORACLE Awards are presented each year for

O rganization/Originality; R eliability; A chievements; C reativity; L eadership; E xcellence in the Storytelling Community.

I am proud to be receiving the Regional Service and Leadership Award which is presented to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to their local or regional storytelling community and/or have used storytelling to make a significant contribution to the larger community in which they live.

I am humbled to join these former recipients for the Western Region: Liz Warren, LynnAnn Wojciechowicz, Sean Buvala, Lorraine Calbow, Don Doyle and The SMCC Storytelling Institute.
The award will be presented at this year's NSN Summit in Kansas City.
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This Week


The Moth - Busted

Wednesday - May 23rd 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Moth StorySLAM returns for its second night of personal storytelling. 

BUSTED: Caught red-handed by THE LAW, your mama, your boss or the security camera! Tell us about being sent up the river, to the clink, the principal's office or into the apology zone OR tell us about your own personal Sherlock work: the stake-outs, shake downs, raids and strip searches that brought the perp to justice.

Tickets: $10

*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.
More info & tickets

Bad Buddhist Film Viewing & Party

Friday - May 25th - 7:00 pm - 9 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The Storyline SLAM host Dan Hoen Hull is having a big birthday this May and invites you to join him in the debut of his one hour film Bad Buddhist: A Trip Through The Divine & The Absurd.
The evening will include sundry snacks (like popcorn), a Q & A with Hull, and birthday cake.
Bad Buddhist is a solo theatrical performance originally filmed live at its sold out run. Dan Hoen Hull humorously explores his attempts at becoming a good Zen Buddhist and inadvertently stumbles into the question: What do you do when the ruthlessness of this world breaks your heart?
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 Or below
Online Tickets

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There's a Story Behind That - Perhaps Several

I talk a lot about creating a back-story for your characters through significant objects. Now, let's talk about the possible stories behind your own significant objects.

One of my most treasured objects is a Grover puppet that I have had for over 40 years! I take it with me on almost every trip. I entertain children (and adults) in airports, on planes, in parks or wherever people may need to be engaged or entertained. There are many stories about me and Grover!

Here's a picture of Grover on a trip in France with my buddy Carl, and a sweet little gal named Orian. She is the daughter of a couple that owned a small campground that we stopped at along the river Seine. Grover spoke French to her and made her laugh!

And here's a story I had almost forgotten, tucked away in the shadows of my memory. Circa 1975. I was living in NYC and working as an actor/dancer. I was about to head out with another tour in just a few days. I saw a notice in one of the trade magazines that Jim Henson was auditioning for puppeteers. I had just three days until I left on the tour. I called and was told there were no more time slots. I begged the woman on the phone and said I HAD to meet with Henson. She did find a slot for me and I met both Jim Henson and Frank Oz (the real-life voice of Grover) They ran me through some character voices and then, I couldn't resist telling them that I did Grover. They wanted to see, so I pulled him out of my bag and Frank Oz and I talked Grover to each other for a few minutes... A few of the most memorable minutes of my life! I didn't get the job, but I do have the story.

We all keep and hold dear, certain things that are significant to us. Close your eyes. Think about something you have that is important to you in some way. Maybe it's a photo. Maybe it's a book someone gave you. Maybe it's a piece of jewelry or a small trinket. Perhaps you have some sort of talisman that keeps you grounded or inspires you. Do you have a special object that reminds you of someone or something in your life?

There's a story behind that! Let's hear about it. Where do you keep that object? What does it look like? How did you come by it? When did you get it?  What power(s) does it hold for you? All of these can make a story, a great story about you and your life!

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We All Have Different Talents
Everybody has their niche. Antonio Rocha can float! Andy Offut Irwin can whistle. Some people can juggle, some people can solve a Rubik's cube. Some people can do BOTH at the same time!

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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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