Monday, May 25, 2015
Issue # 161

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This Week


Out Of The Box Storytelling

Women Storytellers
Saturday, May 30th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

Anne McDowell has organized another event:
Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers.

A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, June 4th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: TABOO. We know that one of you out there has a story about something that NO ONE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT! Sex. Religion. Death. Money. Politics.

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting
Saturday, June 6th

The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, June 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 

Last meeting of the summer!


West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting
Saturday, June 6th ~ 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.

They have BRAND NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/ - Check it out!

Last meeting of the summer!

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop
Saturday - June 6th
9:30 am - 1:00 pm (registration required)

Seaglass Storytelling is a new workshop from long-time Valley teller/coach Sean Buvala.

A workshop on using the unique light of a folktale to improve our personal stories.
The workshop explores the "Three Refractions" and the shadow sides of personal tales. There will be time to work on one's own tale in a small group. Like rare sea glass, the best personal stories are intentionally constructed stories that have the long-term impact of the world tale. 

Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Phoenix Restaurant Greats
Thursday - June 11th
First Draft Book Bar at Changing Hands Bookstore

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories celebrating the Valley’s most iconic restaurants and inspiring chefs, from our past, and our future for a multi-course dinner in the public space at the Newton, now home to Southern Rail and First Draft Book Bar at Changing Hands Bookstore.
Held in the former Beefeater’s space, this night is dedicated to the places, people and culinary creations that define the Valley’s dining scene. Tickets include a dinner, tax, tip and admission to event; ticket purchase serves as your reservation.
Featured Tellers:
Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects (Postino Winecafe, Churn, The Windsor, Joyride)
Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Julie Meeker of Mother Bunch Brewing 
Doug Robson of Otro Cafe, formerly of Gallo Blanco
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

Youth Story Journey Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 2015  10:00am - 11:30am

You don't have to go to NSN in Kansas City this summer to discover the value of the Hero's Journey in creating inter-generational communities where youth thrive. 

Experience the story-based process Harriet Cole uses when working with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix right here in Phoenix during her preview of her NSN Conference workshop. 
This is a way to empower youth to become the here's of their own journeys. Spend a morning learning the activities that will set the youth in your world on the path to increased presentation skills, confidence, and self-esteem. 
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Where do Stories Come From?

This is not just a question children may ask. Certainly, many newbie tellers ask, "How do you find stories?" There are many answers to the question. If we put aside, for the moment, folk tales, fairytales and other traditional stories, we are left with a variety of genres, including personal, fact based, family, etc. So where do these "non-structured" stories come from? The answer, again, is "many places".

I am told that the great Donald Davis writes in his journals each night. He jots down all the people he encountered, and all the places he experienced. Donald has always said that a story starts with people and places.

Many coaches and teachers tell us that we need to know what the story is about before we begin. More and more, I am not so sure about the timing of that. I believe that before we tell in front of an audience, yes, we must know that. But we may not know the real answer at the very beginning. Just as a new baby has no real idea of what they will become, or "grow into", stories can get started without knowing the outcome.

Be on the lookout!
For what? Be on the lookout for ANYTHING that will spur your imagination and creativity. It could be a melody you hear; a piece of clothing you or someone else is wearing; a shard of glass along the sidewalk; a curious sign in a shop; words that a passerby utters; a photo; the way two people are interacting in the mall...or anything that stops you for a moment and makes you think.

Be open to what is around you. A story may not come from one single element. Perhaps it will be the succession of three things happening one day. Perhaps it will be different pieces of advice that people have given you. Maybe it starts with you noticing the colors of the things around you, or the shape of the clouds. What are the connections? What are the similarities, or differences that could have some meaning for you?

You don't always have to "start at the beginning" or know everything about the story and the characters. Sometimes you just have fragments or pieces that you are not sure how they fit together. That is when the creativity and crafting begin. Trust the process, and don't be too impatient. It may take time for the images to coalesce.

Wait and see all of the things that come out of that magic hat...then take your time to decide...what could they be? What story would they tell?

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Story Crossroads - Utah 2016
Rachel Hedman and the Utah Storytelling Guild are collaborating with the city of Fillmore, Utah as well as people like Clive Romney (Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts) and Ken Crossley (EngAGE Utah) to do a Grand Stories Project that has tandem telling with grandparents and grandchildren.  We will then invite some of these grand tellers to Story Crossroads.

In 2016, Life Story Library Foundation is focusing on immigrant and refugee stories that we want to hear on our stage for Story Crossroads.  We are voicing the forgotten of our community in a way that will be unforgettable.  
There will be 80 community members--youth, adults, and seniors--will be featured along with our 50 story artists of different cultures and styles.
Click here for details & info
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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

Yarnball Storytellers 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

Homebase Poetry
Last Sunday of each month - Phoenix

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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