Monday, May 26, 2014
Issue # 109

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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________________Happy Memorial Day!

_______Thanks to all who have served our country!

NSN Pre-Conference - Storytelling in Organizations

SIO Enlightened Organizational Storytelling
Businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies are opening their doors and their ears to the engaging, enlightening strength of story.  The Storytelling In Organizations special interest group pre-conference session will be packed with useful information and chances for discussion.

“Knowledge Sharing and Conservation in the Forest Service"

Patricia Suchodolski, Knowledge Management Officer of the USDA Forest Service

Keeping the wisdom, experience, and knowledge of retiring employees is a challenge for every organization.  There is no better way to do it than through storytelling! A key tool used by the Forest Service is story sharing.  This is not only important for archiving wisdom and knowledge of retiring employees, but also relevant in knowledge transfer in every area of the agency. Patricia, who holds a MS in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management, will share the background, process, and best practices of their story-archive and knowledge-sharing program.  She will also answer questions about her program and its application to other organizations.


“Making the Business Case for Storytelling”

Mark Steiman, Senior Executive Business Leader

For most of human history, the art of storytelling was a daily part of leadership in a community. Now storytelling has begun to take hold in organizations and businesses across the world.  However, for some storytellers, working in corporate America can seem like a whole other world.  Storytelling is hot, yet phrases like "value proposition," “building a brand” or "the deliverable" can be confusing and daunting. Mark will shed light on what it takes to bring storytelling into the corporate organization.  Mark has 25 years of experience in organizational administration, sales and HR. As an executive leader in Fortune 500 organizations, non-profits and start-ups, he will give us tools, language and know how to advance storytelling in every organization.  Whether you work externally, or internally, this session will be beneficial.


Open Space Technology (OST), an interactive event format
The SIO pre-conference will finish with a one-hour Open Space session.  This format will allow participants a chance to bring an organizational storytelling issue or idea to the group assembled.  During this time, we will break into several small discussion groups to address and discuss these topics.

Teller-2-Teller Connections

New Transportation Win-Win Option for NSN Conference

Conference Attendees:
Get from the Airport to the Hotel & Back

Need to know how local tellers can provide transportation to and from the airport for visiting tellers during the conference? Want to spend time with a new teller-friend? You're only a click away!

Phoenix area Storytellers & Students:
Here's your CALL TO ACTION

Want to spend time with a "seasoned" teller attending the conference?
Click on the link below to learn how you can get thirty minutes of "schmooze" time with many attendees at the upcoming NSN Conference, July 23-27!

Click here for all the info on Teller-2-Teller Connections!

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, June 5th

Stories of those who have survived “behind bars,” from imprisonment and institutionalization to the mental prisons we fashion for ourselves. Stories from the margins of disease, shame, guilt, anxiety and—finally—hope.
Storytellers: artist and performer, Will Clipman; slam poet, Lydia Havens; (soon to be) English and Rhetoric professor, Jessica Shumake; UA associate VP for institutional advancement, Sharon Kha; stand-up comedian, Ryan Malco; drummer, Kevin Lee Lopez; and journalist, Renée Schafer Horton
Fluxx Studio and Art Gallery - Tucson
416 E. 9th St.
Tucson AZ US
Fee: $10

Check the calendar section for details

Women Storytellers Celebrate One Year Anniversary!

Saturday - May 31 - 10am-Noon

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! This great event is curated by recent SMCC Storytelling Institute graduate Anne McDowell.

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


AZ Republic Live Storytelling

Friday - June 6th
Big Ideas, Big Lessons: Stories of Entrepreneurship
Join us at the Central Arizona Supply Phoenix showroom for a night of inspiring, compelling stories of Valley entrepreneurs, the people with the vision, talent and boldness to help shape our city.
Featured tellers: Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply, the Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo, Kendall Ong of Mane Attraction Salon, Kyle Clayton of Jackrabbit Janitorial, Brad Child of Madison's Hot Sauce, Sahar Mitchell of the Strange Family Circus and two more entrepreneurs TBA.
Light bites hosted by Central Arizona Supply, cash bar. Only 125 tickets available ($10).
Details: Stories begin at 7 p.m. 4750 N. 16th St, Phoenix. 602-444-8770. Ticket purchase mandatory.

Click here for Tickets

The MOST of Lit Lounge - A BIG Event
“The Most Of” Lit Lounge: Bringing you the Most because we’re already the Best!

A special Lit Lounge on the big stage, bringing you the most engaging story-performers and musicians in the nation to share true stories fused by live music!
Featuring poet-performer-activist who’s appeared on MTV, BET, and Oxygen Network, NPR Sonya Renee Taylor; The Moth Grand Slam winner Jessica Lee Williamson; comedian/author and contributor to The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine and NickMom Dani Modisett; writer/performer and winner of three L.A. Weekly Theater Awards and two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards Kim Porter; TEDx-talking, Comedy Central Stage performing Tania Katan; story-performer and producer who has rocked the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and played a performance artist on Sex and the City Beth Lapides; musical guest with the best use of accordion Where Are All the Buffalo; and you’ve seen her on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and more… Annabelle Gurwitch!
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Does the Language Fit?

In the old Clint Eastwood movie, Unforgiven, a young fellow rides up to Eastwood's character and says, "You don’t look like no rootin-tootin son of a bitch cold blooded assassin." Clintwood responds, "Say what?"

Whoa there. Hold up just a minute. "Say What?" Hmmm...

Didn't fit for me. It wasn't right for the movie. The term didn't come into use until long after that period in history. Oh, the audience laughed at it, but don't get me started along that path!

In your stories, the language you use should be purposeful and proper for the story. Using a word or a phrase "out of context" doesn't serve the story. It's important that the language of your story is collateral, that it goes along with the meaning and intent of the story, and fit the historical vernacular. It should serve to support or reinforce everything else in your story.

Case in point:
I tell the story of The Pickpockets' Baby. This story takes place around the early 1900's in England. Eventually, the two characters fall in love and get married. Then, the wife...well...how shall we say this?

  • gets pregnant
  • Is going to have a baby
  • gets knocked up
  • is in a family way
  • has a bun in the oven
  • is preggers

All of the above mean the same thing. But I needed a term or a phrase that was more genteel, that fit the times and the morays of the culture. I chose, "She was with child."

Be cautious and careful about how you choose the words and language of your story. Make sure everything you do or say goes along with everything else in the story. Does it fit? Does it serve the story? Then we most definitely want to hear it!


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Craft a Story - Old or New - Any Genre

Save The Date - Saturday June 21st

Two Half-Day Workshops ---- Attend Either or BOTH!

$49 for each ... or ... $79 for BOTH

And as always...A Money Back Guarantee if these workshops don't help you advance your storytelling!

Creating & Crafting Your Story
Performing Your Story
This 4-hour workshop will take participants through the entire story crafting process from beginning to end. All you will have to do is fill in the blanks (and answer a few important questions).

Mark will use a tested "flow chart" technique to help you "map out" your story, your characters, their relationships and all the pieces in between.

Bring a story you already tell and want to improve on. Bring a new story that is just forming. Traditional, personal or any genre will do. You can even come without a story. We'll give you some prompts to get you started.

This half-day workshop will focus on the elements of performing your story.
  • Voice: tone, pitch, character voices
  • POV
  • Timing, Pacing, Breathing, Dramatic Pauses
  • Facial Expressions, Eye Contact
  • Body Posture & Movement
  • Gestures
  • Use of the Microphone
Each participant will be given time to tell part of their story, get coached and re-tell the story.

Doubletree Hotel
320 N 44th St (44th & Van Buren)
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Click here for more info

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in June, July & August

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

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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