Monday - May 28, 2018
Issue # 316

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                     Happy Memorial Day!

A heartfelt thanks to all those who have served.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Summer School Starts Wednesday! - Join Me

My Summer School Art of Storytelling Course starts Wednesday at Glendale Community Collage. I have a few slots left. The class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm. If you're not too far away, come join us, we're going to have a great time.

My goals for the class are the same each semester: 

  1. To have fun while everybody learns and grows.
  2. To say "Yes" more often!

If you can't make it, reccommend it to a friend!

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This Week


Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, June 2nd- 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Caritas Center for Healing
330 E 16th Street, TUCSON.

The next Tucson Tellers of Tales meeting will take place Saturday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. at Caritas Healing Center, 330 E 16th Street (in the Armory Park Neighborhood, downtown between 22nd & Broadway, just east of 4th Avenue.)

The program, “The Mad Hatter’s Party!” will be a lot of fun! members and guests can expect to celebrate June and listen to stories told from near and far about le chapeaus (or trilbies) – the hats we wear to impress, for fun, at work and/or to protect ourselves from the elements.

Members attend all our events for free, guests are asked to contribute $5 to help defray meeting costs.

More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 629-0270

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West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, June 2nd ~ 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.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - DIFFERENT
Thursday, June 7th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: DIFFERENT
Curated by Tony Paniagua

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

This Show will be a special fundraising event for Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
Storytellers include:
De Anne Dwight 
Terry Filipowicz
Lavina Tomer 
Ethel Lee-Miller 
Vic Roych
Jamie Salmen
Stephen Hall 

Click here for details & info

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, June 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. - The LAST meeting for the summer!

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

AZ Storytellers Project - Away We Go

Tuesday - June 12th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

From family reunions to whirlwind escapes, vacations can be a time to reflect, relax or explore. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of stories about some of the best – and worst – travel experiences.  

Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Dawn Gilbertson, travel reporter and columnist for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com 

Featured tellers: 

Joanna Brathwaite
Parrish Spisz
Paige Soucie
Scott Craven
Lizbeth Congiusti
Elaissia Sears

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

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Say YES More

This is what I say at the beginning of every semester of teaching The Art of storytelling. One of my goals in class (and in life) is to say "yes" more often. There was one student that absolutely could not get up in front of the class to tell. She just froze. She asked if she could tell her story just to me. Unconventional...but I said "yes"...and she did fine.

I think it might be good advice for storytellers too.

Don't get me wrong - there are times when we should say no:

  • Taking on a story we've never done and have it ready to tell tomorrow
  • Working for less than we believe we are worth as a teller - unless there are mitigating circumstances
  • Taking advice from someone who says, "If I were telling this story..."
  • Etc...Use your best judgement...and your gut feelings

But more often than not, we are presented with situations where we automatically say "no".

  • We shy away from a story because we are fearful we can't do it justice.    
    -- Say yes and commit to learning the story and getting some coaching!
  • We decline an offer to tell several months in the future because we don't have enough repertoire.
    --- Say yes and do research to find more stories, especially that fit the group you will be telling to.
  • We decline an invitation to a concert because we don't think we will enjoy it.
    --- Say yes and attend, and truly observe and listen. Ask yourself what you learned by listening. 
  • We decline an offer from a friend or colleague to "help" us in any way. We don't want to "put them out."
    -- Graciously accept the offer and know that you are allowing that person to experience the joy of giving.

    Note: One of my biggest regrets was while biking in the Netherlands, when a woman invited me to join her and her family for a meal. I don't know exactly why, but I said no. I missed a great opportunity!

There are many, many more times that I think we should try to say yes.

  • Say yes to yourself when you believe you have done a good job.
  • Say yes to rewarding yourself in some way.
  • Say yes to taking on new stories or genres and trying them out
  • Say yes to asking for help from a coach or trusted story-buddy.
  • Say yes to taking classes and workshops to better your telling

Like Nike says...Just (say yes and) do it.

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The San Diego Connection - Summer Sun, Sand, and Storytelling
Welcome to Storytellers of San Diego 

Eclipse Jun 2018 "Pieces of Peace and Change", June 6th, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

"First Wednesday," storytelling with Sarah Saulter, Mindy Donner, Marilyn McPhie., Jim Dieckmann, hosted by Aunt Li-Anne, telling traditional folktales, literary tales and personal stories at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, 2145 Fern Street, (Fern and Ivy) 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5
Eclipse website        Link to event poster (.jpg)      

Marilyn McPhie "Tales and Legends of Scotland" with Marilyn McPhie, June 20th, 1:00pm, Oasis, Grossmont Center, La Mesa

5500 Grossmont Dr., Suite 269, La Mesa, 91941. Information (619) 881-6262
Marilyn's website       OASIS website


"Love, Marriage and other Dangerous Pursuits," June 27th, 1:00pm, Hervey Library, Point Loma

Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St, San Diego, 92106 An OASIS event, Information: (619) 531-1539,    OASIS website

Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, June 20th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website



Sam Hinton Festival Sam Hinton Folk Festival, June 2nd, Old Poway Park, 12-5:00pm

Annual San Diego Folk Heritage folk music festival, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, All-day music and stories for the whole family, including Storytellers of San Diego in concert at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 with open mic for children 3:00pm and adults, 4:00pm. FREE  SDFH website for info

Highland games "Sea Spells and Moor Magic, Tales and Legends of Scotland, June 22nd, 7:00pm Brengle Terrace Park, Vista

Storytellers of San Diego's annual pre-Highland Games concert, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, $15. More information, Marilyn McPhie (858) 484-1325. More storytelling at the Games on Saturday (23rd) and Sunday
San Diego Scottish Highland Games website for ticket and schedule information



Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, June 12th, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Periods"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email


Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
May 23rd, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com


 Long Story Short

"Long Story Short", Saturday, June 16th, at The Ink Spot, Liberty Station

Topic: "Pew! Pew! Pew! "  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
Long Story Short website



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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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