Monday, May 4, 2015
Issue # 158

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This Week


EVTOT - Guild Meeting

Saturday - May 9th ~ 10am - Noon

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

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!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, May 7th
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: Nemesis
Rival. Thwarter. Jack-wagon. Jerk. You can call your nemesis any nasty name you want, but inevitably you are the one who is changed by your engagement with the enemy.
Sometimes a foe's challenge can inspire your heroism. But facing our nemeses can also mean sinking to their level--you fight dirty with more dirty. Sometimes you champion the common good. And sometimes you write snarky notes to the guy who steals your sandwiches from the company fridge. 
Come hear stories of how we deal with backstabbers, debasers, and straight-up haters. And find out how we're forever altered--or compromised--in the process.
Storytellers: Poet, Songwriter, Journalist, and Pima CC Writing Faculty Maggie Golston; UA Filmmaker and Pathological Explorer Rob Gonzalez; Pediatrician Tracey Kurtzman; Mother and Feminist Rabble-Rouser Tamara Sargus; Writer, Belly Dancer, and Pima CC Writing Faculty Brooke Anderson; Food Critic, Small Business Owner, and Pima CC Writing Faculty April Burge
Location: The Screening Room,
127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: School's Out
Monday - May 11th

As Arizona wraps up its school year, join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories celebrating lessons learned and lessons ignored. On this night out under the stars, you’ll hear from students, teachers and parents about the kinds of things we can only learn in and around the classroom. Or when we’re avoiding the classroom. 
Scheduled Tellers
Arizona Republic columnist Karina Bland
Space 55 associate artistic director Charlie Steak
Torch Theater founder Mack Duncan
Storytelling instructor Laura Rutherford
Retired teacher Sue Raatjes
Director of Academic Services at Center for Student Achievement Justin O'Connell
Community storyteller Carly Davis
Community storyteller Molly McCloy
Community storyteller Anel Arriol
Community storytellers Andrea and John Genette
Tech, education and politics consultant Mark Goldstein
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

Executive Speaker Training
Thursday - May 14th
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop next week.

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait . . . there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.
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Improv Stories - The Next Level

Those who attend the East Valley Tellers of Tales on a regular basis know that we encourage tellers to try doing an "Improv" story. Here's how it generally works. The teller asks for three words from the group. These words may be related in some way...or not. The object is NOT to try and stump the teller, but rather to come up with words that tune into the teller's current feelings and/or state of mind.

The teller then tells a story that must incorporate those three words in some way. It may be literal, or may take other forms of imagination and crafting. This "exercise" came from our colleague, friend and storyteller Laura Packer. Laura has said, "Don't try to create the whole story before you start. Begin with one image. Use and trust your image engine to take you where you need to go." It has proven to be quite a triumph for those who have embraced the challenge! 

Here's the "next step" in this exercise/challenge: Tell an Improv "Pourquoi" story.

Ask the group for four words. These are just suggestions. They have worked for me, you may decide on some other designations:

  • An animal
  • An inanimate object
  • A disaster
  • An emotion

I have tried this in the Guild Group, and also in my classes, and it has produced some interesting stories, like, "How the Giraffe Saved the Peach-Faced Love Birds from the Earthquake", and "How the Dragons Saved Their Children from the Hurricane."

Remember...it's an exercise...but it could turn into a full-blown story!

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What Could I Possibly Learn from a Storytelling Class?
This is the last week of classes at Glendale Community College. This semester I taught three units of The Art of Storytelling - quite a grueling schedule! But, once again, I learned so much from my students. And once again, there were many successes on many different levels.

One of the most rewarding outcomes of all three classes was that every day, after every story, the students gave the teller many appreciations. Even when the story may have been a bit weak. Even when the teller got confused and chose the wrong type of story (it happens). Every time, they got lots of appreciations. This has meant as much to me as the way they all improved their telling, which they did! Their positive support of each other created a great sense of community that allowed them all to progress. For this, I am truly grateful.

Another perk is when a student shares their experience of the learning process. One such student, Jennifer, has given me permission to share with you what she wrote:

I would like to share a story with you! I needed to find a humanities class and as I was scrolling down my computer screen I found one, but it involved literature and poetry. Well, I am not into poetry at all. The word literature translates “you will be writing long, intense essays”. So I did what any student would do, I kept scrolling down…until I found “The Art of Storytelling”.

I honestly laughed a bit and thought, what could I possibly learn from a storytelling class and why is it considered an art? Now, I was curious. And that curiosity caused me to enroll.

After the first day of class, I changed my outlook on storytelling. Each class became more interesting and I could not wait to hear more stories. As the semester went on, I learned the answers to my questions. I realized the importance of stories and how it can be used in many aspects of life. Storytelling is truly an art because the storyteller is an artist who crafts their story to make it more interesting, exciting, and appealing to their audience.

Storytelling has given me a little more confidence and passion, not only in class but to my personal life as well. I know that when I finally become a nurse I will be sharing stories with my patients, not only to comfort them, but to connect with them. I am a bit sad that this class has come to an end because it was such an interesting, exciting, and uplifting semester. Thank you!

And once again, my buttons are popping!

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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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