Tuesday - May 7, 2019
Issue # 365

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

Slow, Not Empty

The summer is just about here and, as usual, Storytelling is slowing down a bit in the Valley. In addition, we hae lost two ongoing events: Chatterbox Storytelling and East Vallet Tellers of Tales. My calandar lists MOST of teh evets going on in the valley and state, but I can't post an event if I don't know about it.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Send me an y iinformation you have about your storytelling event. Even if you THINK i know about it, it's always a good idea to send me the info.

Please use the link below to send me a request for a listing in the calendar. 
Here is the request page

You Are All So Patient

s week, the Newsletter (me, actually) is two-days-late, and maybe even two-dollars-sh

More than a Paycheck

Recently, Storyteller and Arts Education Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education Dustin Loehr posted on Facebook and asked for suggestions about obtaining a "second job". He, like many of us is looking for "supplemental income" aka more money. I have thought a lot about that, as I recently started working at Chompies Restaurant in Scottsdale.

I also needed some supplemental income. But the first day I started, I realized that the job meant much more. I started working at the Deli Counter, helping people purchase deli items, bakery items and to go orders. It was a bit fast and furious, but I wasn't exhausted, I was elated. I had this sense of excitement as I helped people with their orders.

In addition to telling stories and teaching storytelling, I LOVE helping people. I always have. I love welcoming people into the store. I love finding out what they want. I love asking more questions to help clarify their needs. I love making their experience a warm, inviting and successful one. Helping people feeds my soul!

One of my favorite movies is Dave, where Kevin Kline impersonates the President. Here’s a piece from a press conference he holds. I believe what he says is quite true. (Sorry that the sound is a little low.)

It might be just for you, alone. Or it might be to help raise your family income. Many of our parents and grandparents worked multiple jobs to provide for their families. I love being a Storyteller but right now, it doesn’t pay the rent. That’s just a fact of life. Getting a “paying gig” can help to feed your soul AND feed the kitty!

And...it could provide a lot of material for a story!

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales LAST MEETING

Saturday, May 11th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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!

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

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

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - STYLISH STORIES
Wednesday - May 15th  - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Churchill

901 N. 1st St. - Phoenix

Fashion goes beyond clothing. It can be a statement of who we are and how we want the world to see us. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night celebrating self-expression in the Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum.

Kaila White, host of azcentral's Valley 101 podcast, and Garrett Mitchell, Arizona Republic reporter. 

Mario Avent
Liz Warren
Angelica Lindsey-Ali
Lizbeth Congiusti
Vanessa Wilson

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: Arizona Storytellers is offering live captioning at this event to accommodate guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Elizabeth Montgomery at emontgomery@azcentral.com.
Iinfo & Tickets

Thursday - May 16th , 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

Theme: MAMA RULES: Prepare a five-minute story involving a mother or mothering! Your womb of origin or the person who raised you. Mother love: making it all better or setting you straight. Maternal instincts and mother-powered superhuman acts. (Lifting a car, anyone?) Mama's boys, Mommy Dearest and Mr. Mom also welcome. Becoming a mother, finding a mother, or finally recognizing the wisdom of the one you got. (Please be sure that you bring a story about a mother, not an homage.) Did you get them all to paint the fence or unwittingly show up with your brushes?

Put your name in the hat, ten tellers will be selected.

*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.

$15 - Advance purchase recommended (with fees, comes to $19.50)
More info & tickets

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A favorite tip from April of 2018.

There are all sorts of different patterns in our lives: ripples on a pond; sounds of a bird chirping; mosaics in an art piece; the waves on the ocean; speech patterns in your language and don't forget the patterns of the hero's journey!

These and many other patterns that are played out in the stories we tell; both in the patterns of life and the story itself, and often in the language we use.

All of these patterns are a part of your story. Patterns are important, so we can recognize and relate to them in the story and also in our own lives and stories. So, in some ways, it is our job to represent these patterns in a way that will assist the listener in recognizing theme. How can you highlight or emphasize these patterns for and with your audience?

  • Repetition
  • Call and response
  • Descriptive language
  • Use of metaphors and similes
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Sounds
  • Gestures and body movements
  • Facial expressions
  • Rhyming
  • Pauses
  • ...and many more

Here's a phrase that most of us know, "But wait, there's more!" This could be used effectively in a story where someone continually screws up or, perhaps, comes out smelling like a rose. The phrase merely emphasizes that this is a pattern that happens over and over. Double down with this phrase by using call and response with the audience!

Here's another example:

It was a tiger, a tiger, stepping in time. One could see right through him...waiting...waiting...to commit his carnivorous crime.. His stripes were moving, growling and howling, making ripples in the forest. Waiting...waiting...waiting to dine.

Look at your story. Look for and listen for the patterns...then use them!

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Laura Packer Crushes it - from A to Z!
Friend, colleague and storyteller extraordinaire Laura Packer has just come out with a new book on storytelling and it is #1 on the Amazon charts!

Laura Packer’s new book, "Audience to Zeal" delightfully covers subject areas of storytelling that we have all encountered, and many we have never even thought about.

This is a great thing for storytellers, to encounter concepts that keep us focused, constantly learning and on-our-toes. She covers “dialogue” and also “death” and not only “movement” but “monsters”.

She does this all with the knowledge and “tenderness” (another chapter) that separates her as a great coach and caring friend. Most chapters in this book are short, easy-to-read gems of knowledge gleaned from a lifetime of storytelling and story study.

This book is a clear treatise on storytelling, inspired by all the letters of the alphabet. A treasure for both beginners and seasoned tellers who may understand “blocks” but, perhaps, have never thought about how “baggage” affects their storytelling.

And it is published by Arizona's own Sean Buvala & Small Tooth Dog Publishing! Paperback or Kindle.

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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

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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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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