Monday - May 8, 2017
Issue # 262

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Playback Theatre - A Must See!

Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage

Friday, May 12, 8pm
Saturday, May 13, 8pm
Sunday, May 14, 2pm

This is a MUST see for storytellers. This group has been performing for 25 years and is incredible!

Playback Theatre, an innovative, improvisational performance in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and then watch the stories brought to artistic life by the ensemble of actors and musicians. Weaving improvised scenes with music, movement, and metaphor, Playback Theatre performances reflect the diversity of human experience and celebrate our common humanity. Every performance is different, and any story from your life is welcome — or just sit back and enjoy others’ stories! In honor of Mother’s Day, for our Sunday, May 14 performance, stories honoring mothers and motherhood will be invited! Created by Essential Theatre.
More info here

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting

Saturday, May 13th ~ 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!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


The Storyline - Unpacking
Friday - May 19th - 8:00 pm

Changing Hands Phoenix
We need to unpack.
We need to open up and let it out, to put stuff in its place. Everyone needs to unpack at some point or another.
Whether to organize and process thoughts, or simply to see what to get rid of, unpacking is only the first step. Feel lighter.
Join us for Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore for a night of first-person storytelling hosted by Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and featuring tellers Dan Hoen Hull, Anastasia Murae Freyermuth, Sativa Peterson, Charlie Steak, and the Hip Historian Marshall Shore, who will literally unpack some of his vintage suitcases.
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Find Your Walden

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau Left Concord, Massachusetts for a small woodland community on the shores of Walden Pond. Seeking "the simple life"

Thoreau used the time there to write his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The experience later inspired, perhaps, his most famous work, Walden.

Thoreau went to Walden to get away from the distractions of the urban life, to find some calm and solitude in the quiet of the woods and pond.

That was in 1845! There are exponentially more distractions in our lives today than Thoreau could ever dream of. We often hear of people, "unplugging" which really means from the internet and even the phone. But if one stays in the urban environment, there are still cars, traffic, appointments, etc. that can keep us from achieving a desired, higher state of consciousness.

Like Thoreau, many authors have sought our "retreats" where they can go and concentrate on their writing with less of the "outside world" seemingly interfering with their process. Storyteller Kim Weitkamp recently "locked herself away" in a cabin to work on more stories. Local storyteller and comedian Bryan Lee went north to a secluded hideaway to finish a book he is writing.

Where or what is your Walden? Where is the place that allows you to unplug from the normal rat race, and pull back from the chaos or distractions in your life? Maybe it's somewhere close to home, but far enough away from the norm that you can quiet yourself. In the short-term, maybe it's something small, like getting a massage, or having a relaxed, two-hour dinner either solo, or with a trusted friend. Perhaps it's a weekend "staycation" by a local hotel pool where they bring you drinks with little umbrellas, just to be decadent.

Is your Walden just a few hours from your home? Maybe in the woods or the mountains? Or is it farther? Could it be across the country? Back in the home where you grew up? Or is it across the ocean? 

In my trips to England, I rejoice in the culture and spirit of history that exudes in the physical surroundings, and the local people. When I bike to a nearby city, I can revel in the serenity of the quiet countryside and forests in between. Setting up camp; cooking and sleeping solo with the stars above allows my whole body to breathe. Often, the story ideas come at night when the gentle breeze ruffles my tent. I can hear the voices of the characters calling to me.

Have you found your Walden? If not, it may be time to search for it. And when you do find it, even if it's a small or short-term one, make sure you visit it, as often as you can!

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A Little Birdie Told Me
Sweet Tweets from Sean Buvala

Do you have a little birdie sing to you? Does she or he come to you in the middle of the night (or day) and sing out about something important? If not, you should.

There's this Social Media concept called Twitter. Like other social media platforms, one signs up to "follow" a person when they post a "tweet." Tweets are 144 characters or less. Twitter account names start with @. One of my accounts is @Storytellermark. I should probably use it more than I do. Some very good storytellers tweet a lot, with some very good information.

Local Storyteller/Coach Sean Buvala sends out some very good tweets regularly. If you are not signed up to "follow" him,, you should. This week he tweeted links to two great articles that he has written. The tweets are short and usually state the headline of the article, some hashtags (to search on) and sometimes, a picture. Follow the link and read the article, Then save it in some sort of "tips" archive for review at a later time. It's always good to go back and refresh your senses with these articles and tips.

Two recent tweets from Sean direct you to articles that are a must for tellers. The first one uses the "Golden Triangle" of storytelling to help define "Success":

The Ultimate Storytelling Success?
Ultimately, who is responsible for the “success” of a storytelling experience? If you value the story-process, then three entities carry the weight of storytelling success and effectiveness. By the way, I am not sure I know exactly what success looks like in all cases. It seems to be a bit fleeting, no? You can decide what success means for you, but I find that the following three items remain true...Read the entire article here. - And I have a follow up about a time that I wasn't as successful as I could have been.

The second article is about a concept that Sean and I completely agree upon. (See my article: Aesop Had It All Wrong)

Take Away the "Take Away."
May I Suggest: Don't always tell people what to think about your stories. 

It's easy sometimes to think that when we finish telling a story, and this is especially true in telling personal stories, that we need to tell them why we have talked about the story that we just presented. It's as if we can't quite trust the audience to figure out for themselves what our story might mean in their own lives...(Read the entire article here)
If you don't have a twitter account, sign up at twitter.com, give yourself a 
"handle" then sign up to follow Sean and others. Follow Sean at @Storyteller. Follow me at @Storytellermark. Search some of your favorite tellers/authors and coaches online and follow them to get their little "tweets of wisdom from time to time.
And you may want to visit Sean's Facebook page too!
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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

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Chatterbox Open 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 - *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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