Monday - June 13, 2016
Issue # 215

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


My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of the senseless tragedy in Orlando!
We must continue to share stories of real people so we might make connections and stop the violence.


NSN Conference 2016 - Buddy Rate

The 2016 National Storytelling Conference (July 21-24 in Kansas City, MO) is right around the corner!  If you have not yet registered, we certainly still want you to be included in our Spotlight on Storytelling!

If you know someone who would love to be with us but missed the early-bird rate, tell them to call the office (800-525-4514, ext. 306) and give your name as their 'buddy' who invited them, and we will give them a $50 discount from the regular full conference price (adult or senior/student rate) via phone with credit card or mailed check payment. This offer is only good until June 30th!

These Arizona Tellers are performing and presenting! - Fringe performances by Sean Buvala and Loren Russell - Workshops with Glenda Bonin and Sean Buvala!

Click here for the registration

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This Week


Journeys Storytelling Workshop - Summer Stories

Saturday - June 18th ~ 10:00 am - Noon
Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Journeys Storytelling Workshop Intensive:
Summer Stories with Liz Warren and Mark Goldman

Even if you missed the session on June 4th...come join us! Bring a summer story, or any story and we'll help you refine it. Come prepared to tell us what you need!

It's a season that holds a mountain of memories: road trips or far-away flights to adventure; camping or cabin exploits; backyard picnics. Or maybe there's a favorite campfire story in your family - or folk tale or other story that has special meaning for you. Come explore and share!

Mark Goldman will help us further develop and refine our delivery. It's always great fun! And you just might decide to share your story at our next Storytelling Night on June 24.

More info and Registration

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Coming Up


Journeys Storytelling Concert at Whole Life Center

Friday - June 24th - 7:00 PM
Come hear tales, some true and some tall, from friends both familiar and new. Storytellers will include folks from our monthly workshops - as well as others in the Valley storytelling community. It'll be a night all about the joys and sorrows of summer and more.
Fee: $10

Tucson Storytellling Concert - Mark Your Calendar - June 26th
Sunday - June 26th - 4pm
Tucson Garden Home -
222 E. 14th Street, Tucson, AZ

Direction, Misdirection and Magic: Tales with a Twist

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Mark Goldman, and Debra Olson-Tolar

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of traditional and personal tales in a lovely garden setting (but we'll move inside if the weather dictates).

By the way...
If you want to "carpool" down to Tucson, let me know and we will try to make it happen!

More info here

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Hamilton Creator Nails the Writing Process

This week's tip comes from writer/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton.

Last night's Broadway Tony Awards made history, much like the show that it honored. Hamilton is the breakout Broadway hit about the nation's first Treasurer...done in rap and hip-hop. The creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda was interviewed on 60 Minutes. The show was nominated for a record sixteen awards...and won a record eleven, including Best Musical!

This is "part two" of the segment. At 9:20 on the timeline, Lin-Manuel describes his thoughts on writing (and creating). I think it has connections to storytelling, the concept of "back-story" and crafting a story. Incidentally, it took him six years to write this show. He states that it took him a year to write one song, In the Room Where it Happens. Here is what he says about writing:

I think of acting and writing as pretty much the same thing. It's about getting into the skin of your characters and seeing where they are and knowing how they've grown up. You have to know all this, like in your bones. What they've come up against, who they are; and then you just start talking as them, and you write until the rust comes out of the faucet and it's clear water; and you write down the clear water.

I think this is simply quite brilliant! In the future, I will certainly attempt to "Write until the rust comes out of the faucet and it's clear water."

P.S. Sorry if the video looks off center (and sorry about the Viagra ad). I tried several different ways to embed it and it keeps shifting. If you desire, here is a link to the CBS page (click on PART TWO).


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And Speaking of the Tony Awards...

Watching the show last night brought back a flood of memories! Most of you know that I was an actor/singer/dancer for many years in the professional theatre. I did many touring companies: Fiddler on the Roof (still my favorite); Promises, Promises, Irene, and many others.

One show that was a lot of fun was Disney on Parade, done in arena venues. I was with the show for one year. I was Goofy...I also played the role of Goofy! In addition, I played Winnie-The-Pooh, one of my favorite roles.

Here I am backstage with my four and five year-old (at the time) nephews. Do the math...that was 1973!

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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

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 - *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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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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