Monday, June 16, 2014
Issue # 112

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

Conference Buddy System Saves You $50

For those who have not yet registered for the conference, you can still save $50 with the "Bring a Buddy" rate.  

Although the early-bird $75 savings has expired, folks can still get a $50 savings on a full conference registration by being the 'buddy' of someone already attending - call us at 800-525-4514.  If you are already registered, let your friends know about this opportunity to join us, and NSN will send you, as the buddy, a gift of appreciation as well.

There's a June 30th deadline for this special offer, so ACT NOW!

Teller-2-Teller Connections

New Transportation Win-Win Option for NSN Conference

Phoenix area Storytellers & Students: 

Here's your CALL TO ACTION

There are now 35 COMMENTS on the RIDE SHARE site. 
Go find a Teller and connect with them!

Want to spend time with a "seasoned" teller attending the conference?
Click on the link below to learn how you can get thirty minutes of "schmooze" time with many attendees at the upcoming NSN Conference, July 23-27!

Click here for all the info on Teller-2-Teller Connections!

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This Week


AZ Republic Live Storytelling

Join us at Relish Burger Bistro at the Phoenician resort to celebrate some of the Valley's most creative culinary and bartending talents as they share stories of cooking capers, destroyed dishes and tasty triumphs.

The night's menu:
1st: Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt and Mint
2nd: Arugula and Radish Salad
3rd: Grilled Skirt Steak, Watercress and Chiles
4th: Rhubarb Parfait, Cardamom Cream and Pistachios

Additional information 

  • $75 Ticket price covers three-course dinner, tax, tip and admission to event, ticket purchase serves as your reservation. 
  • Total tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis

Click here for Tickets

Bad Buddhist at Space 55

June 20th

Storyline: where the themes of our lives intersect. A monthly real-life storytelling showcase exploring our complex interconnections through the simple act of storytelling.
Join us on June 20th for a showcase of two storytellers that are considered masters of their craft by Lawn Gnome Publishing owner Aaron Hopkins-Johnson. This month's theme is "Bad Buddhist". This showcase will be presented in the best theater for intimate and honest theater - New Times 2013 Best Blackbox Theater Award recipient - Space 55.
Space 55 Theatre is located at 636 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The show is part of the late night theater series and begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10.

-------------------------ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT - Saturday June 21st

A New Workshop
from Mark Goldman
Craft a Story
Old or New - Any Genre

Two Half-Day Workshops ---- Attend Either or BOTH!

$49 for each . . . or . . . $79 for BOTH

  • The morning workshop will take participants through the entire story crafting process from beginning to end. Mark will use a tested "flow chart" technique to help you "map out" your story, your characters, their relationships and all the pieces in between.
  • The afternoon workshop will focus on the elements of performing your story. Each participant will be given time to tell part of their story, get coached and re-tell.


Click here to E-mail me if you are interested.
Click here for more info

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Coming Up


Executive Speaker Training
Monday & Tuesday - June 23-24
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop Monday & Tuesday, June 23rd & 24th. $100 Discount if you register by June 18!

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.

The MOST of Lit Lounge - A HUGE Event
SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, JUNE 26th
“The Most Of” Lit Lounge: Bringing you the Most because we’re already the Best!

A special Lit Lounge on the big stage, bringing you the most engaging story-performers and musicians in the nation to share true stories fused by live music!
Featuring poet-performer-activist who’s appeared on MTV, BET, and Oxygen Network, NPR Sonya Renee Taylor; The Moth Grand Slam winner Jessica Lee Williamson; comedian/author and contributor to The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine and NickMom Dani Modisett; writer/performer and winner of three L.A. Weekly Theater Awards and two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards Kim Porter; TEDx-talking, Comedy Central Stage performing Tania Katan; story-performer and producer who has rocked the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and played a performance artist on Sex and the City Beth Lapides; musical guest with the best use of accordion Where Are All the Buffalo; and you’ve seen her on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and more. . . Annabelle Gurwitch!
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Combine Character Actions and Narrative Voice

Last Saturday, at East Valley Tellers, Judd Lee told a great story of the Poor Traveler and the Fishmonger, A Burmese justice tale. Judd is a master at showing the action of the characters. He used a great technique that day.
As the character of the Poor Traveler, Judd knelt down by the campfire, but with the voice of the Narrator, described his actions of "setting out his cooking equipment and unwrapping his utensils and food."
Then, he looked up at the audience. He continued to tell the story from kneeling on the ground, for just a moment, but his facial expression and voice was clearly coming from the role of narrator. He slowly rose up, and kept eye contact with the audience as physically he now transformed from the Traveler to 100% the Narrator. 
This mixing of character action and narration was quite effective. We were drawn to the action of the traveler, and when Judd looked up at the audience, we knew he was the Narrator and his eye contact (and dramatic pause) held our attention. As he rose, we continued to lean forward attentively, listening and wanting to know what happened next.
The subtle difference between the character(s) and the narrator can prove to be immensely engaging.
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Magnificent Maleficent!

Do you love a good story? One with heroes and villains, love, jealousy, anger, delight, revenge and even more? One with fairies, magic, curses and potions?

Then go see Maleficent!

Disney has finally come of age in this marvelous new re-telling of Perrault's tale. Previously, Disney has been criticized for "sanitizing" so many stories in an attempt to make all things politically correct. Not so here. They have "un-sanitized" their own animated version and ended up with a most satisfying story and telling. 

Angelina Jolie's portrayal and performance as Maleficent reveals all her emotions, and the depth of the transformations that her character experiences. She is both hero and villain in one. She shows us her vulnerability and how her anger turns to revenge, and eventually transforms several more times.

I am usually not a big fan of digitized monsters, but in this new incarnation of Sleeping Beauty, the trees, thorns and grass all morphing into demons to protect, defend and avenge our protagonists seems quite natural and familiar.

Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging. If you go, stay for the credits and the hauntingly beautiful version of "Once Upon A Dream" by Lana Del Rey. I have included it here, but when you hear it in the theatre, as the credits role, with the memories of the images just experienced fresh in your mind, it is even more beautiful.

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in June, July & August

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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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