Monday, June 23, 2014
Issue # 113

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.

The schedule is up on the website! Pick and choose your sessions!

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
AND you get gas money for providing a ride!

If you are available ANYTIME the week of July 21-25
E-MAIL Me and I will send you a NEEDS SCHEDULE

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 by DRIVING THEM FROM THE AIRPORT to the upcoming NSN Conference, July 23-27!

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

I'm Doing A Happy Dance!

Why? Because Parkhurst Brothers is publishing my book, 
101 Tips for Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories!

You could (if you had a lot of time on your hands) look online at every tip from each weekly Newsletter for the past two years...or you could just buy the book.

I have taken the best of my storytelling tips, fleshed them out and grouped them by category: General Tips; Tips for Creating; Tips for Crafting and Tips for Telling Stories. Here's a mock-up of the cover. We hope to have the actual book ready for sale in time for the NSN Conference!

I have received several great endorsements from many tellers that I admire, such as Kim Weitkamp, Antonio Sacre, Jim May and Lyn Ford, to mention just a few. I am humbled by their words and support.

Save a space on your shelf. It will be here soon!

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This Week


The MOST of Lit Lounge - A HUGE Event

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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Give The Organizer What They Want...or Maybe NOT?

Good tellers are always aware of the “golden triangle” relationship between the teller, story and audience. We always stress that one should attempt to meet the needs of the audience. But there is a fourth entity that creeps in from time to time. This is the “organizer”. Certainly, when we are paid, part of our responsibility is to adhere to the wishes of the producer/organizer. But what if something doesn’t feel right?

A colleague shared recently that an organizer asked her to tell “A story about building relationships that would make people cry.” The hairs on the back of my once-therapist neck stood straight up! Inside my brain I am asking "Why?"
Here is where a dialogue is clearly mandated.
I think when a request such as this is made; it behooves the teller to go deeper (which the colleague did). WHY did they want people to cry? Crying is only one possible outcome of strong emotions, but one can make people cry with many different techniques. Two people can hear the same story and one be moved to sadness and tears; the other may be moved to laughter, smiles, feelings of triumph and the realization that they are valuable…all without tears.
More than the outcome of people “crying” I need to know what the organizers hope to accomplish. What do they want the audience to hopefully experience or feel? Do they want them to move to some sort of action, and if so, what? What is the makeup of the group; kids; adults; mixed? Are they from a specified group? What is the purpose of the gathering?
We often say that we must meet the needs of our audience. But I believe it is our responsibility to educate the organizers when we assess that they may not be clear about their goals, or what can or should be an appropriate goal in storytelling. If an organizer told me to “scare the pants off” of a group of small children around a campfire, I would not only balk, I would, most likely, say a polite but emphatic "NO!"
So when you speak to the organizer and get a request that makes you cock your head in disbelief, or makes the hairs on your neck stand up, it’s time to ask some questions...maybe a LOT of questions.
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Stories from Ireland
Yes, it's that time of year again! Our own Liz Warren is back in the land of leprechauns teaching The Irish Storytelling Tradition! She's posted her first two blogs with great photos and great stories.








Always informative and enlightening, It's a travelogue, a story log and a glimpse into the sights, sounds, people, stories and traditions of the Emerald Isle! Click on the picture or on the link below to revel in the green!
Check out Liz's Ireland Journal

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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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