Monday - June 25, 2018
Issue # 320

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

Tejas Storytelling Conference in Fort Worth

I'm off to Fort Worth this Thursday for the Tejas Summer Storytelling Conference. I'll be presenting the workshop below. I'm in some good company - Donald Davis, Pippa White, and Jim May are a few of the other presenters. I am honored to share the bill with them!

Susan Klein says, “When something within a folktale resonates with your own story…you do whatever you need to do to get to the root of what it means to you and the truth that resides in the story.”  This session will assist you in exploring and understanding your personal connections to your non-personal story – Making it uniquely yours!


Mark teaches Storytelling at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, AZ; coaches tellers; and facilitates workshops.  His E-Newsletter at www.storytellermark.com provides “Tips” and “Tidbits” about storytelling. He authored Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories, from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers. mark@storytellermark.com

If you are interested in this workshop, but can't make it to the Conference, E-mail me and we'll see if I can set a workshop up in your area - Phoenix, or wherever!

Three Common Mistakes - Free Webinar

Join Teller and consultant Susan O'Halloran Thursday, June 28th, at 4 pm central for a FREE WEBINAR

"Three Common Mistakes Teachers (and Others) May Make that Can Have Them Unintentionally Offending People of Different Races." 

Some of what you will learn:

  • How to deal comfortably and effectively with the realities of race​​​​​​​ 
  • The best way to stop unproductive conversations about what you did or didn’t mean if you ever offend someone—with confidence and poise
  • How to recognize your own hidden biases and the stress they're putting on you
  • What holds you back from creating a welcoming, inclusive school and workplaces despite your best intentions and efforts
  • How to stop walking on eggshells and actually improve school and workplace climate

  • Click here to register
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This Week


Build Your Business with Better Storytelling

Monday - June 25th - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Southwest Valley Chamber of Coommerce
289 N Litchfield Road, Goodyear 85338

Find, Craft and Tell Your Great 5-Minute Business Story!

The "elevator speech" is dead and your networking "commercial" won't work in the real world. In their place, you need a pile of well-crafted, time-adjustable stories of your work and purpose, each ready to be matched to the right people at the right time.

In this low-theory, high-activity workshop, you'll learn why you need to know the difference between anecdotes and stories. You'll experience your memories triggered to find your stories. Finally, be guided in the process to outline, craft and tell one of your newly-created stories with another person. You'll leave with customized and immediately useful content.

Taught by Sean Buvala of The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group LLC.

A light lunch will be provided but registration with the Chamber is required 623-932-2260. Lunch begins at 11:30 followed by the workshop at Noon. 
More Info

The Moth - Endings

Wednesday - June 26th 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Moth StorySLAM returns for a night of true, personal storytelling. 

ENDINGS: Prepare a five-minute story about the final scenes. The last day of school, the dramatic breakup, or the last time you saw your dog. Doors closing, windows opening. When it's all said and done, how did it go down?

Tickets: $10

*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.
More info & tickets

A Slice of Life: Stories and Cake - Great Men

Thursday - June 28th - 7pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! It starts this Thursday and will be hosted by Kathy Nakagawa and John Perovich.
This month's theme: Great Men
This month's MC - Mario Avent
This month's cake: Guava.  
Stories from:
Brittany Castro
Sylvia Torrey
Travis May
Marian Giannatti
Wendy Miller
Kyle Mitchell
Michael Buster. 
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

Want to tell at a future event? E-mail Kathy Nakagawa: nakagawa@asu.edu
Tickets ($10)

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - SUMMER
Thursday, July 12th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: SUMMER
Curated by Phil Gordon
Produced by Roscoe Mutz
Summertime and the living is easy…unless you have prickly heat. School’s Out. Gentle Breezes. Ice Cream. Exotic Travel. Adventure, romance and relaxation. Were you a Surfer Girl or did you dread bikini season? Did you have a fling or fall in love with baseball? Come join us to listen to true stories that will no doubt confirm what Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “do what we can, summer will have its flies.”

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

Storytellers include:
Aimee Finkelstein 
Stephen Krohn 
Paul Lucie 
…and many more!

Click here for details & info

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Paradigm Shift - Your POV Changes Everything

Most often, we tell stories from the Narrator's, omniscient role. Telling the story from a different Point of View (POV) can change everything. The way we look at things around us - our "paradigm" affects how we interpret the world.

To learn more about your story, more about your characters, try "shifting your paradigm" - telling it from a different POV.  What if we told Jack and the Beanstalk from Jack's point of view? Or from the Giant's? Or Jack's Mother's POV? What might we learn?

My name is Jack. I live with my Mother. We are very poor, and my mother is always sending me to town with a task, like: buy some hay; sell milk in the market or some other chore. I don't like it. I'd rather stay in bed and dream about what I could become.


I'm Jack's mother. That's a whole 'nother chore by itself! That boy is the laziest, stupidest kid in the world. Every time I send him to the market, he screws things up. He never listens. He has no common sense. We are very poor, and I can't seem to get him to take any responsibility!

Take a look at the two pictures on the right. Quite a different perspective! One from the road, one from the bike. Do you tell this story as the Narrator, describing how our protagonist rides down the road? Or do we tell it from the first person? Our hero's description while on the bike, while riding the rough terrain, will be a different story. What if "The Road" were recounting the tale of this lone rider, making ruts in its already worn and scarred surfaces? How would "The Road" react? What would it say to our rider?
Try it, just for fun. You will learn a great deal about the characters and the story. And the way you look at the world.
You might even find a new way to tell it!
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A Great Fact-Based Story
I try to make the tidbits section something that I think is funny, or cute, or weird, or all of those. Today's Tidbits are both videos I found on the internet in my Facebook feed. I like them! In the first one, there's a secondary story: The name of the reporter is Liz Plank. (I think I have fallen in love again!) She is a journalist and video blogger and created many podcasts, including, The Divided States of Women. I like this one, as it asks us to look at people (disabled) in a different way.

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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
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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