Monday - June 26, 2017
Issue # 268

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

Tribe Gathers in KC

The annual Gathering of the Tribe in Kansas City will happen at the end of this week. It's an opportunity to see many friends and colleagues and to learn from friends and colleagues. Catching up is always fun and energizing. Learning from peers and sharing stories revives the spirit. Celebrating our craft. Celebrating the successes. Celebrating creativity and innovation. Celebrating the struggles and what we have learned.

If you're not coming to KC this weekend, Here's a suggestion:

Find your tribe where you are. Even just one member. Gather locally to revel in our craft and celebrate! 

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Stories About Stories

Wednesday - July 12th - 7:00pm
Phoenix Theatre

100 E Mcdowell Rd,
Phoenix, 85004 US

Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of storytelling from the journalists at The Republic and azcentral.com. You’ll hear the stories behind the stories that make this community so wild and wonderful.
Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Joanna Brathwaite, social media and events producer for The Arizona Republic
Featured tellers:
Rebekah Sanders, Maricopa County politics and government reporter
Kaila White, reporter
John D'Anna, Page 1 editor
Craig Harris, state agencies reporter
Yihyun Jeong, public safety reporter 
Megan Cassidy, public safety reporter
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com. 

Info & Tickets

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, July 6th - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Emergency!
Screams and shouts!… Fight or flight!… Lights and sirens!… Embarrassing autocorrects! …Diaper explosions! …Wardrobe malfunctions!… Emergencies take many forms and we’ve ALL been there. Whether hideous, horrendous, or hilarious, they often make for great stories. Folks who’ve lived to tell their tales will share them with us at Odyssey’s next show. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911. If not, join us at The Screening Room on July 6th!
Avai d’Amico, writer and filmmaker
Lara Howard Smith, avid reader, blogger, and mother
Todd Nardi, wilderness EMT and Infantry Marine
Andy Pfannenstiel, teacher
Joe Silins, contractor and natural builder
Rachel Cramton, pediatric hospital physician
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St
$8 Adults, $6 Students
If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

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Dialogue - Use It to Show.

It's generally accepted that there are three ways to inform your audience about your characters.

One is to "tell" them through narration: "Mary was honest and caring." "John was a spiteful gossip."

Another way is to describe the action (still "telling" but a bit closer to "showing"): "John went on and on, with his gossip and rumors. Mary was not pleased."

The third option is to "show" through dialogue: "Did you hear about Betty? She was literally throwing herself at every man at the party. God only knows what happened afterwards!" Mary cut him off, "I don't believe it! I like Betty. I don't like rumors and gossip. I won't let you cast doubt on her character."

Having your characters interact with dialogue truly reveals who they are through their actions and words.

I recently came across an article by trainer and coach, Anett Grant in the Business Journal: 3 reasons why dialogue is the critical catalyst to great storytelling. Although she is talking about storytelling in business and organizational presentations, it fits for most other storytelling too.

Caveat: Be careful about falling into "He said this - She said that!"

The next time you find yourself "narrating" about who your characters are...consider dialogue.
Read the article here

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Warning, Will Robinson, Danger!
Your Account is Overdrawn!

Have you received a similar E-mail? Or perhaps it's a message that "We are updating our system. Please log in and verify your information." You click on the link and see what looks like a legitimate Web Page with a proper logo and all. Danger Will Robinson. DON'T DO IT!

It is most likely a scam to get you to input your log-in and password. Next thing you know, your account IS overdrawn! Cleaned out, kaput.

Internet scams get more sophisticated every day. Don't believe a message even if it "looks" like it came from the bank. Use your normal log-in process to check. Be wary of Emails (or text messages) that urge you to respond "immediately". Click here, click there, click away your life! 

Pay attention to that man behind the screen. He's the worst kind of wizard, and that's a true story!

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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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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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