Monday, June 30, 2014
Issue # 114

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

"Tellers of Tales" Founder Now Telling on High

Revered Arizona storyteller, Sheila Pattison, passed away Monday, June 23rd.
Sheila was beloved for her devotion to the art of storytelling. Her work as a librarian, storyteller, story mentor and organizer brought her respect and recognition throughout Arizona and around the United States.  
With Bernice Steinhauser, LaVonne Baker and Mary Ruth Shropshire, Sheila founded Tellers of Tales in 1979. Because of her passion for preserving stories and the storytelling tradition, she helped re-introduce Arizona to storytelling at a time when storytelling seemed to be a dying art. Sheila was a consummate planner and organizational powerhouse, launching storytelling groups, community concerts, story retreats, workshops and other events around Arizona. Over the years, her kind mentoring and encouragement helped launch several storytelling careers. 
Sheila suffered for nearly 10 years from the cascading effects of her tragic fall down a flight of stairs while she was on a hiking trip with her friends. 
She will be greatly missed by many storytellers and storytelling fans.
Thanks to Glenda Bonin for the above information

Last Day for Buddy System to Save $50

For those who have not yet registered for the conference, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to 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.


By the way...the full schedule is up on the website!

We Need Drivers! You Get Benefits!

Phoenix area Storytellers & Students: 

Here's your CALL TO ACTION
AND you get gas money for providing a ride!

E-MAIL Me if you are available at any of the following times:

Date Arrive Day Time   Date Arrive Day Time
7/22/2014 Tuesday 9:02 AM   7/23/2014 Wednesday 8:29 PM
7/22/2014 Tuesday 10:00 AM        
7/22/2014 Tuesday 4:40 PM        
7/24/2014 Thursday 9:10 AM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:15 PM
7/24/2014 Thursday 12:30 PM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:20 PM
7/24/2014 Thursday 12:30 PM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:23 PM
        7/24/2014 Thursday 2:23 PM
        7/24/2014 Thursday 3:10 PM
        7/24/2014 Thursday 10:00 PM

Let me know if you have room for two or three coming in near the same time.

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!

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Friday, July 11th
Met on the Net - Stories of connections made online. 

Shopping, dating, job hunting, pet finding. Across oceans, class divides and cultural barriers we build relationships, lose relationships, find relationships--in a digital dimension. Do you live online? Is there any other way?
Storytellers: Multimedia, interactive performance artist, Laura Milkins; husband and wife duo, Tom and Amy Selegue; jazz aficionado Yvonne Ervin; filmmaker Jana Segal; pediatrician Drew Cronyn; middle school English teacher, Aimee Finkelstein; and Tony Zinman!
Fluxx Studio and Art Gallery - Tucson
416 E. 9th St.
Tucson AZ US
Doors open at 6:30 - show begins at 7 
Fee: $8

Check the calendar section for details

Women's Storytelling Soars
Last month was the one-year anniversary for Out of the Box Women's Storytelling, curated by Anne McDowell. I was unable to attend then but was there last Saturday. What a great turnout and super event!

Anne does a fantastic job of gathering women with stories that honor their spirituality. She is a wonderful host and MC. There are door prizes, trivia and a great lunch with several different selections at the Dobson Restaurant at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

There's really good storytelling going on here, and a lot of camaraderie. 

They meet on the last Saturday (generally) of each month from 10 am till Noon and have a lot of fun. Mark your calendar for their next session, June 26th.
Check out their Facebook page

Mentoring for Self-Publishing with Sean Buvala
Sean Buvala has a new Mentoring Workshop coming up in August - Mentoring for Self-Publishing. Sean has written and self-published several books. Publishing a book may not make you rich, but you can make a few extra bucks with it. And more importantly, it gives you credibility!

Sean knows all the ins and outs of self-publishing and will share his knowledge in this series of workshops and information. 

There are just a few spots left, so register NOW!
Check out Sean's workshop page and video!

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The Last Time I Saw Paris

Some of you (very few I think) may remember this Jerome Kern tune, some may not. But the message for storytellers is a great prompt!

Quite often, one of the best prompts for story creation is to think about firsts (see my tip on firsts). Let's take a look at the opposite...let's take a look at lasts.

Audiences are always interested in what special, difficult or strange things may have happened the last time you did something.

  • The last time I was on an airplane
  • The last time I ate meat
  • The last time I smoked a cigarette
  • The last time I worked at a regular job
  • The last time I told a scary story
  • The last time I told at a five year-old's birthday party (will definitely be the last time)
"Lasts" can be great stories by themselves, connect to more stories from the past or bring you up-to-date to the present and/or future. They can be funny, nostalgic, sad, tragic, or run the gamut of emotions. Combine them with a first time story and you've got a ready-made "bookend" structure. 
So,what happened the last time you saw Paris, or Rome, or your kids, or your parents, or...?
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Sound Advice

Thanks to Elizabeth Matson for this TEDTalk link! Here is sound expert Julian Treasure with a 10 minute video and some great tips for speakers (and storytellers) about how to use the human voice...YOUR voice! 
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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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