Monday - June 5, 2017
Issue # 265

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June is Bustin' Out All Over

Well, not really. The Valley is actually bustin' out with summer heat! May 29th was Memorial Day, traditionally signaling the beginning of summer. In Phoenix, that's quite true. The forecast for today is 109 degrees! Yes, we are into triple digits.

Summer also signals a small slowdown of storytelling events. West Side Storytellers, East Valley Tellers of Tales and Tucson Tellers of tales have meetings in June, but then take a hiatus in July and August. 

There are still ongoing events, like Chatter Box on Wednesday evenings 7-10pm at Grand Central Coffee Company. AZ Storytellers continues through the summer with monthly events. Make sure you checkout the CALENDAR section for the latest.

AND - If you are apresenting an event, make sure you fill out the CALENDAR LISTING REQUEST so I know that your event is happening!

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales - Last Meeting for the Summer

Saturday, June 5th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

This is the LAST meeting for the summer for EVTOT. We will reume meetings again in September. Have a great summer! 

NOTE: All of the AZ Guilds are on hiatus until September.
Click here for details & info

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Start With Stories

Perhaps a tip, perhaps just an observation.

While on the Storytelling England/Ireland Tour recently, I had an epiphany, of sorts. One of my expectations for both last year's and this year's tour was that we would all gather at the end of the day and share stories. Favorite personal or traditional stories, or just stories from our day of adventure. It never seemed to happen that way. Most of the time, we met for dinner and reminisced and laughed about what we had experienced that day with each other. Afterwards, we were all too tired to tell or pay attention to any formal stories.

This year, there were a few times when we each went in different directions, and then, during dinner, we related what had happened. But they were mostly anecdotes again, and not formal stories.

However, on our last full day in Dublin, we gathered in the morning to hear some stories that had been delayed for one reason or another. We found a quiet spot in the hotel lobby with comfortable chairs for us all. We were all fresh, rested and ready to hear and appreciate each other's stories. So, next year I will try to schedule more stories at the beginning of the day vs. hoping we will have time and energy at the end of the day.

When we did hear stories, we applauded and told the teller we liked or loved their story. But I realized that in a small group like ours, we needed a little more (my own feelings here). I believe we needed some appreciations. Not only to round out the experience for both teller and listeners, but as a small "teaching" portion of the tour. Appreciations always give us an opportunity to hear what others liked and why. Agreeing (or tacit disagreeing) allow us to make choices regarding how we might use language, techniques, etc. to our own advantage when telling.

We actually told more stories on this tour than last year. Perhaps that was because we had more tellers vs. students. What was truly exciting were those times when we spontaneously stopped and told stories to each other. On the first train ride, we had a car all to ourselves, so, naturally, we turned it into a storytelling car. And on our one hike, the magical forest provided a great setting for traditional tales!

So, when planning events, make sure, when you can, that you start with stories. Don't wait till your time or energy runs out.

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Remind Me Again, Please
Sometimes we need to be reminded. I know I do. As I get older (yes, I am old) I tend to forget things more often. Long-term and short-term memory are both affected.

On our tour, I was speaking about a story that I had started with a small poem; The Girl with the Lavender Hair. I was lamenting about the fact that I hadn't done anything with the story since the day that I came up with the idea. I said that I was having trouble figuring out where to go with it.

In a role reversal, where the student becomes the teacher, Sean Martin had to remind me of something I had forgotten. "You should just do what you did with the bowl of cereal." I was perplexed. Sean continued, "Remember how you did an impromptu story about a bowl of Cheerios? You started with one Cheerio talking to the other."

Oh my, I had truly forgotten that! In teaching how not to be afraid of what comes up as a potential story, I "shifted" my thinking from telling "about" the bowl of cereal, to having the cereal do the talking. 

Well, Sean, thanks for reversing roles with me and reminding me what I was capable of!

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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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