Monday, June 9, 2014
Issue # 111

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.

There's a June 30th deadline for this special offer, so ACT NOW!

Conference Program Ads - Reservations Due TOMORROW!

Want to spread the word? Get noticed? Let storytellers know about your event, service, coaching, bokks, CDs, etc., etc, and MORE?

Advertise in the NSN Conference Program

It doesn't cost a lot, and conference attendees keep their programs FOREVER.

Deadline for space is TOMORROW, Tuesday June 10th - Call them Today!
Click here for details & info

Teller-2-Teller Connections

New Transportation Win-Win Option for NSN Conference

Phoenix area Storytellers & Students: 

Here's your CALL TO ACTION

There are now 35 COMMENTS on the RIDE SHARE site. 
Go find a Teller and connect with them!

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 at the upcoming NSN Conference, July 23-27!

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

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This Week


Bad Buddhist - Two Fridays

June 13th and June 20th

Storyline: where the themes of our lives intersect. A monthly real-life storytelling showcase exploring our complex interconnections through the simple act of storytelling.
Join us either June 13th or June 20th for a showcase of two storytellers that are considered masters of their craft by Lawn Gnome Publishing owner Aaron Hopkins-Johnson. This month's theme is "Bad Buddhist". This showcase will be presented in the best theater for intimate and honest theater - New Times 2013 Best Blackbox Theater Award recipient - Space 55.
Space 55 Theatre is located at 636 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The show is part of the late night theater series and begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10.

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, June 14th ~ 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!
Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


--------------------------------Save The Date - Saturday June 21st

A New Workshop
from Mark Goldman
Craft a Story
Old or New - Any Genre

Two Half-Day Workshops ---- Attend Either or BOTH!

$49 for each . . . or . . . $79 for BOTH

  • A morning workshop that will take participants through the entire story crafting process from beginning to end. Mark will use a tested "flow chart" technique to help you "map out" your story, your characters, their relationships and all the pieces in between.
  • An afternoon workshop that will focus on the elements of performing your storyEach participant will be given time to tell their story, get coached and re-tell the story.

Only 3 spaces left! - CALL ME NOW!

Click here to E-mail me if you are interested.

Click here for more info

Executive Speaker Training
Monday & Tuesday - June 23-24
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop Monday & Tuesday, June 23rd & 24th. $100 Discount if you register by June 18!

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait. . .there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.

The MOST of Lit Lounge - A HUGE Event
SAVE THE DATE - 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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The Devil is in the Details. . .Or is it Feelings?

Normally, storytellers don’t focus on details. We leave that for the writers. Often, too many details squelch the listeners' imagination. Too much description can make it difficult for us to “imagine” in our own heads. When details become minutia, disconnected from emotions, they don’t seem to help.

But if you want the listeners to connect to the feelings, details can bring us back to (or help us to imagine) a time in our lives that mirrors the emotions of the characters and the story.
John and Millie, sat on the hood of his car, parked on the side street. John wanted to reach out and hold her hand, but was hesitant; afraid of what might happen if he reached out. What if she pulled away and rejected him? Slowly, his hand reached out and touched the fingers of her hand. . .
John and Millie, sat on the hood of his car, parked on the side street.  Her name was like music to him. Millicent Meade. Millicent Meade. He had said it over and over, a hundred times in his head. Her white-blonde hair almost blinded him as if it was the sun. He always seemed to see it move in slow motion. Each time she quickly turned her head, her hair seemed to hesitate at first, then slowly follow across the curves of her face, bounce to one side and then back in place to the other. For an instant, it would cover her nose and mouth.
It was the cutest nose he had ever seen, small, and turned upward just enough. It matched her soft lips that were just slightly larger in the middle than at the edges. They looked slightly pursed, as if ready to be kissed. And soft, so soft. He had imagined that softness dozens of times, soft and moist against his. But now, here, today, he dare not even think that. Kissing would be too bold, at first. 
“There’s no way I could start with a kiss”, he thought. “No, certainly not a kiss. I have to start small, and work my way up. We could hold hands. Yes! That would be a good way to start. She’s just sitting there, with her hand so very close to mine. It’s only a few inches away. Why can’t I reach out? She’s so close.”  
He had almost stopped breathing; as if holding his breath could freeze all time and he could, perhaps, move in between those frozen moments without her actually seeing his hand move towards hers. She would only know that one moment it was a few inches away and the next moment, it was touching her. 
He wanted to find that perfect moment to reach out. “Wait, was that the perfect moment? I missed it!” Each perfect moment seemed to pass so quickly. He couldn’t grasp them. Each one was gone in an instant. He wasn’t watching the cars go by, or noticing the wind, or even hearing what she was saying about school.
His heart was racing. His mind was racing. “What if it’s too soon? What if she doesn’t want to hold hands? What if she pulls away? What if she rejects me?” There were a thousand what ifs. . .Then, somehow, he didn’t know how, time did seem to stop. Slowly, his hand reached out and touched the fingers of her hand. . .
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Chicken Soup for the Chicken

The incomparable playwright, author and storyteller, Kevin Kling will be performing in Lawrence Kansas on June 26. If you are lucky enough to be in Kansas, Click here for the link

n this video, Kevin gives us a glimpse of his brilliance and some insights about storytelling. Thanks so much to Priscilla Howe for posting it!
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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?

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