Monday - July 10, 2017
Issue # 270

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

Summer Storytelling Camp - Without the Camping!

It's that time of year: End of Summer. Time for a Storytelling Camp - without the camping. Want to gather for a weekend of Storytelling, Instruction, Coaching, Storygames and Fun? I am planning a Storytelling Camp for late August. We can set up the camp in Phoenix or Tucson ... or BOTH.

Looking at these possible dates:
August 14-16
August 18-20
August 25-27.

These times would be:
Friday afternoon/Evening
Saturday all day
Sunday thru mid-late afternoon

Pricing (Including Saturday & Sunday lunch but NOT including any sleeping accommodations)

Early Bird - Before August 1 - $125
After August 1 - $150

Let me know if you are interested or need more info.
Call or Email me with preferred choice of dates and city. mark@storytellermark.com - 602-390-3858

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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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Stories Help the Healing Process

When you have a cut, one thing you can do is cover it with a band aid. This may stop the bleeding, on merely keep the blood from staining your clothes. What you probably need is an antiseptic, something that does more than cover up your wound. The deeper the cut, the deeper your wound, the more care and attention it needs. It usually needs to be exposed to the air; cleaned out often; more healing salve or ointment, and needs a new dressing.

When the wound goes deep, inside your heart, you need a different kind of salve. Stories can be the balm that helps the healing process, even if it is just for the moment. Grief is a deep wound. So deep that often, the pain persists for a very long time. Grief is different for every person. Each person's way of dealing with grief needs to be different; personal; there is no, "on-size-fits-all." And the old adage, "time heals all wounds" is not necessarily true. Time may help, but the grief may never be fully healed...and that's okay

My mother passed away last week. She had been in a nursing home for three years. In many ways, the person she had been, vibrant; aware; dynamic was lost years ago. I know that her internal struggles and pain are now gone, and for that I am thankful. We were always very close, so the finality of her death has wounded me, severely. 

Here is where stories can help. Stories about someone who has died, remembering their actions, words, triumphs and foibles help to keep the good parts of them inside us, always. Stories of similar people or situations can help us as we relate with the characters (real or fictional). And philosophical stories, stories with a "message" can help us to put things in perspective in relation to our whole world. Stories help us to make sense of the world we live in, which often does not make sense.

For those of you, like myself, who have been wounded by the loss of a loved one, I offer a balm of stories that may aid in your healing. My dear friend and storytelling colleague, Laura Packer, lost her sweet husband, Kevin, three years ago. Part of her healing process (and it IS a PROCESS) was to write and tell more stories, both in oral and written form. Her pieces are heartfelt, deep, revealing and quite poignant. Even before my mother passed away, her stories of Kevin helped me to begin to make some sense regarding my mother's impending loss of physical life.

For anyone who may be dealing with deep wounds of any kind, I offer Stories from Laura's blog, called True Stories, Honest Lies, and hope that her posts may help you, even in some small ways.

And here's another source, National Storytelling Network's Healing Story Alliance special interest group. It is the web page of many storytellers who have been using story to heal in many different ways and situations.

And one more piece...yes, writing this tip has also helped me in my healing process.

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And Now for Some Good News
Here's a great story. We need stories like this. Thanks to Donna Wright for posting on FB.

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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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