Monday, July 11, 2016
Issue # 219

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NSN Conference - Just 10 Days Away

The 2016 National Storytelling Conference (July 21-24 in Kansas City, MO) is right around the corner! If you have not yet registered, I will assume that you are not going. Too bad, as I believe this is the premier event for storytellers. Dozens of workshops with expert colleagues; networking with the best of the best; story swaps; book store; concerts and a story slam!

PLUS - These Arizona Tellers are performing and presenting: Fringe performances by Sean Buvala and Loren Russell - Workshops with Glenda Bonin and Sean Buvala!

Click here for the registration

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers - FIFTH ANNIVERSARY - Growing Up

Monday - July 11th
Crescent Ballroom

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona as we celebrate the awkward and awesomeness of growing up.
Appropriate for ages 13 and older, these stories reflect the universal truths we can draw from unique lived experiences. We're also celebrating our fifth anniversary!! We're growing up, too! 
Co-emcees: Megan Finnerty, Storytellers Project founder, and Liz Warren, Director of the South Mountian Community College Storytelling Institute
Featured tellers:
Kaila White, reporter at The Arizona Republic
Alexus Rhone, associate producer at the Storytellers Brand Studio
Sean Buvala, storytelling educator
Patience Briggs, Arizona State University student 
Jill K. Drowne, second grade teacher 
Brenna Goth, reporter at The Arizona Republic
Event check-in starts at 6 p.m. Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m.
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 Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com.

For more details & Tickets

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers - Olympic Glory
Tuesday - July 19th
Mesa Arts Center

Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic as we celebrate Olympics in the Desert at the Mesa Arts Center in the Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater.
To expand The Republic's Olympic coverage, we're hosting a night of storytelling from Olympians and journalists who cover the games. On this night, we celebrate the moments that inspire and captivate nations when the world comes together to compete at the highest level in athletics. 
Co-emcee - Dan Bickley, azcentral.com Sports columnist, his coverage of the Rio Olympics will be his sixth.
Featured Speaker: 
Jeff Metcalfe, Republic sports reporter; his coverage of the Rio Olympics will be his 13th.
Featured tellers:
Amanda Borden, captain of gold medal-winning U.S. gymnastics team - Atlanta 1996
Alex Sachs, silver medal-winning Brazilian soccer team - Athens 2004  
Judi Coe Adams, U.S. archer - Atlanta 1996 
Misty Hyman, gold medal winning 200-meter butterfly U.S. swimmer - Sydney 2000
Abdi Abdirahman, U.S. 10,000 meters and Marathon runner - Sydney 2000; Athens 2004; Beijing 2008 and London 2012 
Event check-in starts at 6 p.m. Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m.
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 Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com.

For more details & Tickets

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The Digital Age & Storytellers

Last week I went online to research a new battery for my car. In the past, I had always gone to an auto store, bought the least expensive battery and borrowed their tools while I stood in the summer heat and installed it. NOT IN THIS SUMMER'S HEAT! This tiime I went to the AAA website, ordered a battery online and scheduled to have a service van come to my home and install it. I was sent a digital text message confirming the appointment that even had a link to a live, REAL-TIME Google map of where the driver was, and how long it would be before his arrival - updated each minute! Ah, the digital world!

We can't avoid it. We live in the digital age: computers; cell phones; Wi-Fi; mobile hot-spots; 24-7 live-feed web cameras; mobile phone apps, etc. Many of us welcome oral storytelling as a "break" from the cacophony of the digital world; a return to the "good old days" of sitting around the general store, the kitchen table or the campfire and sharing stories in their seemingly "simple and gentler" format. 
And yet, it can be detrimental for the "old-school, traditional" storyteller to discount or completely disregard the digital world.
Case in point: ignoring the fact that one may need "amplification", a sound system so that they can be heard by the entire audience, will certainly harm their program and could possibly damage their reputation. To guard against this, I always inquire about a sound system, but also always bring along my own microphone and battery operated speaker.
But let's go beyond that. How can storytellers utilize more of the digital world to augment their storytelling? Some time ago, Sean Buvala told a mesmerizing story while using a small "finger piano" hooked up to a speaker. The simple repetition of the notes he played, amplified by the sound system added another dimension to the story. Although Power Points have largely fallen by the wayside, the use of projected graphics and images is used by many tellers to take the audience on far-flung journeys and enhance the entire storytelling process. Sometimes "voice-overs" or audio recordings from the past can help "immerse" the audience in the moment of the story.

Case in point: The tragedy of the Hindenburg Dirigible. There is little that can recreate the emotional tension and helplessness of the moment, as the actual sound of the radio announcer's passionate cries and cracking voice utering that now-famous phrase, "Oh, the humanity!"

I know what some of you are thinking, "I don't have the knowledge or ability to use that kind technology." It's okay, you don't have to. There are a number of tellers or others that could help you when needed.
But here's the important point - don't discount the value or possibilities of what might be of use in this technology saturated world to the traditional oral storyteller. Take some time to search out some "digital storytelling". (See Tidbits article Below.)
Be open to the creativity in the form. What can you learn from these stories? Be open to your own creativity in both recreating digital concepts - or turning digital concepts into analog telling.
You may find some ideas that could enhance your stories, or even spark some new ones. You may discover something about the structure of a story that will inspire you to play with the current structure of a story you have. You might see (or hear) something in a digital story that will challenge you to translate it into a (analog) sound, or gesture in your own story that makes it more present for the audience.
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Ten Mind-Blowing Interactive Stories
Storytellers - There is much that can be gleaned from viewing/participating in these "Ten Mind-Blowing Interactive Stories." You may not have the tools to create similar online explorations, but just watching and interacting should give you some ideas about using sound, light, out-of-the-box concepts, audience interaction/participation, story structure and more. It's a veritable feast for the senses!

I urge you, as storytellers, to click on the link and experience several of these stories. Look at the way they use the technology to relate the story. Then ask yourself, "How might I use similar technology in my telling?" Or THEN, ask yourself, "How might I de-construct that technology and then use that in my story?"

In The Boat, there are several "side stories" that the user must click on to experience. And if one wants, they can repeat those parts too - or ignore them. In normal storytelling, the teller chooses whether to go to those pieces, not the listener. How might an oral teller use that concept in performing their story?

There are places where images and even text are shown at sharp angles to indicate chaos, anger or other emotions. How might the traditional teller replicate that in oral telling?

There is background sound and/or music that enhances the mood. Snap Judgment and other NPR storytelling uses that a lot. How might one recreate "background music" in a telling? With Technology? Without technology?

What was done here in a story that you liked? How can you use that concept in a different way in your telling?
Click here to read the articel and view the stories

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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

Yarnball Storytellers 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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