Monday -July 16, 2018
Issue # 323

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Kudos to My Students

This is the last week of Summer School for my GCC students. I am so proud of them! Two students attended the Storyline Slam last Friday with the theme of "luck". They put their names in the "late" hat and were selected. Jacob told a fantastic story of meeting a man in the hospital while his father was dying. Meeting "Elroy" was a positive break from the sadness of father passing away. Elroy energized Jacob. In the end, both Elroy and Jacob's father passed away. Jacob felt the "bad luck" was his father dying, and the "good luck" was having met Elroy.

He nailed it! I can't figure out why he got some low scores from two judges, but that's the way it goes. 

Sage told a funny story about writing a song about the wax museum where se worked. The owner wanted her to change the lyrics to the "African American" wax museum which garbled up the meter and the rhythm so much that it was laughable. She had them rolling in the aisles! Another good job.

My Students have done well in the mere 8 weeks they have had.

Kudos to them all!

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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - Stories About Stories (It's Their 7th Birthday!)

Tues, July 17th - 7:00 pm
The Van Buren
401 West Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

It’s your chance to hear the news behind the news. Journalists from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com will celebrate the Storytellers Project’s seventh birthday with true stories about journalism.

Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Kaila White, reporter with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured tellers: 
Mary Jo Pitzl, investigative reporter 
Greg Moore, sports columnist 
Ricardo Cano, K-12 reporter 
Lorraine Longhi, Scottsdale watchdog reporter 
Megan Finnerty, founder and director of The Storytellers Project 
Accessibility Note: We are pleased to provide live open captioning for this event, sponsored by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and provided by Karla Martin.  Nearly 1 out of 5 Arizonans have hearing loss and captioning ensures that everyone can enjoy the event.
If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating for this event or a future Storytellers event, please contact info@storytellersproject.com.
Go Here and enter the code: NEWSROOM for free tickets

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Coming Up


The Moth - Age
Wednesday - July 25th 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Moth StorySLAM returns for a night of true, personal storytelling. 

AGE: Prepare a five-minute story about the onslaught of minutes and years. Age is a bonus for cheese and wine and professors but a serious detriment to athletes and bananas. Bring tales of the folly and vigor of youth or the wisdom of age. Expiration dates and age discrimination. Cougars, jailbait, sugar daddies. Stories of growing up too fast, battling the ravages of time or finding contentment in your bracket.

Tickets: $10

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.
More info & tickets

A Slice of Life: Stories and Cake - Nature's Wonder
Thursday - July 26th - 7pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! It starts this Thursday and will be hosted by Kathy Nakagawa and John Perovich.
This month's theme: Nature's Wonder
This Month's Cake: Funfetti
This month's MC - Mario Avent
This month's tellers:
Amelia Lo
Jose Miller
Willie Mae
Dr. Travis May
And featured storyteller
Liz Warren, SMCC storytelling institute director.
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

Want to tell at a future event? E-mail Kathy Nakagawa: nakagawa@asu.edu
Questions? email us

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Personal Intro to Traditional Story Can Help Bridge Gap

Well, folks, seems we are back into the debate/discussion regarding traditional vs. personal stories. Here's a tip from back in 2014:

Perhaps you should read the article and blog referenced below before looking at this tip.

Laura Packer has done an excellent job of discussing the differences between traditional and personal narratives in this edifying blog. Click here to read the blog.

This piece is a great PRIMER on storytelling and the two genres! Laura gives us great perspectives on both types of tales and, in the end, asks us not to draw a line in the sand between the two, but perhaps build a bridge instead. SHe has an example of her doing that within the blog. Well done!

Done? OK, here goes.

Not ready to go full blown on incorporating a personal story into a traditional one? That's OK. You can still make a small link, and enhance your telling of a folktale or fairy tale.

Recently, I told the story of the Two Brothers. It's about their love for each other, and how they sacrifice their own gains to give to the other. Instead of merely beginning the story, I made a reference to my own family, I told of how I did not have any brothers, but did have two sisters. I spoke of how, in our early years, we had a great deal of sibling rivalry. Somehow, when we all got past the age of eighteen, we began to truly show our love for each other. To this day, we are all very close.

This type of personal intro can make an instant bridge and help you connect to the audience even before you start the story. It told the audience a little about me, helped them get in touch with their own feelings regarding family, and set up the premise of the story about two loving brothers.

So, before your story, tell your story.

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Who Let The Dogs Out?
Fascinating! Who...  who, who, who?

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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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

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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