Monday, July 18, 2016
Issue # 220

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We're Off to See the Wizards

Yes, Sean Buvala, Loren Russell, Glenda Bonin and I are off to this year's NSN Conference! Did I miss someone's name? Then I hope to see you there. Sean and Loren will be doing separate "fringe" performances, and Sean and Glenda will each be conducting workshops, so they are wizards too!

There will be dozens of workshops with other, expert colleagues; networking with the best of the best; story swaps; book store; concerts and a story slam. What more could you ask for? Workshops and keynotes will be lead by Elizabeth Ellis, Jim May, Heather Forest, Doug Lipman, Priscilla Howe, Laura Packer, Michael D. McCarty and Loren Niemi - just to name a few!

I know there are costs involved, but if you have the opportunity to go, do so! We'll soon find out where next year's conference will be held. If it's somewhere close, or an exciting city, plan to go. The benefits for storytellers are well worth the price!
Click here for the registration

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This Week


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

Are We Oversharing?

Friday - July 22 ~ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix
Panel Discussion

Storytelling and memoir writing seem more popular than ever, and that's brought out the good, the bad, and the "oops, did I really say that?" Join members of the Phoenix storytelling and writing community (pictured left to right) -- Amy Silverman, Dan Hoen Hull, Rachel Egboro, Liz Warren, Robrt Pela (not a typo) and moderated by Megan Finnerty -- as we talk about what's compelling and what's just TMI, and how to know the difference.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Every audience is different. The practiced storyteller understands how this affects the event. One must assess many aspects of the audience and attempt to adjust their performance and constantly "listen" to the responses of the "listeners".

This caveat goes for teachers too.

This semester's students in my Art of Storytelling course were quite different from previous ones. As a teacher, I must approach each class as a separate entity, with students from diverse backgrounds, of different ages, with different life experiences. I must assess their levels and styles of learning; what style of learning best suits them both individually and as a whole? With all of this in mind, I must also deliver the content of the course according to the syllabus. Sometimes, the task seems daunting, and I struggle to answer the same questions a hundred times or hopefully rely on them to find the answer themselves.

While discussing all of this with storyteller and colleague Layne Gneiting, he had a suggestion. Much like storytelling coaching, it's good to get a different perspective. Layne suggested that, perhaps some students are auditory learners vs. visual learners and literally get lost when reading the information. He wondered if making recordings would help those who fit into that category. 

So if my students (audience) are not "visual" readers/learners, but instead are "auditory" listeners, then I need to adjust, or find a way to augment my written syllabus. (I think I've got the "kinesthetic" down, with lots of "active" exercises in class to stimulate that side of their learning. )

That means I have one month before the next semester to make recordings of myself "talking about" the parts of the syllabus. Perhaps "short" videos explaining each assignment would work to help the students understand in a different way. 

Who knows, the phrase, "It's in the syllabus!" might just turn into, "Did you watch the video?" We'll see...

Listen to your audience listening to you!

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I'm Temporarily Out of Tidbits
I seem to be out of tidbits at the moment, and I have to run to an early appointment with the dentist.

Check back later to see if I come up with something...or just make up your own!

That's what storytellers do!

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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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