Monday - July 2, 2018
Issue # 321

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

2018 National Storytelling Summit!


 The Storytelling Summit will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, July 26-28, 2018.

The 2018 Summit theme is “Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories.” The Summit is a great chance to see over 20 performances, award-winning keynote speakers and participate in over 25 workshops over a four-day period, conducted by the “cream-of-the-crop” of storyteller presenters. Also come join as we honor our top Storytellers with our International ORACLE Awards on Saturday, July 28 at noon.
The vision of the Summit is to bring together all the individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions who seek to advance their skills, knowledge and showcase their talent from across the world. It is also a great time to see old friends and meet new ones through our networking events, that will encourage sharing information, mentoring, long-lasting collaborations and friendships. You will meet individuals using storytelling in all of its forms and mediums at the National Storytelling Summit.


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This Week



"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
--Ronald Reagan

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Coming Up



Wednesday - July 11th - 8:00pm - 10:00 pm
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë
Chatterbox Storytelling Open Mic is a live storytelling event where everyone is welcome to share their story. Our mission is to give the community a place to share their truth, to connect with others and find their voice.
If you are interested in telling a story you can sign up at the door starting at 7:30pm. We encourage you to share a 6 to 8 minute personal story on the theme, addressing it literally or metaphorically.
Sign-up 7:30pm / Show starts 8pm / Show ends 10pm
All Ages / Adult language and themes may be present
Chatterbox is hosted and produced by Jessie Balli with co-host Estevan Piña. Chatterpod, the podcast recorded at the live show every other week, is produced and recorded by Jared Duran with support from Janell Hughes. The show is hosted on Hoot 'n' Waddle's website.
Fair Trade Cafe is our venue and partner in this show, please support them by purchasing a beverage or snack to enjoy! Free parking for the venue is located in the garage behind the cafe, off of Roosevelt and Central.
More info & tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - SUMMER
Thursday, July 12th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: SUMMER
Curated by Phil Gordon
Produced by Roscoe Mutz
Summertime and the living is easy…unless you have prickly heat. School’s Out. Gentle Breezes. Ice Cream. Exotic Travel. Adventure, romance and relaxation. Were you a Surfer Girl or did you dread bikini season? Did you have a fling or fall in love with baseball? Come join us to listen to true stories that will no doubt confirm what Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “do what we can, summer will have its flies.”

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

Storytellers include:
Aimee Finkelstein 
Stephen Krohn 
Paul Lucie 
Dave Margolis
Mike Schaefer
Christine Levine

Click here for details & info

AZ Storytellers Project - Stories About Stories (It's Their 7th Birthday!)
Thursday, 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.
More info & tickets
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Why, Why, Why?

A Tip from two years ago, but quite relevant today. There are connections to my workshop in Fort Worth last weekend:

It's a question that little kids ask all the time, over and over again!

"No, you can't have cookies for breakfast." - "Why?"
"Because we don't eat cookies at breakfast time."  - "Why?"
"Because cookies aren't breakfast food." - Why?"

Yes, that was a real conversation I had many years ago with my nephew when he was 2 years old.

But it's also a question that coaches will ask (and should), over and over again. Question number one:

"Why are you telling this story?"

The first response is usually, and hopefully, "Because I love it." This is a good start. My first rule of storytelling, and what most seasoned tellers will share with you is that you MUST "Tell stories you love!" So, if this is your answer, then you are on your way...but wait, there's more.

"Why do you love it?

"I love the way Goldilocks is different in this version. I try to make her less of a criminal when she goes into the Bears' house. I love the way I have changed the ending and Goldilocks stays with the Bear family."

Great! You are clear about the things in this story that you love. Knowing what draws YOU to this story is the first step and is crucial in the process. Now, on to the next "Why?", just a bit deeper:

"Why are these things different in your version? Why are these things important to you?

"Because I can relate to Goldilocks. When I was younger, I didn't feel like I belonged in my family. I wanted to have a different family; one where I felt like I fit; one that was warm and loving; and one where everyone responded with love, instead of anger. 

Excellent! You have identified the essence of the story for you; what the story is about. Knowing and understanding this part is very important...partly because it takes you to the next "Why?"

"Why will OTHER people love it?"

"Because it's about wanting something different and good in your life; the desire for love. It's about wanting closeness and loving connections."

Aye, there's the rub! These are universal feelings, and that's what we are looking for in a story! Just because YOU love it is not enough. Other people must be able to relate to the story in some way, otherwise you will lose them part way through the tale. If they can't relate, they won't listen. But touching on universal feelings and emotions is one of the keys to a great story.

The process continues, in a good coaching session, or in your own crafting; what's the answer to all the whys?

Why does Goldilocks want a different life and family?
Why does the Bear family look better to her?"
Why does she "break into" their house?
Why does she do the things she does; eat the porridge; sit in the chair; lie on the bed?
Why aren't the bears angry when they discover the damage that has been done?
     Or if they are angry, why don't they show it the way Goldilocks' family did?
Why do these actions connect with the essence of the story?

If you and your story answer these questions, then you have a great tale that YOU love and the AUDIENCE will love.

So, when you are crafting your story, remember that annoying little kid who keeps asking "Why?" - Then be that kid!

P.S. Thanks to Mark Compton for reminding me of this and for a great conversation! (in 2016)

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Ethel Lee Miller - Writer In Tucson and On the East Coast
If you're near Montclair, New Jersey - 

Just What is Your Writer’s Platform?
With Ethel Lee-Miller
TUESDAY JULY 17 10:15-11:30 AM
Montclair Library - 50 South Fullerton -  Montclair NJ 07042
Hosted by the Write Group of Montclair 
Join Ethel Lee-Miller, speaker, author and writing coach, for this entertaining talk with practical tips and researched ideas on what and how to use social media, and still have time to do what you love - Write. Or hike, or read, or sky dive, or just “be.”
For literary success today, it’s more than the elevator pitch, interviews, and static listings for your book.  You need to know who you are (your platform’s foundation), what you offer your readers (your services), and they have to know you, sometimes in person, and via a current online presence and *social media outlets, (the platform's delivery method, aka Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.   
Not a Write Group member? This is open to the public for writers. RSVP me so I can give the Write Group a heads-up on numbers. etheleemiller@me.com
In Tucson:
If you’re in the Tucson area, we're still writing every week. Showing up and writing is guaranteed to yield amazing results!
Every Tuesday: The Eastside Writing Room: Our very special weekly meeting. Indulge your creative spirit every Tuesday morning for two hours in a quiet supportive environment on Tucson’s eastside with other talented writers. Contact Ethel.


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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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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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