Monday - July 24, 2017
Issue # 272

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

School's Out!

Summer school is over, well, at least my Art of Storytelling class is done. Grades are in and my 20 students did quite well this term. As always, most of them came in fearful of speaking in front of a group. But by the time we got to personal stories, they were quite open with each other and shared some very deep stories.

Two of my favorite comments from this semester:

This class is worth every cent. You come in hating to talk in person but, by the end of the class I guarantee that you will come out a new and better you.

Overall, if someone were to approach me and ask if they should take a Storytelling class taught by Mr. Mark, I would say,"Hell Yeah!".

AND… surprisingly, there were only two times that I actually had to say, “It’s in the syllabus!”

Classes reume for all Maricopa Community Colleges in late August.
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Summer Storytelling Camp - Without the Camping!

It's that time of year: End of Summer. Time for a Storytelling Camp - without the camping.

A weekend of Storytelling,

Coaching, Instruction, Storygames & Fun

for less than $8 an hour!

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

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

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

If you need accommodations, they will be about $50 a night based on double occupancy (slightly higher for a single).

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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Creativity is the Storytellers' Forge

One of my favorite new TV shows is Forged in Fire (History Channel)! It’s a reality/competition between four “bladesmiths”. They are given three hours to create a knife or other weapon from raw material. We watch as they design their knives, select the raw steel and place it in the forge. They deftly hammer, bend and shape the metal to their liking, then hone it and polish it to a fine edge. Well now, there’s a metaphor for storytelling!

There are bladesmiths, blacksmiths, locksmiths, gunsmiths and so, we might call ourselves storysmiths.

We begin by designing the story. What type will it be? What will it be about? How will we use it; What audience will the story be for, etc. Then we choose our materials: Who are the characters; the setting; the time; the “who-what-when-where-why and how” of the story. We put them all together in the forge and heat them up. We mix them and then hammer out each scene and section. We have a vision in our head and continually heat and reheat; shape and re-shape our story until it is the “rough” look of our vision.

Then we cool, or quench it. We grind away the unnecessary parts. We hone it to a fine, sharp edge. We polish it to a high luster. We may decide to add etching or more visual detail. And even after it seems finished and it is used over and over, we examine the edges and continue to reshape and re-sharpen it.

I think it’s a great metaphor and concept. Don’t get too excited though, I already checked and storysmith and storyforge are both taken as websites!

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Storyteller on a Tight? Rope
And speaking of metaphors...

Here's a painting by Quint Buchholz, a German author and artist. I absolutely love this! Colleague Laura Packer posted this as a "Bark-against-the-dark". Her "barks" are positive notes regarding the state of America and the world right now. I think it fits the bill.

I also think it's a great metaphor for improv storytelling, or perhaps even just storytelling.

We are like tightrope walkers, but the rope is not necessarily firmly attached at both ends. Depending on the audience, we literally have the other end in our hands and with each step, decide which direction to go. We are never quite sure where the end is, but when we reach it...we know.

And what a metaphor for life; for the journey we are on. Each step leads us on, but we must find our balance with each step too. A never-ending challenge and joy. For the performer who loves performing, and creating their own stage. 

Perhaps one holds on tightly to the rope. Perhaps one throws it ahead with abandon. Don't go backwards! Don't reel in the rope. Continue to let it unravel and lead you in the direction that you must go!

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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?

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