Monday, July 27, 2015
Issue # 170

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

Four Weeks until the Fall Semester

Storytelling II Course

My Storytelling I classes at GCC are full BUT -- I am so happy to announce that this fall I will be teaching an additional class at Glendale Community College! Storytelling II will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a second level class and will explore storytelling on a deeper level. We will focus on enhancing telling and language skills, developing repertoires, and defining "who you are" as a teller.

I hope you can join us for this class - you'll get 3 credits too! Contact me for more info.
Here's a link

SMCC Fall Classes Start August 24th

SMCC Classes start in 4 weeks, so make sure you register now! 
IN addition to your old favorites, the semester is jam-packed with some great new classes.

Here is the current lineup of classes:

The Art of Storytelling I
The Art of Storytelling II
The African Storytelling Tradition
Using Storytelling In Educational Settings
Using Storytelling In Healing Settings
Using Storytelling In Interpretive Setting
Using Storytelling in Advocacy Settings
Creating and Telling Personal Stories
Classes are filling up, don't get left out!

Call for Storytellers at ANLC

Ruth Shaw's daughter Nancy Shaw Wilkinson is now the Assistant Principal at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center. She is looking for storytellers to visit classes and share stories with their wonderfully creative students.

The school is one of the most progressive schools in the Valley, open for pre-school through 8th grade. I spent two years telling stories to Nan's class almost every week. It was a GREAT GIG, and one of the best times in my life! Now, as Assistant Principal, Nan wants to bring more storytellers to more classes and students.

The school is at 62nd Street just south of Camelback in Scottsdale. If you are interested in any way, contact Ruth at rshaw38@cox.net.

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, August 6th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Detours

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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, June 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 
East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!
Click here for details & info

Life and Limb - Mark Your Calendars
Storytellers Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr are busy preparing for their latest story collaboration, "Life and Limb". Join us for this world premier as these two men reflect on a life in the arts, discovering hidden truths behind the songs, dances and roles of their past.

From the producers of UNCONDITIONAL and Footnotes of the Untellable Tale comes a new, true to life story. Collaborators Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr, two combination storyteller-dancers now elevate their artistry, inviting audiences into a unique expression of “living your own story.”

Played out in the sacred spaces of performance: onstage, backstage and even the very lives of two performing artists, Life and Limb takes root in the power of theater in real time and real people.

"Life and Limb" is a Transformative Arts Productions (T.A.P.) piece and will have its premier at the Herberger Theater Center. Click the link at bottom for ticket and performance information:

$6.00 - (additional fees may apply when ordering in advance)
At the Hergerger Theatre - 222 E. Monroe
Monday, August 10, Special Evening Preview Performance - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 11, 12:10 pm
Wednesday, August 12, 12:10 pm
Thursday, August 13, 12:10 pm
Tuesday, August 18, 12:10 pm
Wednesday, August 19, 12:10 pm
Thursday, August 20, 12:10 pm
More info
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Good Advice from a Crotchety Old Father

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Poloius has the best advice for his son, Laertes, but it also fits for storytellers. "This above all else - To thine own self be true."

The reality is that it's hard to NOT be yourself. Often, storytellers try to be different from who they are. Sometimes they even try to be like other storytellers they have seen, or even admire. In the end, you will only become a weak imitation of someone else.

Rather than trying to emulate another teller, try to enhance and underscore who you are. Think about what techniques that teller has used to mold them into who they are. How have they gone about refining their storytelling personae? What are their likes and dislikes? What stories do they LOVE (the first rule of storytelling)? What makes them unique?

Then, ask yourself the same questions. How can you zone in on the YOU that is a storyteller? How can you best show that to your audience? How can you be true to yourself, true to the story and true to your audience, all at the same time? Isn't that the ultimate goal of a storyteller?

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Jonesborough Guild on a Storytelling Adventure!
Seven members of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild have set off on a great adventure! These seven friends and storytellers have planned a "road trip" from Jonesborough, Tennessee to Kansas City Missouri. Their destination is the NSN Storytelling Conference, but their trek is much more than a point-to-point journey!

They have given countless hours of their time to raise funds for the trip and will be giving five extra days to travel through four states telling stories at 13 venues (at least). This is a dream mission for them - to take the good news about Jonesborough and our whole area on the road - to plant story seeds - to tell stories to and gather stories from many who have rarely had the opportunity to tell or hear stories.

Six of the tellers are pictured here: Saundra Kelley, Jeff Stratton, Linda Poland, David Claunch, Libby Tipton, and Delanna Reed. 
Learn more about this trip

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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

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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