Monday, July 7, 2014
Issue # 115

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

Showcases Highlight Tellers in the Western Region

One of the benefits of having the NSN Confernce in Arizona is that we can highlight the tellers in our region. We've go lots of local tellers along with folks from other states in the Western Region - Idaho, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming

Friday - 1:45-3:15
Sean Buvala, Dale Mary Grenfell, Karla Huntsman, Sandy Oglesby, Laura Rutherford, Kathleen Santopietro Weddel

Friday - 3:30-5:00
Denis Gessing, Mark Goldman, Leticia Pizzino, Joyce Story, Steffani Raff

Saturday - 1:45-3:15
Harriet Cole, Megan Finnerty, Pam Faro, Vance Mellen, Loren Russell, Liz Warren   

Saturday - 3:30-5:00
Karl Behling, Stephen Gashler, Vanita Moore, Elaine Muray, Marilyn Omifunke Torres  

We Need Drivers! You Get Benefits!

Phoenix area Storytellers & Students: 

We ESPECIALLY Need Drivers Thursday Morning

E-MAIL Me if you are available at any of the following times:

Date Arrive Day Time   Date Arrive Day Time
7/22/2014 Tuesday 9:02 AM   7/23/2014 Wednesday 8:29 PM
7/22/2014 Tuesday 9:45 AM        
7/22/2014 Tuesday 10:00 AM        
7/24/2014 Thursday 9:10 AM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:15 PM
7/24/2014 Thursday 11:50 AM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:20 PM
7/24/2014 Thursday 12:30 PM   7/24/2014 Thursday 1:23 PM
7/24/2014 Thursday 12:30 PM   7/24/2014 Thursday 2:23 PM
        7/24/2014 Thursday 3:10 PM
        7/24/2014 Thursday 10:00 PM

Let me know if you have room for two or three coming in near the same time.

Want to spend time with a "seasoned" teller attending the conference?

Click on the link below to learn how you can get thirty minutes of "schmooze" time with many attendees by DRIVING THEM FROM THE AIRPORT to the upcoming NSN Conference, July 23-27!

Click here for all the info on Teller-2-Teller Connections!

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This Week


AZ Republic Live Storytelling

TONIGHT! - Third Anniversary Party!
La Bocca Urban Pizzeria - Tempe

Bold moves, big dares and radical risks.
Come out and celebrate with us, listening to stories of unlikely successes, awkward humiliations and crazy risk-taking. 

Scheduled Tellers:
Lane McShane, community teller
Megan Finnerty, Page One reporter at The Arizona Republic
Liz Warren, director of South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute  
Dennis Wagner, investigative reporter at The Arizona Republic
Ryan Van Velzer, reporter at the Arizona Republic
Micheal Weakley, community teller

  • Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., stories begin prompty at 7:30 p.m
  • Total tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This night is likely to sell out.
Subscriber-only benefit: 
One complimentary glass of wine, draft beer or single-pour cocktail. Subscribers will be given a ticket to exchange for complimentary drink upon registration, and will be entered for a chance to win a $50 La Bocca gift certificate. Drawing will be at end of night.
Did You See...
Megan Finnerty's article about her experience in the past three years of Live Storytelling and what she has learned? - Click Here


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Friday, July 11th
Met on the Net - Stories of connections made online. 

Shopping, dating, job hunting, pet finding. Across oceans, class divides and cultural barriers we build relationships, lose relationships, find relationships--in a digital dimension. Do you live online? Is there any other way?
Storytellers: Multimedia, interactive performance artist, Laura Milkins; husband and wife duo, Tom and Amy Selegue; jazz aficionado Yvonne Ervin; filmmaker Jana Segal; pediatrician Drew Cronyn; middle school English teacher, Aimee Finkelstein; and Tony Zinman!
Fluxx Studio and Art Gallery - Tucson
416 E. 9th St.
Tucson AZ US
Doors open at 6:30 - show begins at 7 
Fee: $8

Check the calendar section for details

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, July 12th ~ 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

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The Last Thing They Hear

In the early days of movies, they put "THE END" up on the screen. This way, everyone in the theatre knew the movie had ended; the story (or at least that part of the story) was over. 

As time went on, movie makers realized that there might be better ways to end the story. Many had what became known as a "tag" line. The last sentence uttered tried to "put a button" on the whole story.

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Back to the Future:
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

At some point, dramatic images either told us what the protagonist was feeling, or answered the question that we were all asking. Case in point: Planet of the Apes

Like beginnings, there are some traditional endings that can work well:

  • And they all lived happily ever after.
  • That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
  • And from that day on, the monster (giant, devil, ogre) was never heard from again.
  • ...but that's a story for a different time.

But is there a different approach the storyteller can take, other than merely telling us, "That's the end of my story"?

Endings in storytelling are crucial. They're almost more important than beginnings, as it is the last thing the audience hears. So, first of all, make sure we HEAR the ending. Don't let your voice trail off into the vapor.

Crafting an ending is not always easy. Here are some things to think about when pondering the end of the story

  • Tell us how the character felt
    • I finally learned what it was like to have the shoe on the other foot!
  • Tell us how the character(s) changed
    • From that moment on, Truth and Story always walked hand-in-hand.
  • Reveal the answer to the question we have been asking
    • The baker shall be paid with the sound of the coins.
  • Reveal the "surprise" we have been waiting for
    • And on their backs...each of the wives were carrying...their HUSBANDS!
  • Give us a glimpse of the future
    • So he promised that every day he would tell her stories. And every day she listened, laughed and loved him even more.

​Think about your story. What's it about? What did you want the audience to know or feel? What can you say to us that will wrap up the story? Not necessarily in a pretty pink ribbon. But what will help give the audience closure, or at least closure for the moment. What will make us think about how the future will be?

Sometimes, be very careful here, you can ask the audience to decide: "And what do you think was in the boy's hand?" Make sure this type of ending question will not make them angry and wishing you had just told them.

And as always, PRACTICE your ending, out loud, over and over again.

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My Desk Looks Like His

Thought I would share one of my favorite W.C. Fields' movie scenes. This one is from The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze. Every time I see it, I think...one of these days, I'm going to get organized. Then I laugh so much that I forget all about it.
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in June, July & August

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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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