Monday - August 14, 2017
Issue # 275

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Storytelling Classes Start in ONE Week

Get ready to tap your imagining mind, discover your voice, and find your personal style. The changing communications landscape for professionals requires a new skill – storytelling. If you make presentations at work; teach; interact with customers or one-on-one with individuals; are in the job market; applying the elements of story will bring you closer to your audience - even an audience of one!

Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways.
  • You make lots of presentations; you want to get better at making presentations
  • You think you don’t have any stories (we’ll bring them out of you)
  • You want a new way of connecting with people (great for networking)
  • You’re interviewing for jobs and want a strong way to present yourself
  • You want to enhance your communication style
  • You just want to have fun!
My two classes at Glendale are filled. South Mountain has the most classes about storytelling, but many of the other Maricopa Colleges have classess too. Check them out at the link below and change the parameters to meet your needs.
*Note: The Art of Storytelling may also be listed as HUM292 or EDU292
          Multicultural Folktales may also be listed as HUM294 or EDU294
For more information, contact Liz Warren at 602-243-8026, or at liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu

Click here to see all course listings - change the parameters to see listings at other colleges

Dog Days of Summer

According to Wikipedia:

"Originally, the phrase, 'Dog Days' had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.
To the Greeks and Romans, the 'dog days' occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe."
Culturally, the phrase has taken on its own meaning of "the hot sultry" days of summer. Here in Phoenix, when it gets hot in July & August (generally our hottest days) there are warnings everyday about not leaving your dog (or baby) inside a car on a hot day, the temperature inside the car can, in many cases cause death.
At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.
Another dog phrase often used is, "I wouldn't put a dog out on a night like that!" Meaning that conditions are so bad that putting the dog out would be disaster. From which came the "shaggy dog" story (shortened here) regarding King Arthur who saw Sir Lancelot on a horse that had been ridden to exhaustion and said, "I wouldn't put a knight out on a dog like that!"
So, during these last few dog days of summer, keep cool, look to the stars for inspiration, enjoy the puns and don't be so Sirius!
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Coming Up


AZ Live Storytelling
Life and Death
Thursday - August 22nd - Crescent Ballroom

Every breath is a gift. What about when that breath ceases? In what ways is that, too, a gift? Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about stops and starts, about beginnings and endings.

Emcee: Megan Finnerty
Featured Storytellers:
Lizbeth Congiusti
Desiree Garcia
Karina Bland 
Liz Warren
Melissa Fossum
Seth Conaway
John Countryman

Doors open at 6:30 PM - stories start at 7:00 PM

General Admission: $10 - Students $5

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, just contact Megan Finnerty:
Click here for tickets

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Advice for Writers and Storytellers Too

The best advice for storytellers - from other storytellers: "Tell stories you love!" and also..."Tell, tell, tell! Tell as often as you can."

The other day, I was surfing the net and an ad popped up on my screen for one of the "Master Class" series of web programs. The site https://www.masterclass.com/ features a wide variety of successful professionals teaching their craft in a series of online video classes. James Patterson, Kevin Spacey, Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman; all "masters" of their own craft offer lessons on how to be better.

This time, on my screen was a class by playwright and Filmmaker, David Mamet. He has written and/or directed such films and plays as: Glengary Glen Ross; The Untouchables; American Buffalo; Speed the Plow; Wag the Dog and Oleanna.

The ad caught my eye, because I know David. We went to High school together! Click here for the trailer.

The trailer has some interesting thoughts from Mamet on writing that may also be relevant to storytellers. He says:

You can't learn about drama without writing plays, putting it on in front of an audience and getting humiliated.

Your job is to tell a story. The story has a hero, and he or she wants ONE thing.

I'm not any less confused than you are, I just got in the habit of doing it.

You gotta stand being bad, cause if you don't you're never gonna write anything good. We're given a great gift and responsibility, which is to tell stories as honestly as we can. And experience things in the process that are beautiful.

So, Get out there and tell; no matter what. Tell, tell, tell. The more you tell, the more you learn. The more you learn, he better you get!

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The Day the Nazis Came
In these very turbulent times, it's hard to know what to say, what to do, which direction to turn. As always, I believe that Storytelling can help. Storytelling can help us be in places that we haven't actually been. It can help us experience things that we never have done. The story and the telling can transform us. Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. But I still believe that story can do this much better than lists and data and evidence. 

In that vein, I offer a great story from a colleague, no longer here, but still close, Syd Lieberman.

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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?

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


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