Monday - August 15, 2016
Issue # 224

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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South Mountain Institute - 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!
*STO292 The Art of Storytelling
7 sections, several in the evening
*STO294 Multicultural Folktales Mon-Wed 11:30 – 12:45 with Marilyn Torres
HUM260 Intercultural Perspectives Mon-Wed 10:00 – 11:15 with Harriet Cole
STO288 Telling Sacred Stories from Around the World  Tuesday eve. 6:00 – 8:30 with Liz Warren
STO297 Creating and Telling Personal Stories  Thursday eve. 6:00 – 8:30 with Liz Warren
STO289AC Using Stories in Healing Settings 2 Saturdays in September with Doug Bland
STO289AB Using Stories in Business Settings 2 Saturdays in September with Liz Warren
*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

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This Week


Tucson Storytelling Concert - Stories at the Rail Yard

Sunday - August 21st - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
610 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

Stories at the Rail Yard

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Jordan Hill, and Debra Olson-Tolar

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of traditional and personal tales. The Rail Yard is a relatively new venue in Tucson that the tellers are very excited about!
Glenda Bonin has made her living as a full-time storyteller since 1996. She is equally comfortable telling stories with her puppets to 5-year-olds, western history tales on local ranches, and personal reminiscences to memory-care patients. Glenda recently presented a workshop at the National Storytelling Conference. See http://www.storyworksgroup.com/ for more info on Glenda.
Jordan Hill is an immensely animated professional storyteller and folktale-twirler, telling traditional tales bursting with energy and enchantment. He roots himself so firmly in the stories that listeners cannot help but join him there with imaginations and hearts flying alongside of him through worlds wonderful and joyous. Jordan has been telling stories professionally for over a decade, weaving tales for groups ranging from NASA and national museums to festivals, retreats, and cultural organizations. See https://jordanhillstoryteller.wordpress.com/ for more info on Jordan.
Debra Olson-Tolar is a storyteller, actor, and speaker. She was the first storyteller asked to join the J. Paul Getty Museum’s initiative to pair original story with pieces from their permanent art collection. As an actor, Debra has appeared on television, film, and stage, including a performance on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele that went viral. See http://www.DebraOlsonTolar.com/ for more info on Debra.
Doors open at 4pm. 
Suggested donation $8 (proceeds go to the artists)
Entrance to Rail Yard is on 16th St., east of Barrio Brewing.
More info here

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Why, Why, Why?

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!

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People Are Good and the World is a Good Place
You know that public service announcement on TV for the Peace Corps? The one with Matthew McConaughey where he says:

"Would it be crazy if you just stopped – everything – packed your bags and left? For a week; a month; a year? What if you left for two years? What if you went far away...to a place where there isn’t a word for recluse, but a thousand words for community?"
Have you ever thought about that? Where would you go? What would you do? Why would you do it (see Tips above)? Some of our storyteller colleagues have, and actually traveled to far away places, to tell stories, learn stories, be part of a community and experience stories! You may know some of them: Layne Gneiting, Laura Simms, Kristin Pedimonte, Fran Stallings, Julie Moss and many others.
Here's another guy who did that...in the most "leap of faith" way one could! 
Rob Greenfield has a simple idea… that people are good and the world is a good place.
So he decided to put his idea to the ultimate test by flying one way to a far off place with no money, no credit card, no cellphone, not even a toothbrush. Just the clothes on his back and a passport. - Here's the story of his adventure:

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, and humanitarian for a sustainable and just world. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits. His YouTube channel is a source for all things sustainable, living off the grid, simple living, zero waste, tiny house, grow your own food, cycling, and green.

And what great stories he has!
Visit Rob's Website for more extremely interesting stories!

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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 - *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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