Monday - August 20, 2018
Issue # 328

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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This is What You've All Been Waiting For!

Another Contest!

In just TWO weeks, three people will have a celebration! Can you name all three people, and what they will be celebrating together? The FIRST person to E-mail me the correct answer will win a One-Hour, Skype Coaching Session from me! 

ONE ENTRY only per person. 

The three people celebrating are NOT ELIGIBLE to win.

If you don't know the answer, you can still get a great coaching deal from me. I am extending my Summer Coaching Sale through Labor Day, September 3rd! Request and receive a session BEFORE Labor Day for only $40. That's more than 50% off my normal price!

Rules: No purchase necessary. Any individual who enters, attempts to enter or in any way participates or attempts to participate in any contest, sweepstakes or giveaway (“Contest”) conducted by me (“Mark Goldman”) (each such individual is hereinafter referred to as a “Participant”) agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions provided in these Official General Contest Rules (“General Rules”), as well as by Mark's interpretations of these General Rules which are final and binding in all matters relating to any Contest. Some Contests will have specific rules developed for them (“Specific Contest Rules”). In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between these General Rules and the Specific Contest Rules, the Specific Contest Rules shall control. All Contests are subject to and governed by applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation in this Contest is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.

What do you think?
E-Mail Me

Northlands Confabulation - Call for Proposals

Call for Workshops, Showcases & Fringes for the
2019 Confabulation!
in Madison, Wisconsin
April 26–28, 2019
Proposals Due October 15, 2018

In psychiatry, confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.
Don't let the above definition deter you! This is one of the most prestigious and well-run conferences in the storytelling community.

The deadline for proposals is only EIGHT WEEKS away! 
Download Guidelines Here
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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - Our Family, Our Culture

Tues, August 21st - 7:00 pm
Phoenix Theatre
100 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Every family has its own quirks, traditions, recipes and memories. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of tales about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose.
Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Lorraine Longhi, Scottsdale reporter for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. 
Featured tellers:
Millie Hollandbeck
Dimon Sanders 
Randall Howe
Terri Trent
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, contact Kaila White at kaila.white@arizonarepublic.com
For more info & Tickets

The Moth - Collaboration

Previously incorrectly listed as Thursday
Wednesday - August 22nd 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Moth StorySLAM returns for a night of true, personal storytelling. 

COLLABORATION: Prepare a five-minute story about teamwork. Dynamic duos, helping hands, partners in crime. United by a common goal, allied by a mutual enemy. Collective efforts in the kitchen, field or boardroom. Overcoming differences, agreeing to disagree. Celebrating in victory or commiserating in defeat. I jump, you jump. 1,2,3…

Tickets: $10

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.
More info & tickets

A Slice:Stories and Cake - New Beginnings

Thursday - August 23rd - 7pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! 
This month's theme: New Beginnings
This Month's Cake: Cookies & Cream
This month's MC - Brittany Castro
This month's tellers:
Laura Rutherford, Debbie Rowe, Chrissy Dart, Sapna Gupta and our MC, Brittany Castro.
With featured teller Mark Goldman!
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

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Where do Stories Come From?

I'll be starting classes at GCC this week. Quite often, students ask, "Where do stories come from? How do you get your ideas for a completely new story?" Well, here is a tip from three years ago that explains a little about that.

This is not just a question that children may ask. Certainly, many newbie tellers ask, "How do you find stories?" There are many answers to the question. If we put aside, for the moment, folk tales, fairytales and other traditional stories, we are left with a variety of genres, including personal, fact based, family, etc. So where do these "non-structured" stories come from? The answer, again, is "many places".

I am told that the great Donald Davis writes in his journals each night. He jots down all the people he encountered, and all the places he experienced. Donald has always said that a story starts with people and places.

Many coaches and teachers tell us that we need to know what the story is about before we begin. More and more, I am not so sure about the timing of that. I believe that before we tell in front of an audience, yes, we must know that. But we may not know the real answer at the very beginning. Just as a new baby has no real idea of what they will become, or "grow into", stories can get started without knowing the outcome.

Be on the lookout!
For what? Be on the lookout for ANYTHING that will spur your imagination and creativity. It could be a melody you hear; a piece of clothing you or someone else is wearing; a shard of glass along the sidewalk; a curious sign in a shop; words that a passerby utters; a photo; the way two people are interacting in the mall...or anything that stops you for a moment and makes you think.

Be open to what is around you. A story may not come from one single element. Perhaps it will be the succession of three things happening one day. Perhaps it will be different pieces of advice that people have given you. Maybe it starts with you noticing the colors of the things around you, or the shape of the clouds. What are the connections? What are the similarities, or differences that could have some meaning for you?

You don't always have to "start at the beginning" or know everything about the story and the characters. Sometimes you just have fragments or pieces that you are not sure how they fit together. That is when the creativity and crafting begin. Trust the process, and don't be too impatient. It may take time for the images to coalesce.

Wait and see all of the things that come out of that magic hat...then take your time to decide...what could they be? What story would they tell?

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!
Also known as WTF!

The internet is a fascinating place, and there are many interesting facts and points of knowledge out there. But sometimes, all too often on Facebook, there are reports of things that just BAFFLE the imagination. I posted one last week about a special "clip" that holds the covers where they are and prohibits your partner from "steeling your covers"! And it's ONLY $25! Donna Washington had the best comment: "Get two blankets!"

I saw another one recently. A new line of underwear (called Skiin) has sensors in underpants and bras. They each have six different sensors that can track heart rate, temperature, pressure, and motion, as well as your body fat and hydration levels. These sensors are constantly collecting and analyzing data and beaming the insights to an app on your phone. They can also connect with SMART technology. Connecting with Nest, for example, they could automatically adjust your thermostat based on your body temperature. Another, with Spotify, would automatically queue up playlists based on your mood. Who will they call if something else goes on down there?

I don't want my underwear connecting with anything but my butt (and the other stuff, of course)!


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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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

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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