Monday, August 25, 2014
Issue # 122

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This Week


AZ Rep - Phoenix - Our City, Our Stories

Wednesday, August 27th
We celebrate the Valley of the Sun and the people and places that define her.
For some, Phoenix is a love it or leave it city. Others say be the change you wish to see. We hear from them all, from the trials of its suburban sprawl to the beauty of its Sonoran sunsets.
We've partnered with Visit Phoenix! to bring you a night of tellers who will also share their stories on the Visit Phoenix! blog - a first for the Storytellers Project.
Featured tellers:
Chef Aaron May, writer Meghan Krein, writer Rachel Egboro, writer Dennis Burke, storyteller Laura Rutherford, and community tellers Robert Olson and Joe Finnerty. (No relation.)

Additional information 
  • Stories begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Theater-style seating for 110 is limited to first-come, first-seated basis.
  • Full bar available.
  • Total tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This night is likely to sell out.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds on any purchased ticket.
  • Proceeds from this event will be used to support The Arizona Republic journalism training and education programs.
Subscriber-only benefit: Receive a free First Draft Book Bar pint glass on us! A $10 value. Subscribers will be given a ticket upon registration in person. The ticket can be exchanged at merchandise shop for glass.

For more details & Tickets

Good 'n Plenty at Lit Lounge

Thursday, September 25th

Lit Lounge has been named “Best Spoken Word Series” by the Phoenix New Times and “Best Literary Event” by The Arizona Republic!
The event is SMoCA’s award-winning, highly-charged story-performing series where engaging writers/performers share true stories fused together with live music! The line-up will include New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro, writer/performer Tania Katan, and Phoenix New Times contributors Katie Johnson, Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman, as well as a special musical guest: SunPunchers!
Get your tickets for Thursday, Sept. 25th at Crescent Ballroom now!
Seating: General Admission
Doors: 6:00pm
Show Starts: 7:00pm
Cash Bar
Lit Lounge is sponsored in part by the Saguaro Hotel and The Scottsdale League for the Arts
For more information about the Good ‘N Plenty award/event, visit:

Women Storytellers

Saturday - August 30th - 10am-Noon
Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers. A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and many chances to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

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Take a Tip From the Reality Shows

This is "sort of" a tip. Or maybe it's just another way of conceptualizing or visualizing stories. 

So, you've got your story. You have it timed and know how long it takes to tell. It's a good, solid piece. But sometimes you think...I want more, how do I add more?

I was watching So You Think You Can Dance last week, and realized that they (and other shows like American Idol) know how to do it!

Each performer does a dance (or on other shows, sings a song, or does some sort of act). For the contestants who fail to go through, that is all we see, the basic storyline.

But for those who continue, more is added. We want to know more about this person. Where do they come from? How have they struggled? What challenges have they overcome? Who encouraged them?

The producers accommodate us and show us "side" stories: How their parents gave up everything for them; how they almost died in an accident, but survived; how they overcame drug addiction, etc. These bits and pieces of the contestants' lives are what make it interesting for us. They make us feel for them and want to cheer them on. Just the way we might see characters in a story.

The guy or gal who comes on and does a whacky song and then gets cut is like a bit of comic relief.

But the singer or dancer, who gets the call to perform, struggles, gets help from a mentor or parents, wins the prize and then returns to their home town...who does that sound like?

So take a tip from the producers of these shows, whom I believe may have read Joseph Campbell. They understand the process of a good story.

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Monologue - Substitute Story
Local teller/tapper Dustin Loehr has posted a link to an excellent article. Casting Director Lana Veenker, has written 11 Tips for Monologue-Challenged Actors. There are some great tips, not just for actors (and actresses), but for storytellers too.

Consider these two: Find out what types of pieces are acceptable and Know your monologue backwards, forwards, and inside and out. Now, just substitue "story" for "monologue" and you're on your way!

Don't let a term or phrase deter you from investigating items from other genres that just might have relevance to your storytelling! And don't discount combining one thing you know or do well with storytelling. Just look what Dustin has done!
See the post here

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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

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

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

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

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