Monday, August 3, 2015
Issue # 171

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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NSN - Long Days Full of Content and Joy

The NSN Conference ended Sunday in Kansas City,MO. The days were quite long with many, many choices of great break out sessions and workshops.

The first concert attended was the Healing Story Alliance with wonderful, moving stories by Lani Peterson, Jamie May, Joyce Slater, Laura Packer and Milbre Burch.

Annette Simmons presented for the Stories in Organizations special interest group, focusing on emotions, taking care of your "wounded self" and letting the client do the work.

A full 5-hour session with Bill Harley on Performance Techniques reinforced many of the tipsI have posted in this newsletter. Bill's ability to be both innnocent and wise at the same time is astounding. One special piece Bill shared is that after years of telling one specific story, his understanding of "what the story's about" has changed. So nice to know that the pros don't just settle for "doing what we have always done."

Lani Peterson was amazing in her intensive on Healing Stories. More focusing on how the teller must heal themselves first. Her knowledge and understanding of storytelling and the human condition was awe inspiring.

Judith Black helped those attending to be "authentic" in their telling and presentations. Many tips and distinctions between just going with the flow and being cognizant of the audience, and responding appropriately.

Laura packer shared how to get "unstuck" with some playful exercises and interactions. Always clear, concise, sticking to the topic and on time!

The "Baseball" themed swap was fun, and somehow, the stars were aligned and my name was drawn again this year! I didn't win, or even place, but it was great fun and the crowd roared when I told about getting to "first base" with Karen Hensley of NSN (you had to be there).

My fringe performance on Saturday night at 9:45 (oi vey) went well and I was honored to have seasoned tellers Laura Packer, Laura Simms and Charlotte Blake-Alston attending along with other old and new friends. And much thanks to Elizabeth Matson for your honest feedback and kind words.

SMCC Fall Classes Start August 24th

SMCC Classes start in 4 weeks, so make sure you register now! 
In addition to your old favorites, the semester is jam-packed with some great new classes.

Here is the current lineup of classes:

The Art of Storytelling I
The Art of Storytelling II
The African Storytelling Tradition
Using Storytelling In Educational Settings
Using Storytelling In Healing Settings
Using Storytelling In Interpretive Setting
Using Storytelling in Advocacy Settings
Creating and Telling Personal Stories
Classes are filling up, don't get left out!

Three Weeks Until the Fall Semester

Storytelling II Course at GCC

My Storytelling I classes at GCC are full BUT -- I am so happy to announce that this fall I will be teaching an additional class at Glendale Community College! The Art of Storytelling II will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a second level class and will explore storytelling on a deeper level. We will focus on enhancing telling and language skills, developing repertoires, and defining "who you are" as a teller. Two people have signed up, we need a total of twelve to it going.

I hope you can join us for this class - you'll get 3 credits too! Contact me for more info.
Here's a link

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, August 6th
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Detours
What happens when we're derailed, sidetracked, or change horses mid-stream? Come hear stories of Detours!
Storytellers: Writer, activist, performer, Claire Louise Swinford; movie reviewer and proud mother, Jana Segal; change maker, Michelle Pitot; writer and editor, Elena Acoba; Feminist, free spirit, Lisannette Adelaida Dawson-Ruiz; and author, storyteller, David Ellis Dickerson!

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, August  8th ~ 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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Coming Up


Life and Limb - NEXT WEEK!
Storytellers Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr are busy preparing for their latest story collaboration, "Life and Limb". Join us for this world premier as these two men reflect on a life in the arts, discovering hidden truths behind the songs, dances and roles of their past.

From the producers of UNCONDITIONAL and Footnotes of the Untellable Tale comes a new, true to life story. Collaborators Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr, two combination storyteller-dancers now elevate their artistry, inviting audiences into a unique expression of “living your own story.”

"Life and Limb" is a Transformative Arts Productions (T.A.P.) and will have its premier at the Herberger Theater Center. Click the link at bottom for ticket and performance information:

$6.00 - (additional fees may apply when ordering in advance)
At the Herberger Theatre - 222 E. Monroe
Special Evening Preview
Monday, August 10 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 11, 12:10 pm
Wednesday, August 12, 12:10 pm
Thursday, August 13, 12:10 pm
Tuesday, August 18, 12:10 pm
Wednesday, August 19, 12:10 pm
Thursday, August 20, 12:10 pm
More info
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Never Stop Learning!

I cannot say this enough. Keep on learning. At the NSN Conference, it was so affirming to see so many seasoned tellers attending the workshops of their colleagues. We must all follow in their footsteps. Attend a class or workshop. Use a coach. Get together with a "story buddy". Collaborate with a friend or colleague on a project. 

Every little bit of knowledge will assist you in your storytelling and move you to a higher level.

Don't stop!

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If You See This Pirate…
On a personal note.

If my torn meniscus has been a “bump in the road”, then this is surely a cobblestone street.
I awoke Friday morning at the NSN conference and went down to breakfast. Something didn’t feel quite right, and I realized that oatmeal was “leaking” out of the left side of my mouth. I immediately went to the lobby and had the hotel shuttle take me to the nearest ER. I was whisked into the exam room where the doctor quickly diagnosed my condition as “Bell’s Palsy”. 
It is a viral affliction that affects the muscles on one side of the face. I was unable to raise my left brow, close my left eye, or raise the left side of my mouth in a smile. Consequently, many of my words are slurred. One of the conundrums is that it is difficult to pronounce some letters, like “B” and “P”. Thus, having Bell’s Palsy makes it hard to SAY Bell’s Palsy!
It was a little disconcerting to have this happen away from home, and just prior to the story swap and my fringe performance. I want to thank all of my storyteller friends and colleagues who gave hugs and comfort. You are the best friends anyone could have.
As my eye won’t close, I must wear a patch, which causes some distortion in depth perception and some loss of peripheral vision on the left side. So if you see this pirate, stay on my right when you speak to me, and definitely don’t drive up on my left side! And remember, it's still ME behind the patch!
I will find out more as I visit many doctors this week, but the general prognosis is somewhere between two weeks to six months for recovery. That’s some window! 
Rest assured that I will not let this deter me as a storyteller. My words may be slurred (and let me know if you don’t understand me) but I will continue to teach at the Community College and continue to coach and tell stories. And as the ring in the story states, "This, too, shall pass."
In the words of Jason Taggert from the movie Galaxy Quest “Never give up! Never Surrender!”
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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

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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