Monday - August 7, 2017
Issue # 274

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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2018 Historical-Hysterical Storytelling Tour - New Itinerary!

For the last two summers, I have taken several students and colleagues to England on our Historical-Hysterical Storytelling Tour. The first year was 10 days, all in England. This past summer, it was 11 days and we included Dublin, Ireland. Next summer, in 2018, I have planned a very ambitious route!

14 days on the ground, visiting these sights:

  • Dublin - The home of Guinness Beer - and a few other historical venues
  • Edinburgh - The capitol of Scotland and one-time home to Robert Louis Stevenson, author of many stories, including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Newcastle - We will not be bringing coal here!
  • Scarborough - made famous in Simon and Garfunkel's Song, there actually was a fair (open air market) for two months every year in the medieval ages.
  • Nottingham - The home of Robin Hood, Earl of Locksley, near Sherwood Forest
  • Canterbury - the sight of Canterbury Tales
  • London - Steeped with stories of its history and culture
  • Salisbury - Home of Salisbury Cathedral, with the tallest spire in Europe
  • Stonehenge - The ancient formation of spiritual stones

Nine cities and over twenty different venues that will surely delight us with stories of old and inspire us to create anew. It's a lofty goal for next summer. I hope you will join me for this great story-adventure!

Depending on airfare, total cost will be about $2900.00 - So start saving today!

Email me if you are interested and I will send you more details: mark@storytellermark.com

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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:

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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Abraham Begat Isaac; and Isaac Begat Jacob etc., etc.

One way to find inspiration for new stories.

Quite often, when we tell stories, whether personal or traditional, we touch upon images and similar stories inside the minds of the audience members. Have you had people come up to you after a performance and say, "That story reminded me of my Grandmother." Or, "I wrote a story about that when I was in high school." Or perhaps you have heard a story that made you feel you needed to craft your own version of that tale. Good stories give birth to other ideas and images inside of us. Stories beget other stories. 

Are you listening with just your ears, or your whole body? Just as tellers need to tell with their whole being; tellers must listen with their whole being. What images do you see or imagine? What conflicts arise for you? What sounds do only you hear? These are all pieces that you can use to beget a new story. This is just one reason why listening to other tellers is so important. You must listen to your own stories too. Maybe there is a story that needs a companion, or a follow-up tale.

To create new stories: read more stories; listen to more stories and storytellers; listen to your own stories; research more stories and events in history; search out more legends of the past... Then go out and beget!

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More from Other Tellers.
Here are some interesting posts from two other tellers:

Sean Buvala always satisfies! Another of his Wednesday's Words reveals a great tip for tellers about intentionally incorporating a subtle "something" throughout your story.  

What is the singular, intentional and subtle thread that runs through the story you are telling?

With a skilled storyteller, there are many things happening in each storytelling that the audience may not be consciously aware of. It can be as simple as a gesture you make, a tone shift or a pacing decision. I consider this singular subtlety to be felt by the live audience as a "something." They'll feel this something when you, as the teller, gets out of the way of the story; don't preach, don't moralize, don't teach. Speak it and let the subtlety do the work.

Clcik here for the whole article: 

I did not know this teller before, but I got a notice about a post he made that I thought had great value. Jim Lavender has been telling for over 45 years. He now tells mostly personal, true stories. Here's his tip about the consequences of true stories:
People cherish true, personal life stories. A story that is true or almost completely true has the ability to put the audience at ease, bring healing, laughter or tears, and in the process, help the hearer identify personally with your story while positively impacting their own lives.
Generally speaking, most of my stories are true life experiences.  I share stories from my childhood all the way through last week.  Some are funny and some tug at your heart. I do not believe in ‘using’ my audience to adopt my agenda. I do, however, try to improve in some positive way, the life situation of those who choose to hear me tell. In fact, I’ve devoted the rest of my life to helping people relax and laugh in a world that is sorely in need of a break.
Now, you may disagree with me, and if you do we will remain friends, but here are seven positive consequences that I find in Reality Storytelling:
  1. True ‘lived-in’ stories are memorable.  You will be well-remembered for the truth.
  2. Personal, true stories will make you somewhat vulnerable.  This openness and lack of insecurity puts your audience in your hands from the beginning.
Click here for all seven consequences:
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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?

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