Monday, September 15, 2014
Issue # 125

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

Be a Part of the Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down

Friday, October 3th - 6:30-8:30 pm

Gods and Goddesses, Titans, love, infidelity, monster offspring, anger, wrath, revenge, and sometimes a bit of magic!

Be part of the fun! Join everyone at South Mountain Community College as twenty-six storytelling students from the many Community College storytelling classes in Maricopa County share their three-minute versions of Greek and Roman Myths. The audience will vote on the best stories.

Then, on Monday, October 6th, the top seven will tell their full versions for Myth Informed Classic Moves.

E-mail Liz Warren for more info
Check the calendar section for details

Donald Davis Concerts & Workshops - Mark Your Calendars

Master Teller, Donald Davis will be in town from October 13th to the 20th. You can't go wrong when attending either a concert or a fantastic, informative workshop presented by this "Granddaddy" of storytelling.

Sponsored by the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, these events will be very popular and sell out quickly! (More details coming soon.)

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This Week


Celtic Harvest Festival

Saturday - September 20th - All Day
Bagpipers, Dancing Colleens, Celtic Cloggers, Celtic art, artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance, food and beverage vendors - AND STORYTELLERS!

Liz Warren and musician John Good will be partnering to tell many tales, along with a host of other storytellers for the Celtic Harvest Festival in Sedona. Verde Valley High School is the new setting for this celebration of Celtic traditions. It's an all-day affair with entertainment, food, crafts and fun for the whole family. - Lots of redheads too!
Click here for Info & Tickets

Sean Buvala Presents: First and Last - Storytelling Concert

Join us for an incredible evening of stories, plus insights into the storytellers' choices of crafting and choosing stories!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7PM - Avondale

How did you get started? How would you finish? Join us for an evening of storytelling for artists and those who love the performing arts, storytelling and the creative process.

We asked:
"What was the very first story you ever told?”  AND
"If you could never again tell a story, what would be your very last story?
We asked two performers with decades of experience to share their answers…and their stories…with you in an evening of intimate storytelling for adult audiences. Discussion of the stories, the artists and the art follows the storytelling. Stick around and join the conversation. 

Our Tellers:
Glenda Bonin has loved stories and storytelling all her life, but she didn’t start calling herself a storyteller until 1996 when she decided it was time to do something she really wanted to do instead of making a living doing work she didn’t much like. Since taking the plunge as a full-time storyteller, she has been listed as a roster artist in several states, toured the country to present residencies and shows, and is always working on new stories for new audiences. Glenda says she has never been happier than she is today.  
Mark Goldman has a background in theater since the age of eleven, and he has had an extremely eclectic life. He has been (in no particular order) an actor, director, stage manager, speaking coach, magician, mediator, psychodrama therapist, web designer, meeting planner, and chef at a small New York City restaurant/bar. Mark made a decision in January of 2011 to quit his job and focus full-time on storytelling.
Let’s Explore:
How do you come to your art? Was it accident, planning or progress? Did you choose your first story and your first audience or did it happen to you? Should your world end tomorrow and you had but one last story to share, what story would you share?
This event is open to adults and mature teens. We all love children, but this event is not for them.
Get Tickets here

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Coming Up


Lit Lounge at the Crescent Ballroom
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!
This 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!
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

Women Storytellers
Saturday - September 27th - 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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The Name Game

I'm not really talking about a game, but a critical part of storytelling: Giving your characters names.

If you were at last week's AZ Rep Live Storytelling at the Phoenix Theatre, you witnessed Liz Warren in a masterful telling of a personal story from her high school years. She wowed the crowd with a great and humorous story. It had great content, and all of Donald Davis' "Five Ps" (People, Place, Problem, Progress and Point").

It should be noted that Liz used one additional "P" as an effective tool - pauses. An expertly crafted "dramatic pause" holds the audience's attention and puts them on the edge of their seats, wanting to hear what comes next! (See an earlier tip about Pause and Effect.) At this telling, she held the audience in the palm of her hand!

Liz used one more important, specific technique: naming characters. Characters in your story can be referred to as "archetypal", i.e., The King, The Boy, The Princess, The mayor, etc. This is often a good way for both the teller to keep things clear, and makes things easier on the audience, too. It enables them to worry less about, "Which one was that?"

But some characters NEED to be named. In a workshop with Donald Davis, I learned that "giving characters names, makes them real. It gives the listeners a more solid connection to them. It enables them to see them more clearly."

Liz effectively used this concept by telling us the real names of the two most important people in her story, Principal, Wayne Smith, and the local columnist, Arna Lee. Once described, the repetition of each character's name brought forth the full power and visualization of each of them. Of course, her vocalization of "Arrrrna Lee" gave us an even clearer picture of both her, and Liz's relationship to her. And always using his full title and name "Principal, Wayne Smith" continually reminded us of his "station in life" and in the community.

Artfully done by a storyteller extraordinaire!

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The Foreign Storyteller
One of my favorite storytellers is Priscilla Howe. She works a lot with young audiences and also uses puppets. She has told and presented workshops around the world, and next year she will be traveling to Bulgaria for a Fulbright International Summer Institute. (Yeah, wow!)

She recently posted this Story Game in her Newsletter:

One of my favorite games is Foreign Storyteller. Here's how to play: 
  • Determine who in the room speaks Gibberish. No, not a real language but nonsense made up in the moment. We use intonation, voice and body language to convey what we mean.
  • Ask one person to be the Gibberish speaker and another to be the translator.
  • The audience suggests three elements to include in the story.
  • The Gibberish speaker tells the story to the group in Gibberish line by line.
  • The translator tells the audience what the Gibberish speaker has said in English. 
  • Remind the participants that while we use gestures, we're not playing charades, so don't act out every bit of the story. 
  • Remind the Gibberish speaker not to use an actual language. 
  • Be prepared to laugh!
Thanks Priscilla, this is a GREAT game! I often ask my students to tell their entire story in gibberish, in order to enhance their skills in voice, gesture, body and facial expressions. It also reminds me of a previous tip I wrote called, "The Language of Latka."
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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?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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