Monday - September 17, 2018
Issue # 332

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

Story The Future

Here's a fantastic Storytelling Summit! Story the Future is a wide collection of diverse storytellers speaking about storytelling, and how it can be used in a variety of settings.

There are many familiar storytellers speaking, including our own local, friend and colleague Sean Buvala, and many other tellers from around the world! 

Head to their website to learn more and see who else is on the lineup. A new teller will be available online each day for three days. The summit lasts the entire month of September, but to see some of your favorites, log on now and get started!
Here's the link

Sharing the Fire - Call for Proposals

                        Northeast Storytelling

SHARING THE FIRE 2019 — Northeast Storytelling Conference
                              “All Kinds”
March 29-31, 2019 @ Hotel 1620, Plymouth, Massachusetts
DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by Midnight (EDT), Sunday, September 23, 2018
Click here for more info

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.
Download Guidelines Here

NSN J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award Applications

Are you – or do you know – a talented younger storyteller who could benefit from a year’s work with an experienced professional mentor?

If so, NSN wants you to know that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 J. J. Reneaux Mentorship Award – a grant that provides $1250 to enable a year’s work between a storytelling mentor and a gifted younger teller (18-30 years old) (Yikes - That means I'm out of the running!).

Two of the past recipients are our own Dustin Loehr (2009) and Cassie Cushing (2015)!

Check out the award description and application instructions at https://storynet.org/about-nsn/awards/j-j-reneaux-award/j-j-reneaux-mentorship-award/.

DEADLINE for applications: MIDNIGHT (EDT), OCTOBER 26, 2018.

Please share this announcement far and wide!  Applicants need not be current members of NSN.

For more information, email Jo Radner at jradner@american.edu.

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This Week


Storyscope -Two Story Circle Events

Hello Storyscope Friends and Volunteers,

Announcing two Storyscope events!
Story Circles: Health
Friday September 21, 7:00 p.m.
The Empty Space, APMA Building, ASU
We’ll come together to share stories about overcoming injury or illness or being a healthcare provider or caregiver … stories about financial health, the health of the planet, or spiritual healing. The result is a kaleidoscope of lived experience. No need to prepare stories in advance. As part of the event, we’ll show you how to develop a personal story on the spot.
Volunteers: If you’re planning to attend and are willing to facilitate a story circle if needed, please let us know (John: john@blackmtncomm.com, or Jennifer: jlinde@asu.edu).
Free admission. For more information, to view a map, or to register (helpful but not required), click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-circle-project-health-tickets-50143057234
Story Circle Facilitator Training
Saturday September 29, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
The Empty Space, APMA Building, ASU
This gathering is for newcomers as well as trained volunteers. If you’ve already facilitated story circles for Storyscope, come to share your reflections. We are refining our format as we gain experience and we welcome your input.
Learn (or revisit) how to:
o create a welcoming setting
o manage time and space
o be a model listener
o how and when to share your own story
o how to lead the group in a concluding reflection     
 Walk-ins welcome but RSVP helpful: RSVP to john@blackmtncomm.com
 Thanks for your interest in Storyscope!

Storyfind: How to Tell a Story from Real Life

Saturday - September 22 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - 
with Liz Warren
SMCC Campus - PAC 740

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC 

Storytelling Institute. The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College. 

September 22, 2018: How to Tell a Story from Real Life with Liz Warren
How do you find and craft stories about yourself and other people? Join Liz Warren to explore this question as you find and craft a story that documents an important change in your life or the life of someone else.


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Coming Up


Myth Informed: Warriors, Women, and Fools in Celtic and Norse Story
Monday - Sep. 24th 6:30-8:30
SMCC - Performance Hall

The SMCC Storytelling Institute Presents:
“Myth Informed”
One Big Family: Warriors, Women, and Fools in Celtic and Norse Story
Told by Harriet Cole and Laura Rutherford
The Celts and Norse – as enemies they fought, as allies they intermarried, And as families they fought again – and they told each other stories!
Join us for an evening of remarkable and compelling tales from the ancestors!
Laura Rutherford will tell the Celtic stories.
Harriet Cole will tell the Norse.
For more information
Contact Liz Warren

A Slice: Stories and Cake - Work & Labor
Thursday - September 27th - 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: Work & Labor
This Month's Cake: Key Lime
This month's MC - TBA
This month's tellers:
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.
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Great Myths of the Future

The video in Tidbits talks about inventions that were invented in MIT's Media Lab - inventions that changed the future of the world. Here's a quote that struck me:

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

Here's a REPRINT of a tip from May/2016 that I believe has some relevance.

This week's tip comes from colleague and Irish teller Yvonne Healy. Yvonne did a workshop on Family stories and I found one exercise particularly interesting and exciting. I believe it has many uses!

Quite often, people don't believe that they have done anything worth "telling" about. They feel their lives are "ordinary" vs. extraordinary. This exercise in a group, or with a person you are interviewing can put a whole new perspective on that concept. And... it forces the teller to use their creativity!

Interview a family member (or friend or colleague) and have them tell you something they did. It could be something simple that they feel may not be very "interesting", but have them tell it anyway.

OR - in a group, partner up and have your partner tell you something they did that seemed extremely mundane, like putting away the dishes, or dusting the shelves.

The next step is to project yourself 5000 years into the future. What would the world be like? Now tell the story back to the family member (or partner) but tell it as a GREAT MYTH. How did that one thing that they did affect the world in the future? How might they be remembered in the folklore of the future?

A long, long, long time ago, Mary dusted the shelves in her house, and did a particularly good job. So good, in fact, that when her friend Jane came over, she noticed the excellent job Mary had done. She was also so pleased that there was no dust in the house as Jane had such bad allergies. Jane told so many people about Mary dusting the shelves and how wonderful it was, that they all decided to follow suit and do the same in their own houses. They even took it a step further and cleaned and scrubbed everything. Each time someone visited a home, they marveled at the cleanliness and vowed to clean their own homes and office spaces with great energy and pride. This spread far and wide, across the country and eventually, around the world. And that is why the earth is such a clean place today, in the year 7016!

There is great creativity in this exercise for the teller, finding a way to frame the story in a different way (and time). And there is great power in having that person hear their tale as a Great Legend, or Myth of the future!

GCC Storytelling Students - Extra Credit: Do this exercise with a family member or friend. Then send me a written version of your Myth of the Future. Approximately 150 words. Make sure it includes: the mundane event; the progression of events and the result in the future (present). Include a description of the person's reaction to your myth/story. E-mail to mark@storytellermark.com by 2:00pm Tuesday - Sept. 18th. Possible 20 points.

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MIT's Media Lab - Mind Boggling Inventions of the Future!
In Storytelling, The MIT means: the Most Important Thing, according to Doug Lipman, the Storytelling Coach. But the other meaning is the Massachusetts Institute if Technology. Yesterday, CBS 60 Minutes did a story on MIT's Media Lab, an incredible an incredible group that has predicted the future in many areas of life. This is a fascinating story of many of the projects they are currently working on (and some of the past ones too)!

For me, the first story is quite incredible. I see applications way beyond this student's ability to search the internet with his mind. hat about stroke victims being able to communicate with the same apparatus? Think of the other possibilities. I found it mind boggling! (I apologize in advance for the commercial breaks.)

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it!"

Click on this video to play.

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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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