Monday - September 18, 2017
Issue # 280

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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                                  We've got a plethora of events!

AZ Storytellers Casting Call

Storytelling Impresario Sean Buvala posted this message:

Hi folks. I am looking for other Arizona-local storytellers for a variety of events in the 2017/2018 season. Most events are not paid but include a small stipend for expenses at least. You get real-experience and advanced-level coaching. Events are primarily in the west-valley of the greater Phoenix area.

All skill levels are welcome to apply and folks new to me (or as I determine) will get free and mandatory coaching. Send an Email to me at seantells@gmail.com with the SUBJECT LINE of CASTING CALL 2017 and let me know your interest.

I need tellers that can tell traditional world tales (folk, fairy, myth, legend, etc.) at least and some personal tales will be okay. Casting for both older audiences and some kid/parent events. Follow the directions and contact me. You'll hear back in 24 hours.

Calls for Proposals - STF & Northlands

SHARING THE FIRE 2018 — Northeast Storytelling Conference

Theme: “Discovering Authenticity”
March 23-25, 2018 @ Hotel 1620, Plymouth, Massachusetts
DEADLINE:    Proposals must be received by Midnight (EDT), Friday, October 13, 2017
NOTIFICATIONS:   You will receive an email when your proposal has been received. If you do not receive this email, please contact Deb Roe, nestorytelling@gmail.com
INVITATIONS:         If your proposal is accepted you will be notified in November.
IMPORTANT NOTE  All workshops must be participatory (lectures, panels, showcases, etc. will not be considered).

Call for Workshops for the 
2018 Confabulation in Madison, Wisconsin

Due October 20, 2017

Download Guidelines Here

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This Week


Storyscope Story Circle Facilitator Training

Today- 9/18/17 at 7 PM - 9 PM
The Empty Space - ASU

970 E University, NE Corner of University and Rural
Tempe, Arizona

Storyscope produces story circle events on various themes ("What does 'Home' mean to you?") and the annual "People's State of the Union". Anyone is welcome to join our roster of volunteer story circle facilitators. 

Free - Open to all!

*NOTE: There will bve a series of Storyscope Events starting October 2nd. More information coming next week. In the meantime, for more information, click here

Shining Stars Talent Show - Fundraiser

Auditions - THIS WEEK
Performance - Friday - October 6th

SMCC Performing Arts Center

Save the date for the SMCC Shining Stars Talent Show and Fundraiser at the South Mountain Community College Performing arts Center.
A variety of performing artists from SMCC and the community will audition in September to earn a place in the program. Stay tuned!
The tickets are $25 and the audience will determine which acts take home the cash prizes. A panel of judges will be present for commentary. First place wins $1000, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200. Use the link provided to purchase tickets online!
Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS), a scholarship foundation, is coordinating auditions in September for a talent show in October at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), to raise money for student scholarships. 
A non-refundable $50 Donation is required to audition.
Reserve your audition space today by calling 602-243-8382
Auditions will be held in the Performing Arts Center 
Monday, September 18th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 21st 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 23rd 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thanks for the Mammaries - Tucson

Friday 9/22/17 - at 7 pm (door at 6:30)
YWCA Southern Arizona
525 N Bonita Ave., Tucson
Thanks for the Mammaries--An Evening of Storytelling in Support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 
Penelope Starr and nationally syndicated political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons have gathered seven amazing storytellers for this fundraiser for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
$15 at the door

The Storyline Slam

Friday - 9/22/17 - 7pm
Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix
300 W. Camelback

Dan Hull is calling all storytellers and fans of great storytelling.

"We’ve opened our format up to include everyone with a story who wants to take the stage."

Anyone can sign up and has 6 minutes to tell a story based on the theme FRESH.

Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize.

Come join us for this monthly celebration of the Phoenix storyteller scene, and maybe win some cash.

Dan says he may do an "online process" to put your name in the hat. More info coming soon.

Tickets: $6 online or $8 @ the door

Storyfind at SMCC

Storyfind -  Storytelling and Leadership with Travis May
9/23/17 ~ 1PM - 3PM 

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. 
Sept. 23rd: To be a leader is to be a storyteller. In whatever context you are a leader, you will be asked to tell stories – stories to inspire, to console, to build community, to highlight achievements, to set goals and to reframe setbacks.
Join Travis to learn the five essential stories all leaders must tell, and to craft one of your own.
Travis May has served in many roles throughout his 20-plus year tenure at South Mountain Community College. He has been a Helpdesk Manger, Project Manager, Audio Visual Coordinator and currently an adjunct storytelling instructor. Travis really enjoys being a storytelling instructor and feels storytelling is more than just telling stories, it is a way of life. Travis enjoys incorporating storytelling to engage learners in cultural and community awareness. 

Click here to see the entire Storyfind Calendar

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Outdoor Adventures
Thursday - 9/28/17 - 7:00 pm
Desert Botanical Gardens

From the Grand Canyon to Camelback Mountain to your favorite scenic drive, Arizona’s landscapes inspire us. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of celebrating the great outdoors.
Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project and Lily Altavena, environmental reporting fellow at The Arizona Republic
Featured tellers:
Mare Schumacher
Sally Borg 
Chantel Freed 
Floyd Galloway 
Phillip Kennedy 
Brian Kraus 
Missy Keast 
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
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, contact Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com. 

San Diego - Storytelling Workshop with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
Saturday - 9/30/17 - 2:00-5pm Salvation Army Kroc Center
6845 University Ave, San Diego

Workshop/ master class with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. Robert is one half of the storytelling team of Eth-No-Tech, internationally acclaimed storytellers. They use movement, mime, costumes, and stylized artistic expression to weave great stories for audiences all over the world.
Regisrtration contact Sherrie, Arts 4Learning (619) 282-7599, fee to be determined, limited attendance, 

TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers
Saturday, 9/30/17 1-4 p.m. (doors open at 12:45)
Unscrewed Theatre
3244 E. Speedway, Tucson

Ethyl Lee
TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers (and anyone who wants to tell their story like a pro). Learn skills and have fun doing it with Penelope Starr and Ethel Lee-Miller.
Three hours packed with professional tips and tools for anyone who has the opportunity to tell their story, boost their elevator pitch, hit the open mic circuit, or just plain impress people. This workshop is suitable for beginners, returnees, pros. 
  • Introduce your book or project in a way that invites interest rather than vacant stares
  • Craft a concise attention-getting beginning, an entertaining middle and compelling ending to your story, presentation, or pitch
  • Combine words, gestures, body language, & voice for a smooth tale
  • Have a confident attitude that connects you with your audience 
  • Practice with a live mic! 
REGISTRATION: $35. Limited space available.
Reservations & information at ethel.lee.miller at gmail.com
Ethel Lee-Miller uses her 20 years of Toastmasters International experiences along with teaching skills in her edu-entertainment presentations. Professional public speaking included topics like “Public Speaking Without Panic,” “Get Up and Talk About Your Writing,” and “ASK ASK ASK: Getting What You Want and Need in Professional and Personal Relationships.” She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships.
Penelope Starr founded Odyssey Storytelling in 2004 and it’s been going strong ever since bringing innovative, entertaining and thought-provoking stories to the Tucson community each month. She has coached hundreds of people in how to craft and present their stories. Penelope put her experiences and tips in a how-to/memoir, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Programs. 
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Smell, Taste, and Touch - The Forgotten Senses

A reprint of a tip from July of 2012. Don't forget.

Most of the time, we use only sight and sound in our stories, i.e., “The Wolf saw the first little pig entering his house of straw. Even from the edge of the woods, he could hear its carefree singing.”

But the other three senses can be powerful elements in crafting the language of story. They can paint heightened images for your listeners. Consider smell, taste and touch with the Wolf:
“Even from the edge of the woods, the Wolf could smell the first little pig. Faintly masked by the odor of damp straw, the aroma of fresh meat reached his practiced nostrils. He began to salivate. The dull flavor of the grass he had chewed on that morning began to fade as he savored the anticipation of young, pink flesh. He dug his claws into the ground, testing his grip with each step, as he eagerly but stealthily approached the fragile hut.”
You can also mix metaphors. Many writers have used the phrase, “The smell of fear.” What would a sunset taste like? How might music feel on your body?
The senses open up a whole world of images. Find the sense that can enhance each part of your story or your characters. Play with it and expand it. You may be surprised with the brush stroke you can paint.
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What will your verse be?
Robin Williams was an incredible actor, and he had many quite incredible rolls and dialogue written for him. Dead Poet's Society was one of my favorites. Here is the famous scene talking about language.


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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

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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