September 21, 2015
Issue # 178

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

SIO Call-In LAB - Recording Now Online

Did you miss the SIO Call-in Lab with storyteller, coach and author Mark Goldman? Still want to hear it?

Relive those thrilling days of yesteryear by accessing this 45 minute call recording!

From Blog to Book
Learn how two years of storytelling “tips” and “tidbits” from Mark Goldman’s weekly e-newsletter turned into the highly acclaimed book, Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories. Mark shares some of his top tips, talks about his Storytellers Database, and shares two short stories for use in business and organizational settings.
This is a great chance to hear his perspective on blogging, websites, book ideas, storytelling and MORE!
Click here to listen to the recording

Lots of NEWS and DEADLINES for NSN Grants/Proposals


Applications are due September 28, 2015 for the 2016 J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant. The Emerging Artist Grant awards $1,250 in alternate years to a storyteller of major and unique performing talent who has not yet received wide public recognition. 


We need your help!  Just a few more weeks remain to commit your donations to be auctioned off in early November.  This auction raises funds for the NSN Member Grants Program, supporting worthy storytelling projects by YOU, our members.
If you or a talented friend has an item or service you would like to donate, please email karin@storynet.org no later than October 1st with your name and contact info, digital photo of the item, description of the item, approximate actual value, suggested minimum bid (requesting $35+), and whether you would be willing to donate shipping or prefer buyer pay shipping (and insurance if required).


The call for Workshop Proposals for the 2016 National Storytelling Conference, July 21-24 in Kansas City, MO will open within the next few days and be due November 18
This year’s Conference theme is:  Spotlight on Storytelling.
The proposal and reference forms with full details are available at www.storynet.org/conference.
Questions?  Contact karin@storynet.org or call 1-800-525-4514, ext. 303.
Deadline: November 18, 2015, 5 pm EST.  Good luck!


No Gatekeepers. No Trends to Watch.  
Just You and an Audience for 55 Minutes
It’s the 10th Anniversary edition of the NSN Fringe! 
Don’t miss out!  Deadline: November 14, 2015
Eligibility and Application Information: http://www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html

First and Last - CANCELLED

Friends and Colleagues...

It is with great regret that we inform you that due to unforseen circumstances, Storyrise has had to cancel their presentation of First and Last that had been scheduled for Saturday, September 26th. 

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This Week


Myth Informed

Tuesday - September 22 - 6:30 pm -  SMCC Performance Hall
Join SMCC Institute students and faculty for this presentation of:

Myth Informed: Manly Myths

Join us this Tuesday night at SMCC in Performance Hall at 6:30 p.m. You will hear seven men - yes friends - real men - telling some seriously kick-ass manly myths. You don't want to miss this. Tellers include Doug Bland, Kyle Mitchell, Tunde Hurts, Jeff Jose Miller, Travis May, James Ashcroft, Adrian Esquer, and Edward Appling.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - SMCC Performance Hall
Admission is FREE

Writers Read

TUCSON - Thursday - September 24th - 6:30-8:00 PM
BREWD – A coffee lounge, 4960 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
(Eastside Tucson) 

This Month's Theme - Oh, Yes I Can!

Writers Read is an entertaining forum for the public at local coffee shops. Ethel Lee Miller is the facilitator for this Tucson group.
This is not an open mic. Writers contact the organizer with their story idea and receive suggestions for reading aloud. Each writer has about 8 minutes to read. Timing is strictly adhered to with a designated timer.
Writers Read is a blend of performance and reading so it requires some animation and eye contact with the audience. Writers Read in Tucson is getting more and more submissions for the events, which is a happy consequence of success. Ethel has begun to really vet authors to get a variety of genres and different levels of presentation. This event walks a fine line between marketing and entertainment. Not all writers are great readers; Ethel provides suggestions for reading aloud (e me if you’d like a copy of the suggestion doc). 
Audience response has been very positive:
“Nice to have something like this in our community.”
“Never knew there were so many writers around here.”
“How can I be a reader?”
Arizona authors bring an eclectic mix of word play to the public. They bring something for everyone!
For info, contact Ethel Lee Miller: etheleemiller@me.com

Out Of The Box Storytelling

Women Storytellers
Saturday, September 26th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

Anne McDowell has organized another event:
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 a chance 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

Storyfind - New Monthly Event at SMCC

This Saturday - September 26th  from 1:00 – 4:00 in PAC 739.
Theme: “Finding and Crafting Tellable Stories from Old Sources.” 

Join the Storytelling Institute for a new monthly event: Storyfind, scheduled for (usually) the fourth Saturday of each month!

Storyfind is a monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire. Each session will start with a short reception to welcome new participants to the community.  

Storyfind was created to capitalize on a unique partnership between the Storytelling Institute and the South Mountain Community Library. Phoenix Public Library donated a large collection of story anthologies, children’s books, and storytelling reference books from last century to the college. A selection of these books are now housed in PAC739 and 740 to be available for Storyfind participants and storytelling students.  

The first session will be led by Storytelling Institute Director Liz Warren, and Librarian Lydia Johnson.  

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Coming Up


Hot Coffee Series: Storytelling Lecture
Tuesday - September 29th - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Author and storyteller Sean Buvala will take you through a variety of folktales and fairytales to examine how some of these stories sounded before they were cleaned up for mainstream use. You'll discover why even these first-versions of stories are relevant for people today. 

Adults and teens only at this presentation, please. 
Admission: FREE
Location Details
Total Wine and More
1416 N Litchfield Road
Goodyear 85392 US

More Info

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Here is the schedule:

Tales of the Sonoran Desert: Nature Center

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.

Spooky Stories around the Campfire

Friday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.: Area 4

COMING ATTRACTIONS - Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down
Friday, October 9th - 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 12th, 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

TELLABRATION!™ - Mark Your Calendars!
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Just Do It!

Lately, I have found myself both giving AND taking this advice.

Immortalized by the famous "Swoosh", the message is one that many new tellers have difficulty with. I seem to have more students this year who come to me with a list of several folk tales they might tell in class. They appear to be asking me, "Which one should I tell?" I never give them a direct answer. Oh what a wicked, wicked teacher I am!

Most often, I ask, "Which one do you love the most?" They often reply, "All of them." So I give them the only answer that makes any sense, "Choose one." Their eyes open wide and glaze over in fear. My next sentence is, "The world will not come to an end, regardless of which story you choose."

Hesitation in making a decision can stop us from EVER making the decision. Sometimes we have to give ourselves the message from Nike, "Just do it!"

Recently, I was contacted by a large company requesting some storytelling. On the initial call, I convinced them that, based on their needs, a "workshop" would be more beneficial to them than just having me "tell" stories. The contact agreed, and said, "Send me a proposal and your fee."

That's when the hesitation set in. How much do I charge? What do I quote them? Is "X" too little? Is "Y" too much? I called a colleague. Their response, "Certainly not LESS than 'Z'." Hesitation...hesitation...then I remembered my attitude with my students. I also told myself, "What's the worst that could happen?" They may ask me to reduce my fee, or say they can't pay anything. In either case, I know how to counter.

So I took the proverbial bull by the horns and gave them an even "higher" (but fair) quote. I didn't flinch. And THEY didn't flinch either. It was a reasonable amount for the work work which they were asking. And they agreed.

Just do it! And let the chips, be they small or large, fall where they may!

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GCC Storytelling Students
Here's this week's question - for 5 points:

Name the Disney film that highlights folk tales AND name its oscar winning song. For an ADDITIONAL 5 points, write one paragraph about why the film was controversial, and let me know your thoughts about it.

E-mail your answer to mark.goldman@gccaz.edu by 4:00 PM thisTuesday.

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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

Fourth Saturday of each month - SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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

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