Monday, September 22, 2014
Issue # 126

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


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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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, October 2nd

“Peer Pressure
Stories about running with the herd and landing with the lemmings. Tales of the blind leading the blind and the brazenly stupid goading the under-confident. Admit it--even you would drink the Kool-Aid if the whole cult chanted, "chug, chug, chug." Come hear from some survivors who kept up with the cool kids...and lived to tell about it.
Storytellers: Pima Community College Faculty and Food Critic, April Burge; Kindergarten Teacher and Pole Vaulter, Bill Mark; Wanderer from the Appalachian Mountains, Reid Gilbert; FST Storyteller, Nöel Hennessey; Plumbing Marketeer and Bingo Master, Robert Ronquillo; Immigration Lawyer and Superhero, Mo Goldman. 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 
414 E. 9th Street, Tucson, $8

Event Details
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Will The Real Storyteller Please Step Forward

At last Saturday's "First & Last" concert, a colleague asked how I felt about trying to "copy" another storyteller. My first response was to say, "That depends on your interpretation of the word copy." Then we got into a really good discussion.
When we see/hear another teller and we love what they have done, it is not uncommon to think, "I love that. I wish I could do it just like that." Sometimes we try to emulate what they have done. It usually doesn't work very well. The outcome of the discussion was a general agreement that, "When you try to be someone else vs. being your true self, disaster ensues.
The bottom line for me is that when you tell a story, you reveal parts of yourself. Many of these parts may show up in very subtle ways. The story you choose, the way you choose to craft it, change it (or not), the way you use your voice, your body; these all say something about YOU. Even if or when you decide to TRY to copy what another teller has done, in that "copying" you are revealing something about yourself.
When I admire something a teller has done, I ask myself some questions:
  • How did they make me feel? ... How did they do that?
  • Did they paint a picture that I could see in my mind? ... How did they do that?
  • Did I understand the essence and the flow of the story? ... How did they do that?
  • Did the beginning engage me? ... How did they do that?
  • Did the ending come to a clear conclusion and satisfy me? ... How did they do that?
I then have to ask myself, "How can I use myself to accomplish those things?"

All of this also means that a storyteller needs to know who they are, and what skills, talents, hopes, fears, joys and abilities they have to translate any material they have read or seen or heard into a story that they can make their own!

The search for great stories and your best self to tell them go hand-in-hand!

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Bad Reviews Increase Business - And Get a Lot of Traction
Interesting story about a restaurant using a form of "Guerrilla Marketing" to fight back on Yelp.
Please note that I am not necessarily suggesting that storytellers begin to market themselves with "bad" reviews. Just feeling it's some very interesting "food for thought." - Please comment below if you have any ideas about how storytellers might use this idea to one's advantage (sorry about the short ad at the beginning).

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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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