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!
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.
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)!
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.
Tucson - STORIES IN THE GARDEN STORIES IN THE GARDEN
Saturday - October 13th 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Doors open at 1:30
222 E 14th St, Tucson
Armory Park Neighborhood
Join Glenda Bonin, Ethel Lee-Miller & Debra Olson-Tolar for 90 minutes of entertaining folktales, traditional and contemporary storytelling. There will be a brief intermission, & time for hospitality after the show – ending around 4:15 p.m. Gather with us in this beautiful "garden" for 90 minutes of wisdom, humor, entertainment. Light refreshments. Suggested Donation: $10.00.
TENWEST Festival - Discover Local Days - Tales of the Future Sunday Oct. 14th 10 a.m.- 2:00 pm at the Tucson Museum of Art court yard.
ATTENTION STORYTELLERS: Sustainable Tucson will be hosting a small storytelling stage, Discover Local Days, (during TENWEST). Festival attendees will be encouraged to tell impromptu 2-3 minute stories on the theme of envisioning Tucson Sustainable in 2038. "Tales of the Future!" is the theme. Here is an example prompt: "You travel to Tucson in 2038. What do you see? What would you do when you get back to 2018?)
For more information, contact Jana Segal-Stormont email@example.com – or checkout the website for Sustainable Tucson: Sustainablelivingtucson.org
YES, I’M A BLOGGER- AND IT WORKS!
Saturday, Oct. 20 10 AM-11:30 AM Viscount Suite Hotel 4855 E. Broadway Tucson 85711
Hosted by Tucson Sisters in Crime.
Speaker: Ethel Lee-Miller
Why, What, How, When to blog with the purpose of expanding, entertaining, and/or informing your audience. Give me 60 minutes I’ll share 60 tips about blogging in today’s writing, speaking, and publishing arena. Plus a workable schedule to give you time to blog AND still have time and sanity for your creative crime writing. Q&A welcome. More info to come.
MAKING STORIES FROM YOUR LIFE - A weekend in Marblehead, MA MAKING STORIES FROM YOUR LIFE - with Judith Black in Marblehead, MA Feb. 1-3, 2019
This full weekend, runs from 3 PM Friday to 4 PM Sunday, and includes warm-ups, workshops, targeted exercises, coaching, telling, and great food throughout!
We are a human family. Our experiences, ﬂeshed out, understood, and reshaped for the hearts and minds of others, serves to create a template for that family to join around.
Creating these stories are much like re- authoring your own experiences. We often dig little trenches, telling and retelling that which we ﬁnd, humorous, or wounding.
Our work will be to dislodge the experience from the trench, explore it through new eyes, and recreate a tale that speaks to a broader population. This work will be useful to therapists, social workers, teachers, clergy, and tellers of all stripes who want to mine their own lives for stories that will resonate with a broader audience. Limited to 8 participants
Here's a tip from April of 2014. It seems to go along with the Tidbit below.
We're all familiar with the "Golden Triangle" of storytelling. In order for storytelling to take place, one has to have a Teller, a Story and an Audience. They are all equally important, and the relationship between all three is of utmost importance.
But wait, there's more!
This graphic "map" for storytelling should be your guide for all performances, both planned and unplanned. Colleague Pam Faro wrote a blog (read it here) that has some great questions about each of the elements. And, as she says,
"Often it’s the case that specific answers are not even what is needed – but the questioning process itself is what leads you forward, deeper and farther into your story selecting, preparation, and telling!"
Here's my "story" example:
Some time ago, I was at Delux, the gourmet burger restaurant owned by my friend Lenny Rosenberg (32nd and Camelback for those who might be interested).
We were in his office, and on the way out, passed by the private dining room where a group of eight business women were having a dinner meeting. Lenny stepped in to check on them, and pulled me in. He introduced me as “a great storyteller”. The ladies couldn’t resist asking me to share a story with them. – NOW – What do I do?
I had about five seconds (maybe six) to decide if I should tell, and then what story. The quick questions:
Teller? – Me. Lenny had already pumped up my abilities, and we had already shared a laugh or two. Rapport had been established.
Audience? – High-powered, strong, decisive (and by the sound of their laughter, fun-loving) business women.
Story? – The Castle of the Faithful Wives (clever, strong women who save the lives of their families).
So I asked them (a calculated measure to see if they were really ready for a story), “Would you like to hear a story about strong women?” — I think I had them in the palm of my hand.
I kept it short, two to three minutes, and made sure that the reveal of the “women carrying their husbands away from the castle, on their backs” was both humorous, and drove home the point of clever, strong women.
They laughed, cheered in triumph, and gave me (and the story) a great round of applause.
The Golden Triangle was glowing bright.
GCC Storytelling students: Look for a NEW assignment in Canvas called: EXTRA CREDIT - GOLDEN TRIANGLE. Submit this assignment by 2:00 pm THURSDAY, Sept 27th. Total possible points - 45. Remember, I want MEAT - NO FLUFF!
The Storyteller Knows Me
Storytellers have an old adage: "The storyteller knows me." (AKA "The storyteller knows me; us; you.") New Mexico Storyteller Bob Kanegis has written a great blog on this topic titled, "How to Be Smarter Than Your Television." Here's a snippet:
It’s not uncommon after I’ve performed at a family-themed storytelling event for a parent or grandparent to approach me, tell me how wonderful the stories were and then ‘confess’ that they aren’t really ‘good’ storytellers themselves.
“Listen,” I say. “Yes, your kids enjoyed the stories today. But a month from now, a year from now, ten years from now, they will have completely forgotten them. But what they won’t forget is that you were with them once long ago, sitting side by side listening to stories. You have a great advantage over me as a storyteller and it doesn’t matter one bit whether your stories are polished or not. When you tell your stories, especially the stories of your life, your kids are going to remember them for the rest o their life. Why? Because, “the Storyteller, knows me!”
East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August http://www.evtot.com
Storyfind 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