Monday - September 26, 2016
Issue # 230

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

Call for Proposals & Performances


LANES is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Sharing the Fire Conference - Voices Across Borders: Creating Connections

Barriers, real or imagined, separate us by nationality, culture, race, age, sex, ability, language, finances, and more.  This conference will explore the many ways stories can reach across borders, help people listen to others, and make powerful changes possible.

The deadline for submission of workshop and intensive proposals is midnight (EDT), Monday, October 10

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please visit the LANES' website for further information and to download the application.  http://lanes.org/storytelling-conference/2017-call-for-proposals/

LANES is excited to announce the call for submissions for the Olio for the 2017 Sharing the Fire Northeast Storytelling Conference.

Stories may be submitted in audio or video format. You needn't be a Northeast resident to participate.  Please view the detailed guidelines at: http://lanes.org/storytelling-conference/olio-submission-guidelines/

The deadline for submissions for concert performances is Midnight (EDT), Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

We are looking forward to another year of outstanding applications.  Please direct any questions to Deb Roe at lanesdirector@gmail.com

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This Week


Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, October 1st - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

The Unscrewed Theater is a great place for TOT to meet. It is located across the street from The Loft Theater in a strip mall next to Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and the entrance to the theater is next to the parking lot.

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, October 1st ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

Chek out their NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson
Thursday, October 6th
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Natural
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
Have you visited The Screening Room's fabulous concession stand? There's beer, wine, and excellent snacks. They'll even place an order for you with Empire Pizza and have it delivered to your seat. Who knew?
If you have a story to tell, contact Penelope@odysseystorytelling.com or Adam@odysseystorytelling.com

National Storytelling Festival - Live Streaming from Jonesborough
Friday - October 7th - All Day Long


Can't make it to this year's National Storytelling Festival? We've got you covered.
On Friday, October 7, we're streaming video live from our Family Tent so you can
join us in Jonesborough from wherever you happen to be.
Throw a viewing party, check in on your phone during lunch, or binge watch the whole thing from the comfort of your couch! Want to convince others about the power of storytelling? Invite your family, colleagues, and students to tune in, too!
It's easy, it's entertaining, and it's free! 
Join the celebration by using the hashtag #storyfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Connect with our audience in Jonesborough and around the globe!
The schedule of tellers will be up soon

Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down CANCELLED

The Gods Have Spoken... 

Due the fact that the humans have stolen fire; opened Pandora's Box; and generally defied the dieties...

The Throw Down and subsequent Concert have been cancelled.

Arizona Storytellers - A Hard Days Night - Work Stories
Friday - October 7th - 7pm
Heard Museum

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of workplace mishaps, customer service nightmares, and unexpected days on the job. Prepare to laugh, learn and relate as tellers share their workplace stories. 

Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project
Featured tellers:
Thomas Sharp 
Anna Darian
Seth Conaway
Josh Shore 
Charley Edsitty
Laura Hemmenway 
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 Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com. 
NOTE: This is a First Friday event at the Heard Museum - Steele Auditorium. Admission to the museum is free. But you must buy a ticket to attend the storytelling. We anticipate tickets will sell out. 
Info & Tickets

East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, October 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.
Click here for details & info

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Do Not Saw The Air Too Much With Your Hand

The quote above is from Hamlet's speech to the players, Act 3, scene 2. Only a fair instruction for using gestures.

I've been thinking a lot about gestures lately. My students have asked about them. I did a search and I was surprised to discover that I have never really had a tip about them before in depth. This is strange, as I believe they are a huge and integral part of telling.

The dictionary defines a gesture as:

A movement of your body (especially of your hands and arms) that shows or emphasizes an idea or a feeling.

Now, that covers a lot of ground! How does the beginning teller decide about gestures? If you look at the definition, you can reverse the process. You can ask yourself,

What movement of my body (or my hands and arms) would show or emphasize this specific idea or a feeling?

If I am talking about a bird flying up in the sky, I would probably look up - not just with my eyes, but with my head, and maybe even turn my body and shoulders upward to emphasize.

If I followed the flight of the bird across the sky until it landed on a nearby branch, I might use my hand and arm to indicate its path, ending with pointing at the exact point of the bird's destination. I might also show with my body, perhaps a small step or a lean backwards to show my surprise at how close the bird was to me now.

At this point, you may want to look at Sean Buvala's wonderful video about gestures. I have recommended it before. Sean speaks about the three elements of gesture: Intend, Activate and Linger. Also, look at the gestures Sean uses for the flight of the bird, and the piece of cheese falling to the ground. Then come back to the next paragraph and we'll talk a little more about gestures.

Sean's gesture for the flight of the bird was different than my suggestion, but that's OK. YOU must decide for yourself (perhaps with the help of a coach) what the best movements are to emphasize an idea or feeling.

I believe there is another part of using gestures that is important: It is that gestures start somewhere - go somewhere - linger (as Sean states) - and then usually come back to somewhere (resolve themselves).

Bill Harley says, "Relax, breathe, take a moment to find your home. This is what you will always come back to." This is usually your arms at your sides. For Sean, it is with his arms slightly bent at the elbows. In the second part of the video, Sean's "home" is with his forearms resting on the table. Most of the time, your gestures come back to (or resolve to) home. But sometimes, like when the fox snatches the cheese, one gesture morphs into the next. But as Sean says, it is still a conscious, intentional decision about what gesture one is using.

So first you must ask yourself what gesture will emphasize the idea or feeling; then, make a conscious decision to use it. Understand where it is coming from; where it is going; make it intentional; activate it; linger and then resolve it.

Rehearsal and practice is the place to "play" with different types of gestures until you get them "right" for your story.

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You Can't Win If You Don't Play
I'm not JUST talking about the lottery. I'm talking about this newsletter and the calendar of events! We've got lots of storytelling events in and around the Valley. Especially in the next few months...there are so many, it's hard to get them all in the Newsletter - But they WON'T show up at all unless you let me know!

Occasionally, I see posts or e-mails that announce certain events, but unless I know the Details, I can't post them in the calendar or highlight them in the Newsletter.


Make sure you let me know about your event. The best way to do this is with the Storytelling Event Form. It is the easiest way to let me know all the pertinent information; Who; What; Where; When and Why.

If you want to win the lottery - buy a ticket.

If you want me to let others know about your event - send me the info!

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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 - *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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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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