September 28, 2015
Issue # 179

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

NSN Workshops and Fringe Proposals Due Soon


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


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!
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This Week


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 folk tales 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

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Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, October 1st
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

Home.  Is it where we're from?  Someplace we're seeking?  Or the road in between?  What makes a house a home?   What makes a community a home?  And what doesn't?  Come listen to the stories about how and where, at the end of the day, we finally rest our heads and hang our hats...
Marge Pellegrino, Martha Retallick, Monica Bauer, Beth Surdut, Israel Gonzalez, and Brad Lancaster!

Live Streaming from Jonesborough

Folks, you can watch tellers from the Jonesborough Festival all day FRIDAY - October 2nd

Don't forget, Phoenix is THREE hours EARLIER!

Here is the link

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Meeting & Workshop

Saturday, October 3rd - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street.

Free Workshop Presented by Tucson Tellers of Tales
Good stories are not merely linear — point “A” to point “B”
Like a river or stream, good stories have an ebb and flow; changing speeds, rushing rapids, pools of calm, bends and falls.
In this workshop, Storyteller, Author and Coach Mark Goldman walks you step-by-step through this tested “flow chart” method of plotting out and crafting your story. More than storyboarding: This process allows the teller to make conscious decisions regarding scenes, characters, POV, and the best structure for a given audience and environment!
What you will learn:
  • What sequence of events works best for your story
  • How to contract or expand your story based on time frames and audience
  • What characters are needed and how they relate to each other and the story
  • How to use “backstory” elements to enhance your story

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*NOTE: This workshop will also be presented in PHOENIX 
on Saturday, October 24th as part of the STORYFIND series at
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute.

Solo Performance Workshop - Kim Porter.

Starts Sunday - October 4th
Do you need something meaningful to do between acting gigs? Do you have a story you are itching to tell? Let award-winning solo performance coach Kim Porter help you make that happen.

The eight-week-long Solo Workshop is designed to generate new material, support projects already in development, and offer accountability. It is ideal for anyone who wants to create a solo show: storytellers, monologists, poets, comics, clowns, actors, and writers.

What: The Solo Workshop.  8 weeks. Plus a public performance. Fee $200.
Where:  Space 55 636 E. Pierce Street in Phoenix (corner of 7th street at Pierce.)
When: Sundays from 6:00-9:00 PM.  From October 4th – November 22nd
How: Reserve your seat by contacting Kim Porter at kim@kimporter.net
More Info

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Coming Up


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

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

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, October 10th ~ 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!

Join us after storytelling on October 10th for lunch and a discussion about EVTOT, outreach ideas, plans for the future and more.

Click here for details & info

New Two-Saturday Classes Pack a Wallop!
Here's the schedule for the upcoming Two-Saturday courses now offered at SMCC Storytelling Institute:

Storytelling in Educational Settings: 10/10/2015 & 10/17/2015
Storytelling in Interpretive Settings: 10/31/2015 & 11/07/2015
Storytelling in Business Settings: 11/14/2015 & 11/21/2015

These courses are a great way to "pump-up" your knowledge and skills!
Click here for the schedule/descriptions and details.

TELLABRATION!™ - Mark Your Calendars!
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Not Everything is a Story

Contrary to the most popular belief, at least on the internet and in the current plethora of business advice, not everything is a story. 

BUT... most everything can be turned into a story! Notice that I said, "can be turned into" a story. That means most of the time, you have to work at it.

You can take everyday, ordinary objects or occurrences and turn them into a story. Often, you can use the magic of "what if" (see my previous tip about using what if in a story you have already crafted). But let's start anew. 

Coming home to your dog (or cat, or other pet OR family). 
--- What if your pet could talk; or a family member couldn't and had to use gestures to communicate?

An encounter on the road with another driver (positive or negative).
--- What if you could hear their thoughts and they could hear yours? What if they misinterpreted EVERYTHING you thought?

Shopping in the grocery store.
--- What if the items on the shelf could talk? What if items started to "jump" off the shelf into your basket? What if the items in someone else's basket could talk? What might they say about that person? 

Dining in a restaurant.
--- What if the food recited all the calories it contained? What if the dessert spoke up and scolded you for ordering it? What if it was still screaming as you swallowed it and said, "I am going straight to your thighs? What if you could hear the waiter's thoughts? (Mel Gibson was in a movie where he could hear the thoughts of ALL the women he knew. Yikes!)

Your Family
What if your 3 year-old child started talking like a 35 year-old, or a Ph.D.? What if your spouse started talking like a 3 year-old? 

You can even combine incidents. What if the driver you had an encounter with showed up at the restaurant? What if a package of spaghetti sat across from you at the restaurant and said, "I cost a lot less than what you are paying for this meal!"

The possibilities are endless. You should have a beginning, middle and end, but you only need an IDEA to get started. Then go to one of the many constructs for story: the Hero's Journey; Donald Davis' Five Ps; Davis' "world turned upside down" or any other plot line construct.  

Not everything is a story... but it could be.

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

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