Monday, September 29, 2014
Issue # 127

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

Donald Davis Concerts & Workshops - In TWO weeks!

Master Teller, Donald Davis will be in town from October 14th to the 18th. 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!
See the full schedule here in PDF format

All-Day Workshop - Writing as a Second Language

The SMCC Storytelling Institute presents
"Writing as a Second Language" - With Master Storyteller, Donald Davis
Saturday, October 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
"Writing as a Second Language" is for anyone who loves story and is fascinated by the connections between the spoken and written word.
Teachers, parents, storytellers and writers will all benefit from the day.  
Donald Davis' emphasis in the workshop will be on the whole oral and kinesthetic package which is our spoken language.  Davis will teach that we must step back into our familiar first language – the spoken word – as our creative medium and learn to "translate" into that new language called writing. Years of experience has shown him, and the teachers he works with, that oral language and storytelling 
are the keys to success in written language. 
Hey folks, this is from me (Mark Goldman). This is an eye-opening workshop that can't be beaten for the price! It's a MUST ATTEND for all storytellers.
$50 fee includes lunch
Contact Liz Warren at 602-243-8026 liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu
(a link to Brown Bag Tickest will be available soon)
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This Week


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

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

Tucson Tellers - Next Guild Meeting

The next meeting of Tucson Tellers of Tales is just around the corner:
Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Columbus Branch Library on 22nd Street. 


NO MEETING THIS WEEK - West Side Story Tellers

Just a reminder that there is NO meeting for West Sdie Story Tellers this Saturday

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at

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Coming Up


Teen Lit Lounge
Thursday - October 9th
Get ready for Teen Lit Lounge, featuring performers ages 12 -18! True stories and live music written and presented by talented students from Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix. Lounge events fill quickly and seating is limited. First come, first served.

Lit Lounge events sponsored in part by The Saguaro Hotel and Scottsdale League for the Arts
Click for more info

Saturday - October 11th ~ 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!
Click here for details & info
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Practice Sense Memory

That old adage of, "Stop and smell the roses" has real meaning for storytellers. It's just ONE of the exercises we must do, observe and fix in our memory as often as we can. We must practice sense memory.
If we are to paint a picture for our audiences to see in their imaginations, we must find a way to practice and then recall those specific senses that we experience. In storytelling (as in all things) practice makes better (not perfect).
Merely “breathing in” won’t show the audience your ability to “almost make a meal” out of the smells of the bakery; or even detect the sweat and body odor of the baker who comes to hug you after a hot day in the sweltering kitchen.
Take time to practice (and remember).
  • Feel the cool autumn breeze on your cheek
  • Feel the sticky summer heat on the back of your neck
  • Taste the sweetness of fresh mint leaves
  • Taste the sour crunch of braised red cabbage
  • See the soft morning dew glistening on the grass and flowers
  • See the rain as it crashes in torrents on the street and turns to floods
  • Hear the deep sounds of an oboe playing a melodic tune
  • Hear the constant wail of the feral cat prowling the night
  • Smell the sugar and cinnamon of the bakery
  • Smell the odor of the peroxide that promises to lighten your hair
Take in and experience all that your senses reveal to you. Commit them to your memory, your sense memory.
Then find the right words, gestures, facial expressions, body movements and voice to describe them to your audience. Transfer your sense memory to their senses. Allow them to see, hear, feel, taste and touch what you have. That is when your story comes alive!
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School's Answering Machine Tells it Like It Is!
If you teach - you will love this. My friend Carl (who is also a teacher at a Community College) came across this post from an Australian school in response to parents attempting to sue the school. This was back in 2009, but I think "down-under" got it right! (Obviously, not all parents fit into this cataegory...but if the shoe fits...)


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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

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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