Monday - September 5, 2016
Issue # 227

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Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down

It's Labor Day - Fall - You know what that means? It's only FIVE WEEKS until the great...

Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down - Friday, October 7th

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 10th, the top seven (or maybe 10) will tell their full versions for Myth Informed Classic Moves.

E-mail Liz Warren for more info

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 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!

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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Coming Up


Journeys Storytelling Workshop: Your Own Hero's Journey

Saturday - September 17th ~ 10:00 am - Noon

Saturday - October 15th ~ 10:00 am - Noon
Saturday - November 12th ~ 10:00 am - Noon

Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Journeys Storytelling Workshops: Your Own Hero's Journey
The Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock
Journeys Storytelling Workshop Intensive:
with Liz Warren and John Genette
Perhaps our most treasured tales are those of a hero’s journey.  Whether it’s Odysseus or Dorothy, their stories not only capture our imaginations, but also resonate deep within us - maybe because each of us has experienced our own version of that tale. 
Join Storytellers Liz Warren and John Genette this fall to identify and explore your own hero’s journey using Joseph Campbell’s Common Structure. Come and consider with us a time when you’ve followed your own call to adventure, found help, then reward, and ultimately your own way home to a new kind of normal, a bit older but also wiser for the journey.
$20 per session - or $50 for the series
Saturdays, 10 am - noon
September 17 with Liz Warren on Finding Your Story
October 15 with Liz Warren on Developing Your Story
November 12 with John Genette on Delivering Your Story
You will have the option to share your story at our next Journeys: Storytelling Night at The Whole Life Center on Friday, December 2 at 7 pm in Smith Hall. (See Events to reserve tickets for $10 each.)
More info and Registration

Tucson Storytellling Concert - Mark Your Calendar
Sunday - September 18th - 4pm
610 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719

Stories at the Rail Yard 2

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Ethel Lee-Miller, and Debra Olson-Tolar

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of traditional and personal tales.
More info here

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Stop - Look - Listen...THEN Re-Create

The fall semester started two weeks ago for my Community College class in Storytelling. Once again, I began by "modeling" and telling a story. Once again, I did some "listening" exercises. Once again, I let my students know that the first step in being a good storyteller is to be a good "listener".

Just for the heck of it, this week, I scanned through my previous tips in the Newsletter - over 200. I found that there were over 120 times I mentioned the word "listen". There were eight tips where "listening" was the focus. So, why the heck am I talking about listening again? Because it's so important! Next time someone is talking to you, just listen. Don't respond, or think of wht you will say when they are finished. Just listen, intently to what they say, and HOW they say it.

Along with listening, observation is the key to re-creating behavior, human or otherwise (Antonio Rocha). Observation is listening with your whole body, eyes, ears, nose, skin, breath, brain. Here's an exercise created by the great actress and teacher Uta Hagen that we used to do: 
Re-create two minutes of your life. Just two minutes! Waking up; looking in the mirror the first of the morning; putting on your shoes; shaving; brushing your teeth; tweezing an eyebrow; making a bowl of cereal; preparing to walk the dog. 
All of these are seemingly mundane actions; but the ability to observe oneself GOING THROUGH THE ACTIONS - AND FEELINGS and then the ability to re-create those ACTIONS and FEELINGS will serve you well as a storyteller. When you tell the story, you will probably NOT take a full two minutes to go through every single piece of action, but knowing and understanding everything underneath will take you AND THE AUDIENCE through the process.
To often, we rush through the observation and re-creation process. We think, "Oh yeah, I know what that looks like." Be careful and cautious. Take that old adage from our younger school days to heart: Stop - Look - Listen.
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Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner
Friend, colleague and skilled storyteller Regi Carpenter has written a book! 

What a great title! Regi is now an "author"; she has added this to a long list of accomplishments including: winner of the J.J. Renaux Emerging Artist Award, a Leonard Bernstein Teaching Fellowship Award, the Parent's Choice Gold Award, the Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award and the Storytelling World Award. Her performance piece Snap! won the 2012 Boston StorySlam. She teaches storytelling at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

Here is what Amazon says about the book

Family: comfort food or a recipe for disaster? Award-winning storyteller and performer Regi Carpenter brings her humor and honesty to print in Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner.
Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These honest tales some hilarious, some heartbreaking celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. From teenagers struggling to find their identity to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war and change to the complications and sweetness of love between family members, this collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life s difficulties are softened by love and fortitude . . . and family."
Regi's stories, like her, are funny, warm and tender.
Available on Amazon - Paperback & Kindle
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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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