Monday, March 4, 2013
Issue # 45

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Just in Case You Missed The Blog

Just in case you missed it last week, I'm extremely excited and honored to have an article on the National Storytelling Network (NSN) Blog. I hope you will enjoy my piece on Appreciations...for Anthony. While you're on the site, look in the archives. There are some great articles and stories by many other tellers. And if you're not a member, check out the mebership benefits. Remember, if you are a dues paying member of East Valley Tellers of Tales or the West Side Story Tellers you get a discount on membership! E-mail me to find out more.
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This Week


-------------------------------LOTS OF TELLING GOING ON THIS WEEK


7 Heroic Guides: for Dreams, Dreamers, and the Hero's Journey
From early childhood we are taught to write, think, and work. But when are we taught to dream? 

Storyteller/Cyclist/Adventurer Layne Gneiting, will draw on events and stories spanning history, including his recent trek across Southern Europe, as he unveils 7 Heroic Guides so you can heed your “call to adventure” and embark on the daring journey of dreams.
Check the calendar section for details

Wednesday - Folk Tales for Grownups

Community tellers will regale audiences with both time-honored and "slightly twisted" folk tales. The theme is Consider the Uses of Adversity. In the SMCC Library Community Room, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, it's FREE and open to the public!
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Thursday - Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in it's 11th 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. The theme for this month is "NOT AS ADVERTISED".

Event Details

Saturday - EVTOT

March 9th ~ 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!
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Saturday - West Side Story Tellers

West Side Story Tellers will be this Saturday, March 9th - from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale. For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.

The Tucson Festival of Books

Join storytellers Antonio Sacre, Sandy Oglesby, Jordan Hill and Mark Goldman at this year's Tucson Festival of Books, Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10. There will be close to 400 authors, fun, food, Storytelling and lots of activities for the whole family!


Check out the schedule here

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Coming Up


Group Coaching with Sean Buvala
Next Monday Evening - March 11th
Sean Buvala’s Advanced Storytelling Coaching (No Nonsense Approach)
Registration Required

You are guaranteed at least 30 minutes of coaching time focused on you.
Watch other tellers being coached, and give them guided-feedback.

Sean has great skills in coaching. In the group session, he helped me get some needed focus on a project that I am working on. He was also invaluable in assisting me in a one-on-one session, in preparing for an upcoming program. You will gain great insight and knowledge from him! - Mark Goldman
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Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and right in the middle thought, “That would never happen!”? That is your “disbelief”. It is you, not believing. Maybe you saw a different movie, or read a book and consciously or unconsciously thought, “Yeah, I can see that happening.” That is you “suspending” your disbelief. Even if it is an unconscious act, it is you, “willingly suspending your disbelief.” 

The term was coined in 1817 by the poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. It happens to us as listeners when hearing a story. We hear the description and “see” the images in our head. We “believe” that things happened this way, whether it is a personal tale, folktale or fairytale.
As storytellers, we need to do this too! We need to willingly suspend our disbelief in this process of storytelling. Can I merely use words and inflection to make people see images similar to the ones I have in my head? Can a gesture add to the impact of the story? Can my facial expressions and body movement change as one character speaks, then a different one responds? Can “less” actually be “more” in storytelling? How could all of this possibly make any sense? 
In order for the audience to suspend their disbelief, YOU must do it first! You must believe in your story, real or fantasy. You must believe in your abilities to transform words into images. You must transport yourself to the time and place of the story, before your audience can. You must believe you ARE the characters that you present to the audience, so they can clearly see and hear them; and in doing so, experience the full range of their emotions. 
In willingly suspending your disbelief, you will enter into a world where you believe, and the listeners will too. And that’s what storytelling is about!
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Storytellers' Open Mic at Terra Java
First Sunday of each month - PHOENIX

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month - TUCSON

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE


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Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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