Monday - May 30, 2016
Issue # 213

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First Time in Four Years

No, you are not going crazy...well...who knows for sure? But for those who check regularly, or look foreword to each weekly Newsletter, yes...I missed last week! Due to the time constraints of the England tour (see below) I was unable to post a Newsletter last week. Please forfive me, it's the first time in four years and over 200 issues that I have missed a week. I promise to do better in the future!

England Storytelling Tour is In the Books!

I am happy to report that the inaugural Historical Hysterical Storytelling England Tour was, by all accounts, a success! I took five students and colleagues on a ten-day tour of all of my favorite places in England. Along the way we learned about the history of many of the cities and landmarks, and told a few stories and jokes as well! We laughed and had fun...and walked a lot!

All-in-all, we visited four cities; over a dozen landmarks or attractions; over a dozen pubs/restaurants; and walked between two and four miles a day! We saw cities and venues close-up and personal, and from the heights of cathedral spires and the London Eye. AND...as you can see in the picture at right, one of our group was on crutches!

Heather Merrill broke a bone in her foot just three days before our trip. She told her doctor, "Do the surgery, cause no matter what, I am going!" Heather actually blazed the way for us as she wielded her crutches to our advantage and crowds of people parted like the Red Sea!

On previous trips to England, I wrote a blog almost every day. However, on this trip, our time was filled with so much that, with my responsibilities as the tour guide, I had no time to post. Be assured that I will write and post pictures soon so you can all enjoy in our adventure!

P.S. - Start saving your money NOW and plan to join me for next year's tour - May 2017!


AZ Storytellers Project Wins Top Honors at INMA World Congress

I didn't even know it, but on Tuesday, our own Megan Finnerty was also in London and walked across a stage at the Victoria & Albert Museum to pick up an award for the storytelling program she helped found at the Arizona Republic four years ago. The Arizona Storytellers Project won the first place award for "Best Use of an Event to Build a News Brand" at the International News Media Association World Congress.

Congrats to Megan for all her hard work and the great success of the Storytellers Project!
Read the entire article here

Summer Heat Forestalls Storyfind Sessions

Summertime is here, and the temperature is rising! Because of that, and the fact that SMCC turns the air conditioning off on the weekends, Liz Warren has cancelled the Storyfind gatherings for the months of June and July. Check the calendar section and this newsletter regarding August.

Sessions will resume in September, on the fourth Saturday of each month. Have a great summer!


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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, June 2nd
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: Wheels
What makes your wheels turn?  Busses, cars or bikes?  Ferris wheels, wheel chairs or skates?  Whatever the use, or adventures that wheels bring, this important human invention keeps us going.   Join us as we share 6 true stories about life as we’re rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river…
Ethel Lee Miller
Kevin Chess
Carlyn Arteaga
Mary Jo Pollack
Courtney Armstead
Jeff Fearnow
Our featured non-profit for this show is BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage), a non-profit bike repair and recycling collective here in Tucson. You can learn more about BICAS and how to support their work at the show. See you there!
$8 Adults, $6 Students
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

Arizona Storytellers - Stories About Stories

Friday June 3rd
ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona as we take over the First Amendment Forum at ASU's Cronkite School with the stories behind the stories from Arizona-based journalists.
The night will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murder of Republic journalist Don Bolles, who died in a car bombing at what was then the Hotel Clarendon in Phoenix.
The night will feature stories about Bolles' work, life and death, as well as ones about the continued relevance of Arizona-based investigative and watchdog journalism.
This is event is free with registration.
If you choose to make the suggested $12 donation, all of that money will go to Investigative Reporters & Editors.
IRE is a journalism leadership and training organization which was founded as a direct result of Bolles’ death.
LOCATION: The First Amendment Forum is on the 2nd floor of the ASU Cronkite School building at 1st and Taylor streets.
PARKING: Parking is free at the Republic Media garage at 2nd and Taylor streets.
Co-emcee: Ed Montini, Republic columnist, who will be in conversation about investigative journalism with Cherrill Crosby, Republic news director.
Featured tellers:
Bill Shover, retired Republic director of public affairs
Earl Zarbin, retired Republic journalist
Athia Hardt, retired Republic journalist
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Republic journalist
Dennis Wagner, Republic journalist
Co-emcee: Melissa Farley, actress, Republic events producer
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, just contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com.

Journeys Storytelling Workshop - Summer Stories

Saturday - June 4th ~ 10:00 am - Noon
Saturday - June 18th ~ 10:00 am - Noon
Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Journeys Storytelling Workshop Intensive:
Summer Stories with Liz Warren and Mark Goldman

Join us for one or both sessions of our June Storytelling Intensive - Summer Stories!

It's a season that holds a mountain of memories: road trips or far-away flights to adventure; camping or cabin exploits; backyard picnics. Or maybe there's a favorite campfire story in your family - or folk tale or other story that has special meaning for you. Come explore and share!

On June 4, Liz Warren will help us brainstorm, work out and share some stories. Then on June 18, Mark Goldman will help us further develop and refine our delivery. It's always great fun! And you just might decide to share your story at our next Storytelling Night on June 24.

More info and Registration

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, June 4th - 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, June 4th ~ 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


Arizona Storytellers - Family
Tuesday June 7th
Crescent Ballroom

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories about the people who helped make us who we are - the family we're born into and the family we choose to belong to. 
DOORS AT 6 p.m. SHOW AT 7 p.m.
Featured tellers:
Tanya Chakravarty
Ernie Flotto
Katie Hae Leo
Rachel Egboro
Susan Carrier
Angelie Meehan
Liz Warren
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, just contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com.

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, June 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!

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.

Current President, Elizabeth Mattson writes:

We had a wide-ranging and interesting discussion with lots of different ideas at the last East Valley Tellers of Tales about our mission and format and what we'd like to be. The upshot was that we really need to figure out what our purpose is. Do we need to craft a new mission statement?

Discussion participants really enjoy the sharing stories aspect of our meetings. There were some thoughts about adding coaching as an added option to our appreciations. There was also the suggestion of mixing up our meetings of story sharings with occasional workshops. There was some interest in adding a public performance or outreach to our mission.

Since there is still a lot of love for the current story sharing format, there was some discussion that our most basic plan of action might be to better promote, including getting a Facebook site for EVTOT.

We will continue our discussion at the June 14 meeting of East Valley Tellers of Tales, 10 am - noon at the Scottsdale Public Library downtown. We will still share stories for one hour in addition to our on-going discussion. Please join us to share your visions and ideas for the continuation of East Valley Tellers of Tales.

NOTICE: The EVTOT officers have decided to NOT meet in July and August. We would also like to devote about half of this meeting to discuss the possibility of alternative formats for our monthly meetings. We have a few ideas of our own and also welcome input from others for ways that EVTOT can sustain and grow current and future members.
Click here for details & info

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Start Earlier

Here's a tip for anything you do:

Start EARLIER than you had planned! This way, you will have time to do all that you needed to do, like writing Tips and Tidbits!

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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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