Monday - May 7, 2018
Issue # 313

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
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Early Bird Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit!

                                  BTW...Did you know that
             NSN has a BRAND NEW website? Check it out!

Registration for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit is NOW OPEN! NSN is offering a special early bird discount for a limited time only, so don’t wait, register today! The Storytelling Summit will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, July 26-28, 2018.

The 2018 Summit theme is “Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories.” The Summit is a great chance to see over 20 performances, award-winning keynote speakers and participate in over 25 workshops over a four-day period, conducted by the “cream-of-the-crop” of storyteller presenters. Also come join as we honor our top Storytellers with our International ORACLE Awards on Saturday, July 28 at noon.

The vision of the Summit is to bring together all the individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions who seek to advance their skills, knowledge and showcase their talent from across the world. It is also a great time to see old friends and meet new ones through our networking events, that will encourage sharing information, mentoring, long-lasting collaborations and friendships. You will meet individuals using storytelling in all of its forms and mediums at the National Storytelling Summit.

Click here for more information and REGISTRATION

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This Week


NEW STORY SERIES - Stories and Cake

Thursday - May 10 - 7pm
The NEW Space55
1524 N 18th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Friends and Story Enthusiasts - Come support Space 55's new curated storytelling series! It starts this Thursday and will be hosted by Kathy Nakagawa and John Perovich.
This month's tellers: Mario Avent, Donna Cheung, Chantel Freed, Mark Goldman, Kathy Nakagawa, Julie Peterson, Pamela Spence & Dixie Walljasper
There will be BOTH traditional and personal stories.

Want to tell at a future event? E-mail Kathy Nakagawa: nakagawa@asu.edu
Tickets ($10) Click Here - Use the code

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, May12th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

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 a group that provides a safe place to hear and tell stories, to learn about stories and storytelling, and enjoy fellowship with others. We support the personal and professional development of members, preserve and promote storytelling, and provide information about storytelling opportunities and events

Each month, our goal is to tell stories, listen to stories and celebrate. Join us!

Lunch Note: After the meeting, many of us gather for lunch. We invite all attendees to join us at Randy's Restaurant, NW Corner of Hayden & Chapparal in the Safeway Center.
Click here for details & info

Storyfest At Mesa Convention Center

Saturday May 12th - 10am - 4pm
Mesa Convention Center

The AZ Storytellers' Project, KJZZ and the SMCC Storytelling Institute are all partnering to present Storyfest.

There will be storytelling by AZ Storyteller Project tellers from the last four sessions. Other local tellers will tell, and the SMCC Storytelling Institute will be offering Storytelling for Children.

Come join the fun!

More info here.

Pam Faro House Concert

Saturday - May 12th - 7pm - 9pm
Sandy Oglesby's

Colorado Storyteller Pam Faro is coming to town! When she was here last time, we had a great "Storytellers Luncheon", perhaps we can set up another one.

This time, Pam will be doing a House Concert, hosted by the inimitable Sandy Oglesby! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12th.

Yes, that is at the end of day, just after the KJZZ all-day Storyfest. So, we should all be revved up and ready to hear some of Pam's stories, and jump in with one of our own if picked from Sandy's hat!

It's casual, caring, and ever so much fun! RSVP as I only have 25 seats. E-mail me at Sandy@sandytells.com and I will send you my address and other information!

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Growing Up - Two Shows

Monday - May 14th -
EARLY SHOW 6:30-8:00 PM

LATE SHOW 8:30-10:00PM
Phoenix Theatre
100 E Mcdowell Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Adulting is about glorious failures as much as victorious triumphs. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for stories about the little and big moments of growing up.
Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Karina Bland, reporter and columnist at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured tellers:
Chelsea Gaberdiel
Marlena Robbins
Janelle Spangler
Susan Lacke
Bradley Perry
Become a subscriber: All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. Click here to learn about other great subscriber perks. 
Accessibility Note: We are pleased to provide live open captioning for this event, sponsored by the State of Arizona, Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and provided by Karla Martin.  Nearly 1 out of 5 Arizonans have hearing loss and captioning ensures that everyone can enjoy the event.
If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating for this event or a future Storytellers event, please contactinfo@storytellersproject.com.

Info & Tickets

Talk Story with Pam
Let's get together for lunch with Pam Faro and TALK STORY! We had a great time when Pam was in Phoenix before. We scheduled a group lunch and "Talked Story" with Pam. It's a great way to get to know each other, talk about stories, and talk with an international storyteller about what the business is like.

If you're interested in having lunch with us on Tuesday, May 15th at noon, email me mark@storytellermark.com.

We'll meet at noon at the Wildflower at 4290 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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What Happens Next?

Two things audiences are asking in storytelling, "What is happening?"... and, "What happens next?"

As storytellers, we not only need to make sure these two things are clear to the audience, but we need to "Enhance the moment, and make sure the audience understands what's happening, and that they are (most of the time) on the edge of their seats, wanting to know what's next.

Let's address the first one first. We always have to ask ourselves, "Are we clear about what's happening?"

Are your pronouns are clear?

The King was in the throne room. The Jester entered. He belched and they both laughed. 

Who belched? It's not precisely clear. We can generally assume that the last person spoken about is the one connected to the pronoun...but it may not be completely clear.

Make sure your navigation is clear.  A term I learned from David Novak. How do you get from one scene or place to the next? Have you ever been listening to a teller, and all of a sudden, you're not sure how they got from the throne room to the dungeon? Make sure that you are being clear about when and where the characters are, and how they got to that point. If suddenly, the Queen speaks, make sure she has entered the scene. Otherwise, your audience will be puzzled.

Are the directions clear? I mean, are the directions that people are coming and going clear? Do you need to use terms like east and west, or up the hill and down the hill? At minimum, say that the King was coming from one direction and the Jester was running in the other direction and they collided. It's also important that your gestures, body movements and head/face/eyes are coordinated with your words.

Be consistent. Did you state that the Chalice was on the shelf at the right? Then don't attempt to pick it up from the table in front of you. Once again, make sure your words are consistent with your gestures and movements. Recently, one of my students told a story about breaking his arm. In one scene, he held up his right arm. In the next scene, he wrote on a cast on his left arm. After the story, when asked, he said, "I don't really remember which arm it was." Ah... then make a decision: one or the other. 

Now, let's talk about what happens next. There are many ways that this can be handled.

Make a statement that piques the audience's interest:

Sampson was a great warrior. But today was not a day for victory.

This makes us want to know "Why? Tell us more."

Ask us a question. Again, something that makes us want to know or understand more.

People can steal money or things, but do you think someone can steal a SMELL? We'll soon find out.

We'll be listening now, and assuming we won't really know until the END of the story!

Take a pause; not too short; not too long... just the right length.

A pause after an important event or statement can "tease" the audience into sitting up and waiting for the next thing that happens.

If you walk away now, I will follow you to the ends of the earth and destroy you!

A pause here makes us want to know if the character will be leaving or not. A short pause might indicate the next scene, the Queen in her chambers, struggling with her decision. A long pause can indicate the passage of time and/or a change of location, like a new chapter in a book. Then...

The Queen stands outside a small hut by the road. She is not dressed in finery. She has hidden her crown in a sack with some other personal items. She does not want to be seen as the Queen. She nocks at the door.

Now we know she has made the decision and has left. We want to know what will happen to her. Will the King eventually find her? What then?

Sometimes, we want it to be evident. There are times when you want the audience to assume or know what happens next. Either you want them to be included in the "joke" or prank. Or, you may want them to assume one thing will happen, and then surprise them with another.

Consider the graphic for this tip. Clowns coming from one direction. A rack of pies, unseen, around the corner, coming towards the clowns. We have an expectation of what will ensue.

We were in the dressing room and were all putting on one brown shoe and one black shoe. I went around the stage to the other side to make my entrance. (We should all know what happens next.) When we all stepped on the stage, I was the only one with one brown shoe and one black!

Those are just a few suggestions for making your audience sit up and want to hear more.

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It's Not That Spicy
I don't often do personal rants here but today, for some reason, I feel compelled to. Please forgive me... or JOIN ME!

I have lived in Phoenix since 1979, that's almost 40 years. I enjoy living in the Southwest. Occasionally I enjoy the food of the Southwest - Mexican Food. However, those who know me, understand that I am a "spice wimp!" 

What? And you've lived here for 40 years? You should be over it by now!

Yes, I have heard that before, but I must tell you this is deep seated. It began long ago when I was just a child. I think my father tried to play a trick on me and told me to have some salsa that was HOT! Thanks Dad! Well, April fools or not, my tongue has never been the same. I have heard servers say, "Oh, it's not that hot."  Yeah, right! If my nose hairs start to curl as I walk into the restaurant, I'm in big trouble.

I recently went to a local Mexican franchise (unnamed as most of them are the same). As I walked in, I could detect the clear sting of jalapeño. It was a "build-your-own-plate". I stood on one side of the counter and the questioning began:

Is everything spicy?

No, we have some less-spicy choices.

Hmm? "Less-spicy, eh" I'm thinking. What has NO spice in it?

Well (a long pause here) The carnitas (pork) has nothing in it. Would you like a taste?

I would, and did, it was OK.

The rice has no spice in it.

What about the beans?

The beans are spicy, the black beans are really mild, though.

I tasted two beans... they seemed ok, then after 20 seconds, I could feel the slight burn at the back of my tongue. What about the pico?

Spicy. It has jalapeños in it.

They have corn. Oh wow, corn, cool. What about the corn?

Spicy. It has jalapeños in it, and all the sauces are spicy too.


For all intents and purposes, it's ALL spicy! I know we are in the southwest, but why can't these restaurants cater to everyone, INCLUDING US SPICE WIMPS?!?

Why can't they cook things without the hot spices and let people put their jalapeños on it AFTER they get the plate. Why does it have to be cooked in? Why? Why? Why?


Okay, that's all. Feel free to weigh in in the comment section below. Feel free to either chastise, or join me in raising money for my new restaurant, SPICE WIMPS - Bring your OWN Hot Stuff

Footnote: Actually, I have worked in the restaurant industry and I would NEVER own one! I just hope someone ELSE will build it!

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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

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

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

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