Monday - June 4, 2018
Issue # 317

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

New 'Spooky' CD from Rona Leventhal

Storyteller and colleague Rona Leventhal has just released her new CD!

For over twenty years Ronal has gained a reputation as an exuberant and dynamic performer who brings a cornucopia of voices and characters in a fun, engaging and dramatic fashion.  Her performances of multi-cultural tales and original stories beautifully weaving together drama, movement, songs, and humor, encouraging audience participation, and creating a joyful sense of community! 

This CD has "Dark stories from the shadows" and highlights Rona's ability to use movement and voice to create an atmosphere of the "unknown".

More info and ordering here

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - DIFFERENT

Thursday, June 7th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: DIFFERENT
Curated by Tony Paniagua

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

This Show will be a special fundraising event for Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
Storytellers include:
De Anne Dwight 
Terry Filipowicz
Lavina Tomer 
Ethel Lee-Miller 
Vic Roych
Jamie Salmen
Stephen Hall 

Click here for details & info

East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, June 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. - The LAST meeting for the summer!

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

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Away We Go

Tuesday - June 12th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

From family reunions to whirlwind escapes, vacations can be a time to reflect, relax or explore. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of stories about some of the best – and worst – travel experiences.  

Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Dawn Gilbertson, travel reporter and columnist for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com 

Featured tellers: 

Joanna Brathwaite
Parrish Spisz
Paige Soucie
Scott Craven
Lizbeth Congiusti
Elaissia Sears

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

Mark Your Calendars - Build Your Business with Better Storytelling
Monday - June 25th - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Southwest Valley Chamber of Coommerce
289 N Litchfield Road, Goodyear 85338

Find, Craft and Tell Your Great 5-Minute Business Story!

The "elevator speech" is dead and your networking "commercial" won't work in the real world. In their place, you need a pile of well-crafted, time-adjustable stories of your work and purpose, each ready to be matched to the right people at the right time.

In this low-theory, high-activity workshop, you'll learn why you need to know the difference between anecdotes and stories. You'll experience your memories triggered to find your stories. Finally, be guided in the process to outline, craft and tell one of your newly-created stories with another person. You'll leave with customized and immediately useful content.

Taught by Sean Buvala of The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group LLC.

A light lunch will be provided but registration with the Chamber is required 623-932-2260. Lunch begins at 11:30 followed by the workshop at Noon. 
More Info

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Appreciations: How We listen and Observe

I have written about "appreciations" before, as both a teacher and coach, I have taught myself to listen and observe tellers with the intent of appreciation. What do I see or hear that I appreciate about the teller? Sometimes, in class, the important appreciation may be that the student "got through" the story, after much resistance and encouragement. I try to do the same with all the slams and open mics in existence. I try not to compare, or judge, but look for the good. It's not always easy.

This weekend, I found myself in a perplexing situation. I attended a performance that I was looking forward to. Several colleagues had said it was a great piece to see. As the performance began, I found myself "not liking" many of the elements of this presentation. I was falling back into the old habit of judging, and I seemed to look for more things that I didn't like. 

During a break in the performance, I stood outside and wondered why I was so negative? Were my expectations too high? Was I expecting something different than I got? Why was I not enjoying myself or the presentation?

When they started up again, I prodded myself to "watch and listen with the intent of appreciation." I changed my attitude. I began enjoying myself and the performance. I kept finding things that I DID enjoy and appreciate about the people and the presentation.

This lesson was about my attitude and approach to the situation. There were still some parts of the performance that I was not enamored of, but I focused on the good. I did not have the opportunity to speak with any of the performers afterwards, but if I had, I would have given some of them my appreciations.

I think the more important part was that I walked away with a positive feeling vs. feeling grumpy because I didn't like everything.

So, remember - listen for appreciation!

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Science Fiction Becomes Reality
Here's an incredible story! There are lots of other, similar stories out there. Hundreds of TED talks show many other technological "miracles", or even non-tech feats or skills that boggle the mind. The story about new glasses that allow color blind people to SEE COLOR.

Remember the TED talk by the blind man who can ride a bicycle? Fact-based stories that will amaze and perhaps inspire audiences. They might even compliment an ancient story about a flying carpet, or an invalid who is cured with a magic cloak. Think about the possibilities and the what ifs. 

I wonder how far away we are from Star Trek's Transporter?

Don't forget to enable the volume!


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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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