Monday - July 17, 2017
Issue # 271

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

Summer Storytelling Camp - Without the Camping!

It's that time of year: End of Summer. Time for a Storytelling Camp - without the camping.

A weekend of Storytelling,

Coaching, Instruction, Storygames & Fun

for less than $8 an hour!

Looking at these possible dates:
August 14-16
August 18-20
August 25-27.

Pricing (Including Saturday & Sunday lunch but NOT including any sleeping accommodations)

Early Bird - Before August 1 - $125
After August 1 - $150

If you need accommodations, they will be about $50 a night based on double occupancy (slightly higher for a single).

Let me know if you are interested or need more info.
Call or Email me with preferred choice of dates and city. mark@storytellermark.com - 602-390-3858

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Sum...mer...time... and the Livin' Is Ea...sy...

You know the old song, by George Gershwin, from the musical, Porgy and Bess. The first lines and notes reflect the long, lazy days of summer. 

But don't be lazy! Summertime (especially here in Phoenix where it's so hot and we NEVER go outside) is the perfect time to work on stories! The storytelling scene usually gets smaller during summer. Summer school is almost over and there are fewer events to attend. Now is the perfect time to stay cool inside and revisit and revive your stories.

The dog-days of summer are a great time for re-crafting old stories. Have you gotten a little rusty, or even dusty with some stories? Time to dust them off; scrub them and polish them to shine anew. When you first told them, they were new to you and your audiences. What will make them new and bright and shiny again? 

Here are a few tips/prompts to try a re-fit for a story that may have lost some of its luster:

  • Change the Voice. Tell from a different point of view, or from a different character's point of view. Want to challenge yourself? Try telling the story in "second person" (one specific character speaking to another specific character or group).
  • Change the setting or the time frame, modernize the story. What would happen if Little Red Riding Hood lived in New York City, and it's 2017?
  • What connects those three short stories? Can't find the connection? Maybe it's YOU as the teller? How could you bring them together as a string of pearls?
  • Re-discover what's special about your protagonist. Make this quality the focal point of your story. How does your protagonist feel about having this power/ability? Were they always this way? Did they acquire this quality along their journey? Highlight it and tell us more about it.
  • What's the point of the story? Are you sure? Delve deeper into the meaning of the story for you. Maybe your initial thoughts and decisions have changed since you first told it. Take a leap of faith.  What if the point were something completely outrageous?

Those are just a few of the possibilities that you might try. Here's one more that's well suited for your summertime re-crafting:

  • Take a moment to physically become your protagonist. Stand the way they would stand. Put your body in the shape of what it feels like to BE them. Breathe in the way they would breath. Breath in that quality that they have and can use for good. Then...step outside into the summer heat, and speak as your protagonist.

Did you find something new to use for your story?

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Why Doesn't Someone Tell Them?
Just my rant:

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurants have been running ads on TV for some time now. Perhaps you have seen them. Do you get as angry and disturbed as I do with these commercials? Perhaps not. But I often wonder, when you have an entire ad campaign that is NOT CORRECT, wouldn't someone in the company notice...and tell them? Here's the current ad:

Notice anything wrong? Well, those are NOT butterfly shrimp! They are just fried shrimp. There have been other ads for other flavors of "butterfly" shrimp that are all similar. Yelling at my TV doesn't seem to deter Popeye's from continuing with this gross error. When I first saw this particular ad, I thought, OK, that woman is asking "Why" they are called "butterfly"; WHOOPEE. - But no, it wasn't answered.

THESE are butterfly shrimp (immediate right). The reason they are called that is because the chef cuts them part way down the front and when they are laid flat, they look like the shape of a butterfly. THIS is what they look like after frying them!

I wonder what the "story" behind all this is? How did these commercials get made without SOMEONE standing up and saying "Hey guys, I think something is wrong here?" What is the company culture? Is it "Don't rock the shrimp boat." If the boss, or the CEO likes the word butterfly, but doesn't really understand it, is there no one who will tell him/her? Are the managers at Popeye's and all the high-level ad executives lost at sea? Someone needs to send out an SOS (Save Our Shrimp)!


Okay, done with my rant.

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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

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

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


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