Monday - August 27, 2018
Issue # 329

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

Guild Meetings Back in Swing!

September first is Saturday, and that means that the guild meetings that have been "on hold" for the summer are back in full swing. Check This Week and Coming Up below or go to the calendar to see what's happening! 

Turning the Contest Upside Down

Contest Question Changed...

No one submitted an answer for the contest last week, so I guess it was too hard. Here is last week's question

In just TWO weeks, three people will have a celebration! Can you name all three people, and what they will be celebrating together?

Here's the answer: 

Mark Goldman, Kristin Pedimonti and Rives Collins celebrating birthdays on September third!

So, here's the NEW question:

Take (the age I will be) divided by (the number of tips in my book) - 
What are the FOUR numbers repeated in the answer?

The FIRST person to E-mail me the correct answer will win a One-Hour, Skype Coaching Session from me! 

ONE ENTRY only per person. 

The three people celebrating are NOT ELIGIBLE to win.

If you don't know the answer, you can still get a great coaching deal from me. I am extending my Summer Coaching Sale through Labor Day, September 3rd! Request and receive a session BEFORE Labor Day for only $40. That's more than 50% off my normal price!

Rules: No purchase necessary. Any individual who enters, attempts to enter or in any way participates or attempts to participate in any contest, sweepstakes or giveaway (“Contest”) conducted by me (“Mark Goldman”) (each such individual is hereinafter referred to as a “Participant”) agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions provided in these Official General Contest Rules (“General Rules”), as well as by Mark's interpretations of these General Rules which are final and binding in all matters relating to any Contest. Some Contests will have specific rules developed for them (“Specific Contest Rules”). In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between these General Rules and the Specific Contest Rules, the Specific Contest Rules shall control. All Contests are subject to and governed by applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation in this Contest is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.

Can you do the math?
E-Mail Me

Northlands Confabulation - Call for Proposals

Call for Workshops, Showcases & Fringes for the
2019 Confabulation!
in Madison, Wisconsin
April 26–28, 2019
Proposals Due October 15, 2018

In psychiatry, confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.
Don't let the above definition deter you! This is one of the most prestigious and well-run conferences in the storytelling community.

The deadline for proposals is only SEVEN WEEKS away! 
Download Guidelines Here
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This Week


West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 1st ~ 10am - Noon
St. John's Lutheran Church
7205 N. 51st Ave., Glendale.

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon. 
First hour: Business Meeting
Second Hour: Storytelling

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.
Check out their website!

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Coming Up


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - BRANDED
Thursday, September 6th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: BRANDED
Curated by: TBA

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


Click here for details & info

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
At the Harmony Meeting Room:
1200 N Eldorado Place, Suite B-200 in Tucson

Join this vibrant group of tellers for great stories, training and community involvement!

More info, please contact:
Glenda Bonin
(520) 629-0270

Visit Their Facebook Page

East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, September 8th ~ 10am - Noon
Scottsdale Public Library 
Civic Center Drive, Scottsdale
Downstairs in the Gold Room

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. - The FIRST Meeting of Fall!

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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An Actress Prepares

And so should a storytellers! (See my Tip about Building a Back Story)

First of all, let me say that I love this woman. She is a consummate actress. She played Anij, the 300-year-old woman whom Piccard fell in love with in Star Trek Insurrection. She had such a calm persona and could slow down time.

I have seen her in many other movie and TV roles. Recently, she played the lead in Hello Dolly on Broadway. One might think, "Broadway Musical", Dolly, energetic music and dancing, the role created by the flamboyant Carol Channing. Just get out there and do it with energy and a big smile! But no, this prolific actress talks about "her" Dolly before the play starts. Who was she? What was she like growing up? What's her back-story?

Listen as she tells you about who this character is, how she relates to her, and how she deals with and portrays the emotions on stage.

NOTE: You must scroll down to click on the video, but it is well worth it!

What might happen to YOUR story if you took the time to think about and incorporate the Back-Story of your story's character(s)?

GCC STUDENTS: Look up the term "backstory" and read the Tip in the LIINK above. Then send me an E-mail (mark@storytellermark.com) with your thoughts on how a backstory affects one's story & telling - at least 125 words. Do this before 2 P.M. this Tuesday for a maximum of 10 extra credit points.

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Beyond Beyond the Border
Hello Storytelling friends and colleagues! Perhaps some of you have received an E-mail from someone purporting to be from Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival in Wales, UK. Perhaps you wondered "is this real?" as they offered you between £3000 - £3500 to perform, plus all expenses, round trip flight, hotel and food. Well...If I were dreaming, I might get paid that amount!

Note: Beyond the Border Festival is a real Festival in Wales, but these e-mails do not come from them. It's a scam.
This scam has been around for quite some time now. The hook is that they tell you to get a UK work permit and ask you to wire the fees (between $500-$600) and say they will reimburse you. Obviously, they do not.
I have actually received three invitations over the years. The last one I received recently, and I decided I would respond and see what happens. Don't worry, I won't give them any money, and, in fact, I asked them for MORE money than they offered.
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******************************* THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH ***************************

---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

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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