Monday - September 25, 2017
Issue # 281

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Calls for Proposals - STF & Northlands

SHARING THE FIRE 2018 — Northeast Storytelling Conference

Theme: “Discovering Authenticity”
March 23-25, 2018 @ Hotel 1620, Plymouth, Massachusetts
DEADLINE:    Proposals must be received by Midnight (EDT), Friday, October 13, 2017
NOTIFICATIONS:   You will receive an email when your proposal has been received. If you do not receive this email, please contact Deb Roe, nestorytelling@gmail.com
INVITATIONS:         If your proposal is accepted you will be notified in November.
IMPORTANT NOTE  All workshops must be participatory (lectures, panels, showcases, etc. will not be considered).

Call for Workshops for the 
2018 Confabulation in Madison, Wisconsin

Due October 20, 2017

Download Guidelines Here

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This Week


AZ Storytellers Project - Outdoor Adventures

Thursday - 9/28/17 - 7:00 pm
Desert Botanical Gardens

From the Grand Canyon to Camelback Mountain to your favorite scenic drive, Arizona’s landscapes inspire us. Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of celebrating the great outdoors.
Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project and Lily Altavena, environmental reporting fellow at The Arizona Republic
Featured tellers:
Mare Schumacher
Sally Borg 
Chantel Freed 
Floyd Galloway 
Phillip Kennedy 
Brian Kraus 
Missy Keast 
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: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Megan Finnerty at megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com. 

TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers

Saturday, 9/30/17 1-4 p.m. (doors open at 12:45)
Unscrewed Theatre
3244 E. Speedway, Tucson

Ethyl Lee
TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers (and anyone who wants to tell their story like a pro). Learn skills and have fun doing it with Penelope Starr and Ethel Lee-Miller.
Three hours packed with professional tips and tools for anyone who has the opportunity to tell their story, boost their elevator pitch, hit the open mic circuit, or just plain impress people. This workshop is suitable for beginners, returnees, pros. 
  • Introduce your book or project in a way that invites interest rather than vacant stares
  • Craft a concise attention-getting beginning, an entertaining middle and compelling ending to your story, presentation, or pitch
  • Combine words, gestures, body language, & voice for a smooth tale
  • Have a confident attitude that connects you with your audience 
  • Practice with a live mic! 
REGISTRATION: $35. Limited space available.
Reservations & information at ethel.lee.miller at gmail.com
Ethel Lee-Miller uses her 20 years of Toastmasters International experiences along with teaching skills in her edu-entertainment presentations. Professional public speaking included topics like “Public Speaking Without Panic,” “Get Up and Talk About Your Writing,” and “ASK ASK ASK: Getting What You Want and Need in Professional and Personal Relationships.” She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships.
Penelope Starr founded Odyssey Storytelling in 2004 and it’s been going strong ever since bringing innovative, entertaining and thought-provoking stories to the Tucson community each month. She has coached hundreds of people in how to craft and present their stories. Penelope put her experiences and tips in a how-to/memoir, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Programs. 

San Diego - Storytelling Workshop with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

Saturday - 9/30/17 - 2:00-5pm Salvation Army Kroc Center
6845 University Ave, San Diego

Workshop/ master class with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. Robert is one half of the storytelling team of Eth-No-Tech, internationally acclaimed storytellers. They use movement, mime, costumes, and stylized artistic expression to weave great stories for audiences all over the world.
Regisrtration contact Sherrie, Arts 4Learning (619) 282-7599, fee to be determined, limited attendance, 
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Coming Up


Shining Stars Talent Show - Fundraiser
Performance - Friday - October 6th
SMCC Performing Arts Center

Save the date for the SMCC Shining Stars Talent Show and Fundraiser at the South Mountain Community College Performing arts Center.
A variety of performing artists from SMCC and the community will audition in September to earn a place in the program. Stay tuned!
The tickets are $25 and the audience will determine which acts take home the cash prizes. A panel of judges will be present for commentary. First place wins $1000, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200. Use the link provided to purchase tickets online!
Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS), a scholarship foundation, is coordinating auditions in September for a talent show in October at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), to raise money for student scholarships. 

The Whole Story - Part IV
First Friday, October 6th at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Art Museum

The Whole Story returns to Phoenix Art Museum with Part IV.
Featured storytellers take the stage on October 6, First Friday at 7:30pm. Joining the show's director, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, are featured storytellers: Stella Kiarie, Ghazi Hamza Muhammad, Dr. Quintin Boyce, Fatimah Halim and Anwar Newton.
The Whole Story is a live, PG-13, quarterly storytelling event where people within the Black community share stories of their everyday lives. Through stories about personal experiences, The Whole Story seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to our understanding of one another and the issues we face surrounding identity and connection, exploring both themes particular to the Black community as well as more universal experiences told from a Black perspective.

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The Language of Latka

Thinking a lot about words and language in my storytelling classes. So I thought it might be fun to re-visit a tip from 2013. Enjoy!

Remember Andy Kaufman's character on Taxi? Latka Gravas. He was from "the old country" and spoke a strange language. There were only a few words that were defined like:
"Yaktahbay"  - behind/butt
"Nik nik" - sex
"Ibi da" - "yes" or "that is so"

Most of the language was gibberish, or at least sounded like that. But you could always understand what he (and Carol Kane as Simka) were saying due to their facial/body expressions, intonations, etc.

Try this as an exercise, and do it with a coach, friend, group of friends or at a trusted story circle or guild gathering.

Tell the story in gibberish. "Blah, blah, blah" or whatever. Use your body, face, voice, and anything else you can to convey the meaning of the words, just don't use the words. Jeff Gere from Hawaii has used this exercise with pairs. The pairs tell each other a story, then choose one of the stories to "tell" to the group in gibberish.


Remember that this is an "exercise" so, go "over the top" with your gestures and everything else. You can always pull back later, in a real telling. But in this exercise, be outrageous and have fun!

Then, get feedback from the group. What did they think the story was about? Could they distinguish between different characters? Did they get a sense of the setting? Did they have a sense of time passing? What they tell you about what THEY thought you were saying, doing or conveying will be invaluable!

Oh yeah...one more thing...You might want to think about performing a story this way for an audience! What, you say? Outrageous? Crazy? Can't be done? Donna Washington tells the story of the Three Little Pigs with NO words at all...just sound. And it works!

Now, if you want to go back to words...check out the tidbit below!

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Knock, Knock, Who's There? - William Shakespeare - Who'd o' Thunk It?
Last week on NPR's RADIOLAB, a fascinating program on Words and Language. The first story is of a woman who taught words and language to a grown deaf man. Incredible!

The next story (starting at 11:30) is about the link (or no link) between thought and language.

One of the best segments (starting at 23:30) is about Shakespeare's writing, revealing some "crazy" facts about many words that the old Will actually coined! Unnerving, Unreal and many othr "un" words. This was a fascinating segment that can help storytellers to look at words and language in a different way. A way that can inspire our creativity when crafting a story.

P.S. - GCC Students - What meter did Shakespeare us in most of his writing, clearly define and explain the term. Email me the answer before 2 pm on Tuesday for up to 20 extra credit points! Ten points for the term, another ten for  the definition.

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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

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
Second 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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