Midwinter Story-Speakers’ Retreat 2018

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Calling All Speakers of Story In Many Formats.

Storytellers. Poets. Speakers. Spoken-Word Performers. Let’s “talk shop” at the beginning of the new year! Take time to work ON your business and not just IN your business and art. Reflect on your role as speaker, performer, leader and influencer! If your work involves speaking stories in front of a live audience, then this event is for you. Open to all, but expect a deeper-level discussion that is best for folks with some experience in their art forms. This retreat is intended for adults over the age of 18.

Working with the three pillars of Sean’s “Outside In” coaching method, we’ll walk through the essentials of the story experience. We’ll talk about the person of the artist, the role of words on an audience, and how we gather an audience. One session will feature a guided discussion about issues specifically raised by you, the retreat participants.

You are in for a weekend of: Some reflection. Some art. Some business. It’s an intensive workshop and a retreat. This will be a “rethinking” for anyone involved in working with story in spoken word, oral storytelling, poetry and the like.

January 26-27, 2018.
Phoenix, Arizona.
Comfortable, Private Home Setting (One small dog, no cats.)

Sean Buvala has 30+ years of experience in the fields of spoken word, performance arts, arts-business management, and retreat leadership.

$195 Per Person Includes:
Four General Sessions, Media and Materials
Small-Group Gathering of 6-12
Friday Dinner
Saturday Breakout Snacks
Saturday Lunch
Free House-Concert Saturday Night (Name-in-the-hat style)
Online access to event audio recordings (If technology cooperates)
30-minute after-the-event private telephone coaching with Sean

Optional: You can go out for dinner locally if you’d like or you can join the staff for a light Saturday Dinner for an extra fee of $15. All meals are at the retreat location.

Rough Schedule:
Subject to change. Often.

5pm Doors Open
6pm Dinner (Included)
7pm Session 1 (The Artist)
9pm Goodnight

9am Light Breakfast Snacks (Included/shared)
10am Session 2 (The Audience)
12pm Lunch (Included)
2pm Break
230pm Session 3 (The Business)
4pm Break
5pm Session 4 (TBD by participants)
530pm Dinner (Optional/fee extra)
730pm An Evening House Concert (Open to Public) (Free)
930pm Goodnight

Lodging and Travel:

You will want to fly to the PHOENIX airport.

This event is in the private home of Sandy and Dwight Oglesby. It is an easy 25-minute drive from the airport.

A spot is available for someone who might like to stay (lodge) with the Oglesbys but you’ll need to discuss fee and arrangements directly with Sandy. We’ll give you contact info when you register.

If you need advice on local hotels, we can make suggestions. Look for hotels near the ZipCode™ of 85028. January is “high season” for travel in Arizona. Typical daytime temperature is about 70 degrees or so.

Register Now via our site at “Get Helium“:
Click on price to register. You will be taken to another secure page to register
under the name of our “Small Tooth Dog Publishing” account.
We’ll be in email touch within 24 hours of your registration.


Psst: Want to give this as a gift? Please contact us to make arrangements. (staff @ smalltoothdog dot com)

A small event like this relies on pre-sales to assure that we can properly pay for the event. As such, any refund requests before January 6 will include a $50 cancellation fee. There is no refund after January 6, 2018. A minimum number of participants is required to hold this retreat. Should we not have the minimum required by January 7, 2018, your registration will be refunded in full, without fees. You may transfer your registration to anyone before January 24, 2018 without any additional fee. Contact us if you’d like to do so.