Spring 2018 Open Studio Sale – April 7

It’s time to clean the office, and I’ve been finding all sorts of cool books and audio books buried under the stacks of paper.

So, we’re having a Spring Cleaning Open Studio Sale on April 7 from 9:30 am to 1pm at my offices: Hope Artiste Village, Suite 1212, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. (Go up either of the front staircases to the second floor, and look for the signs)

What’s on offer? Some items rare. Some are out of print. Some are just awesome to read and share.

This is a great opportunity to get your local veggie shopping done at the WinterMarket downstairs, and take home a few signed books for your family and friends.

FAN SPECIAL: Come by and mention this web page and get a free Cinderella Spinderella eBook Gift Card – no purchase necessary.

See you then!

– Mark

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Missions and goals (spring 2018 edition)

By now you may know that I hate writing autobiography. Even worse, I despise writing my own bio. This is something I have to do waaaaaay too often — whether for a new brochure or a web page, or in this case for a workshop I’m giving Saturday at the Sharing the Fire storytelling conference.

Bios of this sort are manipulative stories designed to impress. That said, I found the last paragraph I wrote about myself actually inspired me — which is kindof cool.

As a storyteller Mark Binder’s mission is to transmit joy.
As a writer his goal is to engage, enrapture, entertain and occasionally challenge.
As an American citizen his goal is to create a more perfect union.

I kind of like that, and I wanted to share it with you.
Thanks for reading and have an awesome day.

Old Scratch Nickels and the Bloated Chicken Challenge

“knee slapping!”
—Motif Magazine

Originally released as part of the Patron Project — to get early access to this and other work, please click here to learn more about becoming a patron

Old Scratch Nickels and the Bloated Chicken Challenge

This is a live version of “Old Scratch Nickels”, recorded live at the RIBS Liars contest at the Mixed Magic Theater on January 19, 2018.

This story is NOT for children under 13. Please be advised.

Did it win? Well, it’s a liars contest, so no matter what I say you probably shouldn’t believe me.

Official release date for non-patrons on iTunes, etc: 2/1/2018

Getting “them” to listen… A workshop at Sharing the Fire, the Northeast’s Storyelling Conference

Northeast Storytelling (Formerly LANES - League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling) LogoWhen I first started storytelling (back in the stone ages), I was amazed at Sharing the Fire — the Northeast’s premier storytelling conference. It was  wonderful, inspiring, encouraging and education. I still have some great friends from those days.

This year, STF  is happening from Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25 in Plymouth, MA.  I’m going to be giving a workshop called, “Getting Them To Listen” on Saturday at 1:30pm about how to communicate more powerfully.

If you’re a lover of storytelling, a storyteller, a listener, a teacher, a librarian, or just an ordinary person who’s curious, here are conference registration details: https://www.nestorytelling.org/conference-details/

Sharing the Fire has workshops, performances and swaps for every level. You’ll meet lots of people and hear tons of stories.

If you do come, make sure to say hi!