Storytelling Tips, Tricks and Inspiration
Take your story from the seed of an idea to the stage with these writing tools.
Long Story Short by Margot Leitman
Do you wish your stories would leave listeners on the edge of their seats, wanting more? Storytelling coach and The Moth veteran Margot Leitman tells you everything you need to know in her book Long Story Short. Learn how to improve your content, structure your story, and deepen your emotional impact. With practical storytelling exercises, this guide will make you an expert in no time.
Do/Story: How to tell your story so the world listens by Bobette Buster
Learn how to level up your storytelling with Bobette Buster’s Do/Story. In her newly updated book, Buster teaches readers how to make their stories better–and isn’t that what we all want? She provides tips and exercises that explain how to produce a powerful and engaging piece. The book also features the work of activists and leaders so readers can get a sense of how Buster applies her Ten Principles of Storytelling technique.
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Stories That Stick by Kindra Hall
Are you wondering how you can elevate your business? Stories that Stick aims to help you do exactly that through the strategic use of storytelling. Kindra Hall lays out four types of stories you can use to make yourself stand out from the rest: the Value, Founder, Purpose, and Customer. With detailed, actionable steps, Stories that Stick is an excellent business tool and storytelling reference guide.
The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr
There is science behind every powerful story. In his book, The Science of Storytelling, Will Storr uses psychological research and neuroscience to explain how to write better stories. He also pulls from several examples, including: Harry Potter, Native American folk tales, Breaking Bad, and Russian novels. No matter what kind of storyteller you are, The Science of Storytelling is bound to supply you with tools to enhance your skills.
On Writing by Stephen King
On Writing is described as “part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time.” Stephen King writes about tools that every writer should possess, making this a great resource for anyone in the business of storytelling. He also shares parts of his own story and how his life experiences have influenced his writing over the years. This inspirational book is a great option for anyone, no matter what stage you are at in your storytelling journey. And it’s one of my favorite books on writing, period.
Pixar in a Box: The Art of Storytelling
“Pixar in a Box: The Art of Storytelling” is a product of a Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy collaboration. The goal of the project is to provide people with a look into how Pixar artists do their jobs. “The Art of Storytelling” is the first lesson in the series and covers many topics, such as: your unique perspective, your favorite characters, and advice from storytellers. It features digestible videos, all of which are under five minutes long, and activities for you to practice your writing skills with. The resource is free and available for you to access at any point.
Skillshare Storytelling Classes
Skillshare is an online resource designed to teach users anything they could possibly want to learn. This link brings you to their storytelling resources which are all in the form of a video, ranging anywhere from 25 minutes to 4 hours long. It covers a wide variety of topics, including: Storytelling 101, Product photography, Video storytelling for social media.
You can sign up for free or pay for a premium subscription in order to receive unlimited access to ad-free videos.
True Tales Live Online Workshops
“True Tales” is a Portsmouth-based storytelling series that hosts monthly workshops on Zoom. All shows run from 7 to 8:15 PM while free workshops take place 7 to 8:30 PM on the first Tuesday of every month. A list of show themes is listed on their website which is meant to trigger story ideas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to sign up for the workshop, and email@example.com if you want to sign up as a storyteller.
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