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StoryTelling Tips

Storytelling is the art of portraying in words, images, and sounds what has happened in real or imaginedStorytelling events. The oldest forms of storytelling were oral. Later, stories could be conveyed by sculptures or writings on stone, wood, or parchment.

Modern technology adds to all of the previous techniques for storytelling the motion picture, together with oral dialog, images, sound effects, and musical accompaniment. But whether in olden times or in modern times, the challenge of storytelling was the same: How do you get across the complexity in the events of the story?

Last Updated - 1st December 2005

Finding Your Story

Your first step is to find a story. Not just any story. Find a story you love! You’ll tell it often, and you want to enjoy it every time.

A story for telling could be

For most beginners, folktales are easiest, because they’re made for telling. They’re simple, direct, and lively, with built-in memory aids. So from here on, we’ll focus on folktales.

You can gather folktales from books, storytelling recordings, and word of mouth. Find books and recordings in both the adult and the children’s sections of your library and bookstore.

Start with short tales—one to three pages of text, or a few minutes of recording. Look for stories with clear action, strong characters, and simple structure. Of course, pick a story that also suits your listeners, if you know who they’ll be. Modern retellings are easiest to work from, because they are already refined and adapted for listeners in our culture. But you too can alter a story to suit yourself or your audience.

Professional storytellers must be careful about copyright protection on stories they wish to tell, but this is less important for an amateur. If you have relied on only one version of the story, it is courtesy to at least mention your source. Be aware, though, that some storytellers—including many native Americans—feel you’ve stolen their stories if you tell them without personal permission.

Preparing Your Story

Telling Your Story

Final Hints

Here are some ways to go further with storytelling.



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