Good Books on: Personal Story Telling
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These are books on developing Personal stories from your life and experiences - and I highly recommend them to you. For information concerning their prices, availability and, if desired, your convenient purchase, follow any of the linked titles, a service of Eldrbarry's Story Telling Page in association with Books.
  • Sharing Personal Stories: Creating, Writing, & Telling Stories People Love to Hear by Dave Waldo

    Learn how to create compelling stories; how to make them come alive; how to capture and maintain your listeners’ attention; and how to make your stories entertaining and memorable so people will want to read and hear them. If you want to write and tell personal stories, this is the book for you. The book is fun to read. It includes many entertaining stories from the author’s life.

  • Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need by Margot Leitman (Sasquatch Books October 13, 2015)
    A current phenomenon are personal ture stories competitions and events such as TheMoth. Here is a practical storytelling guide from a comedian, and winner of multiple Moth StorySLAM competitions. Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how to tell a story that leaves others spellbound! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises. The Moth edited by Catherine Burns has 50 true stories gleaned from TheMoth archives.

  • Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling. by Matthew Dicks (New World Library, 2018)
    Matthew Dics has won Thirty-Six Moth StorySLAM competitions and Five GrandSLAM Championships. He tells you how to find personal stories, how to make those Stories great, often with personal anedotes and examples. It is a detailed book with lots of straight forward and engaging tips and techniques for constructing, telling, and polishing stories that will hold the attention of your audience (no matter how big or small). He shows that anyone can learn to be an appealing storyteller, that everyone has something “storyworthy” to express, and, perhaps most important, that the act of creating and telling a tale is a powerful way of understanding and enhancing your own life. A good followup to a Long Story Short!

  • Your Story Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience (How To Sell Yourself) by Corey Rosen
    We’ve all got stories to tell-but how do you make your story the best? In his book, Moth veteran and master teacher Corey Rosen inspires you to get on stage and tell your story. Using the best storytelling techniques from improvisational theatre, Rosen designs an accessible guide for all ages and skill levels. Crafted to help ordinary people tell extraordinary stories, this laugh out loud handbook covers everything from how to tell a good story to going off script.

  • Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories by Kate Farrell Story Power provides techniques for creating and framing personal stories alongside effective tips for telling them in any setting. Plus, this book models stories with unique storytelling examples, exercises, and prompts, as well as storytelling techniques for delivery in a spontaneous, authentic style.

  • Measure of Story: How to Create a Story from Floats and Anecdotes: Your Storytelling Coach Teaches You How to Take Your Story from "What?" to "Wow!" by K. Sean Buvala

    Mr. Buvala is clearly a master storyteller, and his insights and exercises are useful for creating all kinds of stories, including stories for marketing a business. Great book for all kinds of storytellers.

    Sean founderd the He is also the author of
  • Storytelling Tips and How to be a Storyteller: Essays and Advice on the Art of Storytelling Visit his site for Storytelling 101 a e-book course, which includes a recorded telecourse.

  • Telling Your Own Stories: For Family and Classroom Storytellling, Public Speaking and Personal Journaling by Donald Davis Whose personal stories are quite popular at Storytelling events, and who has published a number of books containing them.

    This is a little book of prompts regarding the people places and happenings in your and your family's lives to help you discover stories.

  • Before We Say "Goodnight" How to tell bedtime stories about your life and family by Hank Frazee

    Captivate your child’s imagination with a subject they can’t get enough of — you. Discover an easy-to-learn three-step method for turning your life experiences, and those of your family, into great bedtime stories, all without notes or memorization, making bedtime one of the happiest parts of the day.

  • Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact by Annette Simmons

    Story telling is a powerful communications tool that is becoming more and more recognized in the business community. These stories are not the usual speech openers or ice breakers, but stories that will influence others to trust the storyteller and shape decisions and actions that are important to both individuals and organizations. This book teaches readers how to tell six kinds of stories. Part 1 explains how to shift from normal "business thinking" to story thinking. Part 2 describes the six types of story, and walks readers through the process of finding their own inspiring stories. Part 3 outlines five practical principles that maximize story as a tool to understand as well as persuade.

    See Hatter's Story Biz Books for more on using Storytelling in business and the Market Place.

  • Creative Storytelling: Building Community, Changing Lives by Jack Zipes (Routledge, 1995)
    ISBN 0-415-91272-5

    This book has a lot to offer! Written by a professor who has written numerous books on fairy tales and their varients, it offers tried practival how-to suggestions for bringing storytelling in the curriculum of schools, discussion of the different genres of stories with both traditional and modern examples and their value in peoples lives. There are a lot of stories contained in this volume and an extensive bibliography as well. I strongly recommend this volume to storytellers and teachers.

  • Storyteller (3rd edition)
    by Ramon Royal Ross (August House, 1996)
    ISBN 0-874-83451-1

    A classic book that helped to spawn the current storytelling revival 25 years ago, the new edition includes a discussion of personal experience stories.

  • Storyteller, Storyteacher by Marni Gillard ISBN 1571100148

    A gem of a book from a teacher that really understands the place of story in our lives!. Not just for teachers, it is especially strong in helping people of all ages discover their own personal stories and overcome the fear of sharing them. Parents ought to read this book. Marni Gillard is gentle and vunerable, and at the same time, courageous and perceptive. She shares many examples from her years of observing people telling stories, and has an excellent bibliography of resources. I strongly recommend this book!

  • The Power of Personal Storytelling: Spinning Tales to Connect with Others by Jack Maguire (J P Tarcher., 1998)
    ISDN 0874779308

    In The Power of Personal Storytelling, professional storyteller Jack Maguire explains how to mine your memories to communicate more effectively, enhance personal and professional relationships, and understandyourself better so that you can better understand others. Step by step, he illustrates how shaping and expressing true stories about our lives and those of the people we've known can connect us more vitally with others; develop our creativity; strengthen our humor, courage, and confidence; and render our lives more memorable.One device is to help students find a "counterpart" story from the traditional body of folklore and well-known material we all grew up with. Jack has lots more ideas -- activities that allow students to link personal memories (reality) with abstract ideas. He has a chapter that uses storyboarding as a way of finding key scenes or stepping-stones as parts of a developing story.

  • Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play by Doug Lipman [August House, 1999] ISDN 0874835305
    A book for Advanced storytellers. Fran Stallings says "Although the book is full of suggestions for exercises and very practical remedies, it is more than a how-to manual. It teaches the aesthetic and moral principles we must understand in order to make our own informed decisions as responsible tellers."

  • Write Right! : Creative Writing Using Storytelling Techniquesby Kendall Haven (Teacher Ideas Press, 1999) ISBN: 1563086778 and Eldrbarry's Bookshop

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