Ira Glass, noted for his segment “This American Life” on National Public Radio, discusses his vision of the art and craft of storytelling.
TED identifies its “master storytellers.”
StoryCorps, an NGO whose mission is to inspire and enable individuals to record the stories of their lives.
The New York Times examine the question of “who is the storyteller?” in this Voice of the Storyteller feature.
Tim Sheppard’s FAQ for Storytellers.
Some favorite quotes on the power of storytelling
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” - Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou
“We come together as a community — in our sitting room, in sacred space or in a coffee shop. We share our joy and pain, our surprises and disappointments, successes and failures and we try to make some sense of it all. We listen to find some way to connect. We give reassurance or advice. Sometimes we say nothing because just being there is enough. Storytelling is that moment when we are not alone.” - Louise Erdrich