The Storyteller’s Way

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The Storyteller’s Way: A Sourcebook for Confident Storytelling

This book enables the realization of one’s potential as a storyteller. The authors believe that everyone can tell a story, but to tell it well requires a certain set of skills. Whether one is just starting out or wants to develop storytelling expertise, this book is an essential guide. This guidebook can be used to tell stories for entertainment, teaching, coaching, healing, or making meaning.

Included here is a wealth of stories, exercises, questions, tips, and insights to guide the reader along the path of storytelling, offering time-tested and trusted ways to improve one’s skills, break through blocks, and become a confident storyteller.

Ashley and Sue share the trials and triumphs of their personal storytelling journeys and what it means to be a storyteller today.

C O N T E N T S:

  • Starting out and First Steps–Nuts and Bolts
  • The Basics and Beyond
  • The Senses
  • Rhythm and Repetition
  • Polarities
  • Temperaments
  • Thresholds
  • Dynamics
  • Gestures
  • Gazes
  • Relating
  • Silence
  • Levels of Language
  • Voice
  • The Deeper Current–Self-Development and Storytelling
  • Quotes
  • Stories
  • Tips
  • Exercises
  • Examples
  • Resources

About the Author

Ashley Ramsden is founding director of the School of Storytelling, the longest established center of its kind in the UK. He has toured with his remarkable storytelling programs on five continents and has appeared at major storytelling festivals in the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and, North America. He is as much at home telling in the Sydney Opera House or alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as he is in a family living room. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim. After living for two years in the U.S., in 1988 he returned to England, where at Emerson College he soon began to host an annual International Storytelling Symposium with storyteller/author Nancy Mellon.

Sue Hollingsworth teach at the International School of Storytelling, founded in 1994 at Emerson College, England. She performs and leads courses worldwide. Sue tells true-life tales, leads wilderness and pilgrimage storywalks, and runs storytelling retreats for women. Her performances of “Along the Way,” “Out of Eden,” and “Conducting the Storm” invite her audience into a new relationship with nature.

Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 0.6 × 9 in





March 2013






Hawthorn Press


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