Story Power

Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
272 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2021
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Author Biography

Kate Farrell, storyteller, author, librarian, founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project and published numerous educational materials on storytelling. She has contributed to and edited award-winning anthologies of personal narrative, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, and Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence. Farrell's award-winning new book, is a timely, how-to guide on the art of storytelling for adults, Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories. Kate is offers virtual workshops for libraries and writing groups, as well as performing virtually as a storyteller.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories by Kate Farrell is an ideal resource to help craft your own story. This how-to guide delves into the art of storytelling and encourages others to share their individual stories. The art of telling stories is highlighted to show the importance of how we as humans relate to stories. This book is for anyone in need of telling a good story, whether for your business presentation, communication, sharing, or writing. This book shares various advice, techniques, and exercises that will help inspire, teach, and guide. This will guide you towards discovering your authentic style of storytelling, thanks to the wisdom and advice shared by twenty writers. Woven throughout are examples and prompts along with tips for telling your story, creating your personal branding story. Also included are organizers, seven steps to storytelling, and personal stories.

Kate Farrell creates a female-driving resource to guide women to find their own stories. The resource stems from the desire humans have to tell their personal stories and comes from the idea that our narratives have therapeutic potential. While serving as a writing guide, it also acts as a reminder to be true to ourselves and honest about where we've been and what we have done in our lives. This unique resource is from the perspective that believes in the power of telling our true stories (significantly seen in the #MeToo movement) and delves into the meaningful connections that humans make. Telling unforgettable stories will feel easy after reading the advice various contributors give in this book. Each contributor shares their secrets for how they tell memorable tales. Stories define us, and Story Power embodies the power storytelling has to help everyone discover themselves and better the ways they communicate with others. Story Power is a well-organized book with chapters broken down into popular themes, storytelling delivery, and the rich heritage of folklore. Farrell has organized the book via tools to help navigate the resource with creating, crafting, telling, and exercises. This resource encourages the importance of developing your style and how to tailor your content and structure to fit your delivery and style.

The seven steps to storytelling provide comfort in how you tell your own story by allowing you to feel confident in it. The advice includes tips such as using the idea of a journey to create the narrative arc, exercises such as character benchmarks, exercises for family folklore, encouragement to write even for those that don't believe they can, and understanding legacies that are negative and positive. Discover how to tell your story in Story Power, which acts as a guide for finding your voice as a storyteller through the advice, prompts, and tips shared by incredible contributors.