Pub Day for Story Power!

Check out this post by Kate Farrell author of Story Power

June 16th was the launch day for Story Power, a long awaited moment for a centuries’ old tradition. Yet our new age is reinventing storytelling in its own way. We are reaching into our own experience to find wisdom in personal narratives and sharing our stories live, in person, or on our “new normal” virtual platforms.

It’s an exciting time for storytelling! We are anxious to hear from one another, to listen with a new understanding of the power of each person’s life stories. We need to listen to one another NOW, more than ever.

Here’s how:

Stories are everywhere. The art of storytelling has been around as long as humans have. And in today’s noisy, techy, automated world, storytelling is not only prevalent—it’s vital. Whether you’re interested in enlivening conversation, building your business brand, sharing family wisdom, or performing on stage, Story Power will show you how to make use of a good story.

Become an Engaging Storyteller. Storytelling is the most effective way to communicate and to affect change—if you know how to use it. 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.

Learn from the Experts. Story Power is an engaging, lively guide to the art of storytelling from author and librarian Kate Farrell, a seasoned storyteller and founder of the Word Weaving Storytelling Project. In Kate’s book, more than twenty skillful contributors with a range of diverse voices share their secrets to creating, crafting, and telling memorable tales.

If you want to experience the power of storytelling in your life, Story Power is for you. In this book, discover:

  • How to share your own coming-of-age stories and family folklore
  • The importance of a personal branding story and storytelling marketing
  • Seven Steps to Storytelling, along with helpful tools, organizers, and media options

Read the entire the book all the way through, or pick and choose from those chapters that most interest you. Chapters One, Two, and Three contain popular themes, three in each chapter, and are developed in depth. These three chapters follow a similar format and use icons to indicate each skill, illustrated through story samples. Chapter Four has storytelling delivery as its focus and can be applied to all story types. Chapter Five explores the rich heritage of folklore and how it might influence your personal stories and style.

Creating Icon

This icon signals story selection, the creative process, and is located through the book. It might appear next to the model story for that theme, or with a contributing storyteller’s tips. If you are most interested in that part of the art, peruse the book for this icon.

Crafting Icon

Crafting a story from raw experience is a precise process. This icon will guide you through the various ways that all the storytellers have honed their personal stories, along with an interpretive commentary. This section also includes a further deepening of story subtext in the discussion, Layers of  Meaning.

Telling Icon

Preparing to tell a story is as important as its delivery. Preparation is discussed in the first three chapters, while the Seven Steps to delivery are fully delineated in Chapter Five, with graphic organizers.

Exercises & Prompts
All chapters contain prompts and exercises. Each chapter develops another aspect of the art of storytelling through its various themes. By participating in many of these story starters and exercises, you will find the tale types and stories that most define you. In doing so, you will not only find your authentic storytelling voice, but your essential truths.


Story Power by Kate Farrell

Story power

Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories

Stories are everywhere. The art of storytelling has been around as long as humans have. And in today’s noisy, techy, automated world, storytelling is not only prevalent—it’s vital. Whether you’re interested in enlivening conversation, building your business brand, sharing family wisdom, or performing on stage, Story Power will show you how to make use of a good story.