Story Power Anniversary

Kate Farrell’s marvelous book, Story Power, turns one today- let’s celebrate the anniversary with her.

Kate Farrell, author, Brenda Knight, publisher, September 2019 at SFWC Writing for Change

At the stroke of midnight, June 16, 2020, Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories was released to retail book markets and launched into a world different from one a book had ever experienced before: closed bookstores and libraries, cancelled book festivals. Yet Story Power did find readers and storytellers in virtual spaces and through online marketing.

In spite of the incredible restrictions of the pandemic that shut down live literary events, this storytelling book was a success!

-Sold hundreds of copies in print and eBook
-Won a Chanticleer Book Award for Instruction & Insight, Semi-finalist
-Won an Indie Book Award for Writing/Publishing, Winner!
-Featured in virtual events, podcasts, storytelling shows and workshops

Now, I’m excited to begin Story Power’s second year with the promise of live storytelling events and workshops. In fact, I can hardly wait to share this book and the spoken word art of storytelling in 2021 and beyond.

It all began with a dream. For years my passion project has been sharing the oral tradition, the ancient art of storytelling. But in my retirement as a librarian from San Francisco schools in 2018, how could I pursue my passion? It seemed impossible.

Until I talked to Brenda Knight, dream maker, risk taker, and associate publisher for Mango Publishing.

With her belief in the transformative power of storytelling and in my ability to write about it, I dusted off my keyboard and rekindled my passions. At my advanced age of 78, you might say? But Brenda didn’t question my age, even though I might. After all, the first book I wrote on the art of storytelling, Word Weaving: A Storytelling Workbook, was archived in the San Francisco Public Library’s historical collection, published in 1980.

It is due to Brenda’s vision that I have come full circle in my love of the art, a fabulous gift. And it is due to the wonderful, twenty-two contributors to the book who brought storytelling to life on the page with a diversity of voices. It’s been a thrill to join some on the virtual stage to tell our stories of adventure, family, romance, and history.

Thanks to the Mango Publishing team for continuing to support this award-winning book in challenging times! I’ve enjoyed the esprit de corps at Mango and with fellow Mango authors and storytellers who’ve cheered one another on.

Do you have a story to tell? Read more at: https://katefarrell.net/


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.