January 2021 Book Reviews

2021 started with a serious reading month. A number of these books lead to serious reflection and deep thinking. I usually try to spread this kind of reading out with some lighter fiction, but January was just right for hunkering down. So here are notes on a selection of titles in the order that I […]

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Storytelling and Antiracism: Choosing Stories

This blog post is the second in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to read the first post: Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to download your FREE Storytelling & Antiracism summary and reading list. Storytellers do a lot when they tell a story. The storyteller’s voice occupies a space between the story and […]

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Storytelling and Antiracism

This blog post is the first in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to see the whole series: Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to download your FREE Storytelling & Antiracism summary and reading list. Storytelling is one of the most valuable tools in antiracism work. Story is the best way to learn, to […]

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3 ways to find the details that make your story lively

There is nothing like flying into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and looking down and seeing the particular Dutch landscape. As the plane descends over the North Sea, the coastline comes into view and as it flies ever lower, the shapes of fields and cities emerge. If we’re lucky, our flight path goes over Haarlem and I […]

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December 2020 Book Reviews

I read ten books in December. Books are how I rest and recuperate, which is exactly what the end of December called for. The Netherlands went into its first full lockdown just before school let out for the holidays. The first thing we did when they leaked the news was go to the library an […]

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November 2020 Book Reviews

I’m going to ease back into writing this year with my favorite topic, books. Between being a couple months behind and having read a whole lot of good books, this is going to be fun for me. In November, I read a lot of library books and have given away or loaned out others so […]

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Brilliant Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Storyteller

If you’re looking for a brilliant gift for your favorite storyteller, I’ve put this list together for you. If you are your favorite storyteller, kudos for loving you so much and go ahead and share this with your friends and family right away! Since you readers are international, I haven’t included bookshop links, but if […]

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What people really want to learn about story

When I started StoryCraft in 2017, I was excited, thrilled even, to teach people about story structure so they could tell better stories. What I didn’t know then was that people didn’t need story structure, they really wanted to learn something else. My first clue was when clients and workshop participants asked over and over […]

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When a Simple Question Makes You Freeze

You know that thing where you’re in a group and someone asks you something that seems innocent like “where are you from” or invites you to “tell me about yourself” and you just freeze? Yeah, me too. My mind races. I’m trying to analyze my audience, gauge the situation, and figure out how much energy […]

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