A Seminal Guide to Remixing, Fracturing, and Twisting Stories
“Storytwisting is a brilliant piece of work. Read this book, any chapter in this book. You will suddenly find yourself creating astonishing new tales, spinning diamonds out of kelp, and morphing mountains into molehills!”
—Willy Claflin, storyteller, author, and National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award Recipient
“Concise and evocative, Storytwisting challenges this traditional
teller to look at stories differently. The authors not only provide teaching aids, but speak to the meaning of stories, both culturally and ethically. All this wisdom—combined with simple fun in making stories that excite contemporary audiences of all ages—delivers a must-read for storytellers ready to engage their imaginations to create lively stories.”
—Dorothy Cleveland, co-author, Beyond the Sword Maiden: A Storyteller’s Introduction to the Heroine’s Journey
‘‘The authors, who perform together as ‘The Storycrafters,’ are the balloon artists of the American Storytelling Revival. They take an ordinary story, stretch it, fill it, and turn it into a work of art. This generous book illuminates their method, offering something for everyone: students, teachers, scholars, and storytellers. But to get the best of this book, add your own imagination. Read aloud the many excellently twisted stories included here, then spin the dial. Jeri and Barry give you all the tools you need to ‘do the twist.’”
—David Novak, storyteller, National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award recipient, instructor, East TN State University’s Graduate Storytelling Program.
Hardback • $29.95 • 978-1-62491-096-8
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250 Pages @ 7” x 10”
E-book • $18.99 • 978-1-62491-098-2
Jeri Burns, Ph.D. and Barry Marshall, The Storycrafters, perform and teach nationally and internationally as The Storycrafters. In addition to their work in schools, libraries, conferences and festivals, they are healing storytellers at Stamford Hospital Psychiatric Unit and former adjunct college faculty at Southern Ct. State University. Jeri is adjunct faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz, communication coach for public defenders at New York State Defenders’ Institute, and public radio essayist. Barry is sound engineer/producer of various storytellers’ recordings, including those of The Storycrafters.
In addition to their award-winning recordings and radio show, The Storycrafters have been recognized with The National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Oracle Award and the Cayman Islands’ Gold Star Award for Creativity in the Arts. They live in New York’s Hudson Valley with their son Zack, their most treasured creation.
Photo by Zack Marshall