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Personal Storytelling Articles

Nothing in modern media can compare to being face to face with a person and feeling that person's heart and soul being poured into the images and action of their stories.
-- Joseph Sobol

There’s all this joy to gathering and telling stories. There’s a whole world of people out there, who still love those quiet arts, those homemade arts.
-- The Moth founder George Dawes Green

Here's professional storyteller Ellouise Schoettler who wants to make sure you tell your stories before it's too late. It's important to be remembered, she says, and there's no better way to do that than through telling your story. Plus, she warns, "If you wait for others to tell your story, they might get it wrong!"

The articles and web sites below describe various uses of personal storytelling, including:

  1. Storytellers Project wins top honors at INMA World Congress USA TODAY (McLean, VA), May 25, 2016

  2. This is your brain on communication TED Conferences (New York, NY), February, 2016

  3. Gannett takes the idea behind Arizona Storytellers Project nationwide Poynter Institute (St. Petersburg, FL), September 15, 2015

  4. Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors Pass Their Stories to a New Generation The New York Times (New York, NY), August 5, 2015

  5. Storytelling event translates the meaning of baseball The Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio), July 8, 2015

  6. Bedtime Stories: Get Bawdy with Hundreds of Friends SF Weekly (San Francisco, CA), January 21, 2015

  7. Storytelling is Now Part of the International Day of Peace Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (New York, NY), October 1, 2014

  8. For emcee, storytelling nights get personal The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), July 1, 2014

  9. Oral Fixation project brings stories by immigrants to stage at the Dallas Museum of Art Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), June 17, 2014

  10. The Tale of Two Schools New York Times Magazine (New York, NY), May 4, 2014

  11. Scientists Study Why Stories Exist Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), April 4, 2014

  12. What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories The Atlantic (Washington, DC), December 2013

  13. The Tin Can Tales Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL), November 14, 2013

  14. Bridging the Gap Between Young, Old Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC), June 12, 2013

  15. NPR's Mobile Storytelling Unit Makes a Stop in Boise Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID), June 11, 2013

  16. The Stories That Bind Us The New York Times (New York, NY), March 15, 2013

  17. The Heart of Storytelling: The American Red Cross Lets Real People Tell Their Stories Co.Create, Fast Company (New York, NY), December 18, 2012

  18. Storyteller Inspires Others to Tell Their Stories Borneo Post Online (Kota Kinabalu, Borneo), December 4, 2012

  19. Sikh Woman Balpreet Kaur Turns Cyber Bullying Incident into Inspiration, September 27, 2012

  20. Porchlight Turns 10 with 2 Nights at Verdi Club SFGate (San Francisco, CA), July 11, 2012

  21. Great Storytelling Advice from Moth Founder George Dawes Green Flavorwire (New York, NY), May 11, 2012

  22. Telling Tales With a Tear and a Smile New York Times (New York, NY), April 4, 2012

  23. Dakota Have Stories to Tell, Culture to Share The Free Press (Mankato, MN), January 8, 2012

  24. Vancouver Island Inuit Storyteller Inspired by Kids The Victoria Times Colonist (Victoria, BC, Canada), November 12, 2011

  25. My Faith: How Storytelling Saved My Life CNN Belief (Atlanta, GA), August 7, 2011

  26. Storytelling Returns to Delhi's Streets BBC News (Delhi, India), April 2, 2011

  27. Our Stories, Ourselves Monitor, a publication of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC), January 2011

  28. Jabberwocky Keeps Stories Flowing: "One Pint at a Time" Nuvo: Indy's alternative voice (Indianapolis, IN), Nov. 3, 2010

  29. All Life's on Stage: Students, Residents Spin True Tales in College Series Addison County Independent (Addison County, VT), April 22, 2010

  30. Listen to This Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (Boston, MA), April 11, 2010

  31. Nothing Helps us Connect More than Storytelling Packet & Times (Orillia, Ontario, Canada), March 22, 2010

  32. New Take on Storytelling Lancaster Guardian (Lancaster, UK), February 11, 2010

  33. Senior Center Invites All: Come and Share Your Stories The Herald of Randolph (Randolph, VT), February 4, 2010

  34. The Moth Gives Storytellers Center Stage Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), December 11, 2009

  35. Story Time The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), November 14, 2009

  36. Taffy Thomas Appointed First Storytelling Laureate The Guardian (Manchester, UK), November 2, 2009

  37. Project Tells the Digital Story of Latino Culture Spartan Daily (San Jose State Universtiy, CA), September 9, 2009

  38. Family Stories as Secret Text for Immigrants The New York Times (New York, NY), March 15, 2009

  39. Life Stories: Children Find Meaning in Old Family Tales Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), March 11, 2009

  40. Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Newsweek (New York, NY), February 16, 2009

  41. Songs of Themselves The New York Times (New York, NY), November 16, 2008

  42. Stand Up and Tell Your Story The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.), October 10, 2008

  43. In StorySlam, Strangers Go on Stage and Bare Their Souls Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, PA), May 5, 2008

  44. Tell Me A Story The Tribeca Trib (New York, NY), May 2, 2008

  45. Cranes at the old Swan Hunter Yard News Guardian (Whitley Bay, England, UK), April 16, 2008

  46. Asian Pacific American Student Association Event Aims to Change Perceptions Daily Trojan (Student Newspaper of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA), March 4, 2008

  47. Mural Will Highlight Oxford History Oxford Press (Oxford, OH), November 16, 2007

  48. Storytelling Can Make a Difference in Conflict The Times of India (New Delhi, India), October 1, 2007

  49. Literacy Project Involves Students, Community The Appalachian (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC), September 13, 2007

  50. One Way to Close Culture Gap? Telling Tales Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), September 6, 2007

  51. StoryCorps Turns Ordinary People into Oral Historians, US Department of State (Washington, DC) , August 21, 2007

  52. Tale of Storytelling The Times of India (Gurgaon, Haryana, India), June 25, 2007

  53. Father’s Day Wit & Wisdom Providence Journal (Providence, RI), June 17, 2007

  54. Stories are Our Greatest Treasure McCook Daily Gazette (McCook, NE), June 4, 2007

  55. Computer Scientists Help Indian Villagers Share Stories Across the Digital Divide Innovations Report (Bad Homburg, Germany), June 4, 2007

  56. Yarn Spinning, in Real Time The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), May 18, 2007

  57. Summer Walkers Take Their Tales on the Road John O'Groat Journal (Thurso, Scotland, UK), May 16, 2007

  58. New 'Starring Role' for Storytellers in Alness Scottish Provincial Press Ltd. (Inverness, Scotland, UK), May 4, 2007

  59. Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories with Youngsters Washington Jewish Week (Rockville, MD), April 18, 2007

  60. Substitute Teacher Tells History Firsthand The New York Times (New York, New York), April 4, 2007

  61. 4-H Adds Storytelling to its Statewide Competitions Troy Messenger (Troy, AL), March 6, 2007

  62. Regis University Hosting Stories from Wartime Speaker Series (Denver, CO), January 10, 2007

  63. Portraits of Life Commemorate Holocaust Goucher College - Quindecim Online (Towson, MD), December 6, 2006

  64. We Can Heal the Wounds The Fiji Times Online (Suva, Fiji), December 3, 2006

  65. Storytelling is Great Tool in Tourism and Reconciliation City Vision (Western Cape, South Africa), November 9, 2006

  66. At 94, Storyteller Tells Her Last Tale to Children Las Vegas Optic (Las Vegas, NV), September 6, 2006

  67. History in the Telling Forest Park Review (Oak Park, IL), August 22, 2006

  68. Veterans' Memories of War Making History The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), August 2, 2006

  69. Making Muskego Memories Live On Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI), July 15, 2006

  70. StoryCorps Wants to Hear Your Tale Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), June 8, 2006

  71. Gathering Local Stories From Residential School Survivors Opinion250 News (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada), March 11, 2006

  72. Latino Vets of WWII Share Stories The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), March 11, 2006

  73. Storyteller Makes a Big Impression on Students Lincoln Journal (Lincolnton, GA), March 9, 2006

  74. Event Offers Peek into Tribal Culture The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), March 7, 2006

  75. The Art of Storytelling Munster Times (Munster,IN), August 1, 2005

  76. Two History Groups Combine Efforts San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA), June 22, 2005

  77. Livestories Cochrane Times (Cochrane, Alberta, CA), April 20, 2005

  78. The Art of Mobile Technology The Boston Globe (Boston, MA), April 18, 2005

  79. BBC Turns Spotlight on Young Arab Women Arab News (Saudi Arabia), February 28, 2005

  80. Festival Shows Everyone Has a Story to Tell Concord Journal (Concord, MA), February 24, 2005

  81. Storytelling Unites Past, Present Norristown Times Herald (Norristown, PA), February 6, 2005

  82. Prayer Breakfast Offers Food for the Soul Green Bay Press Gazette (Green Bay, WI), February 4, 2005

  83. Life Stories Workshops Return to Ki Theatre Rappahannock News (Washington, VA), February 2, 2005

  84. Native American Serves as 'Trail of Tears' Guide Northlake Herald-Journal (Glenview, IL), December 1, 2004

  85. Storytellers Weave Their Yarns at Waipio Festival Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HI), November 19, 2004

  86. Nationwide Celebration of Stories Returns to Juneau Juneau Empire (Juneau, Alaska), November 18, 2004

  87. Kasilof History Finds a Home Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, Alaska), November 17, 2004

  88. U.S. Veterans Day Marked by Release of Vets' Stories National Geographic News (USA), November 11, 2004

  89. Clarinetist Mends Her Heart Through Performing Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, FL), October 20, 2004

  90. Oldest Residents Tell Story of Their Lives The Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA), October 14, 2004

  91. A Martian Tale for Earthlings Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), October 10, 2004

  92. Storytelling Project Seeks Students North County Times (Escondido, CA), October 8, 2004

  93. Scott Countians Tell Stories Digitally Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY), October 6, 2004

  94. North End Tour Stirs Old Memories The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), September 12, 2004

  95. Sharing Stories is Focus of Museum's New Exhibit Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA), September 9, 2004

  96. Telling the Holocaust Story The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel), September 6, 2004

  97. Memories are Powerful Gifts, Meant to be Shared and Savored Ventura County Star (Ventura, CA), August 30, 2004

  98. He's Found Escape in Life and Onstage The Boston Globe, August 27, 2004

  99. Laurie Anderson Offers Work-in-Progress At MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), August 19, 2004

  100. Gullah's Story Worth Telling The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, SC), July 12, 2004

  101. Storytelling Crucible: Students Grab Power of Words by the Tale The Arizona Republic, July 8, 2004

  102. National Museum of the American Indian: Gathering of the Tribes Indian Country Today (Oneida, N.Y.), July 1, 2004

  103. Her Final Story The Reader (Omaha, Nebraska), June 25, 2004

  104. Aims to Spread Storytelling Skills Washington Post, May 17, 2004

  105. Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale; St. Louis Storytelling Festival Turns a New Page St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 29, 2004

  106. Storytelling: Rediscovering Our Fables, Folk Tales and Midwest Heritage Midwest Living, April, 2004

  107. You Can Be a Great Storyteller USA, January 18, 2004

  108. Enter Here: Personal Narrative and Digital Storytelling English Journal (a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English), January, 2004

  109. Time For Once Upon a Time US News & World Report, October 27, 2003

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