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Final Hints

By Aaron Shepard

(Tell a Story! ~ Part 4)

Part of the booklet Tell a Story! first published by Simple Productions, Arcata, California, 1990

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Copyright © 1990, 1996 by Aaron Shepard. May be freely copied and shared for any noncommercial purpose as long as no text is altered or omitted.

Here are some ways to go further with storytelling.

See and hear as many good storytellers as you can. You’ll pick up performance techniques, new stories, and general storytelling magic. Storytelling festivals are wonderful events held all over North America and the United Kingdom.

Read folktale collections. You’ll not only find stories to tell, you’ll develop a feel for what makes a folktale. This will help if you want to alter a tale or create a new one.

Take a class. Many colleges, universities, and other organizations sponsor them. This is a fairly “safe” way to begin storytelling, with support and helpful comments.

Join a local storytelling group. Many communities have groups that meet to try out stories or organize performances.

Above all, tell, tell, tell, as often as you can. That’s the best way to learn storytelling!