The Storytelling Code: 10 Simple Rules to Shape and Tell a Brilliant Story (Paperback)

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Unlock the tales within you—unleash the power of storytelling

Everyone loves a good story—but how do you turn a fun anecdote into one for the books? Whether you're hoping to impress others during a job interview, trying out stand-up, or giving a hilarious wedding speech, The Storytelling Code provides step-by-step help on crafting your narrative, as well as simple exercises to put those public speaking skills into practice.

Master the art of storytelling using 10 easy-to-follow rules to help you shape your story and share it confidently. Humorous advice will give you the courage to tell stories in your everyday life, and the unique exercises will demonstrate how to set a goal for each tale, gather the best materials, keep your audience engaged, and more.

The Storytelling Code includes:
  • Tell-tale heart—Release your inner storyteller using 10 easy-to-follow rules, including advice for identifying a narrative goal, shaping a plot, and more.
  • Gift of gab—Find the confidence to go live through courage-building tips that make sure you're capturing and connecting with your audience.
  • Pen to paper—Get those creative writing juices flowing with fill-in writing prompts and insightful checklists to prep you for everyday storytelling situations.

Make every story mic drop-worthy with The Storytelling Code.

About the Author

Dana Norris is the founder of Story Club, a national nonfiction storytelling show. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and an MA in Religious Studies. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Tampa Review, TriQuarterly Online, the RISK! podcast, WCPN Cleveland, and more. Learn more about Dana at

Praise For…

“Dana Norris's true passion for writing and storytelling is on display in this book. The Storytelling Code contains useful and valuable tools for any writer.” —Brigid Murphy, creator of Shortcut to the Soul: Unlocking Your Creative Voice Through Autobiographical Writing

“The first time I ever heard a person tell a story, Dana Norris was at the front of the audience. After experiencing Dana’s storytelling, I wanted to try it. Now I’ve been telling stories on stages all over the country for more than 10 years. Thank you Dana for distilling your insights in The Storytelling Code.” —Shannon Cason, host of Homemade Stories, The Trouble, and In Good Co. Detroit podcasts

“This book is immensely helpful! It's chock-full of surefire, practical nuts-and-bolts techniques for crafting compelling and engaging stories. Dana Norris shares a lifetime of wisdom gained in sharing stories, and we're all the better for it!” —Kevin Allison, host and producer of Risk! live show and podcast
Product Details
ISBN: 9781641524711
ISBN-10: 1641524715
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 124
Language: English