The urge to share our experiences is among the most primal of human impulses.

If only the craft of storytelling was as spontaneous as the drive to trade tales around the campfire.

In college, a friend taught me a trick for saving a bad story. Every time an anecdote falls flat, add: And then I found 20 bucks.

I certainly use the line, but I don’t want to tell flat stories in need of salvation. I began to dissect the work of writers, directors, painters, seamstresses and even marketers. I became fascinated not with the what but also the how.

The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work.

          – Ira Glass on storytelling

Starting on July 10th, 22 of us will be adding to our volume of work in a Story Crafting Practicum.

Soul to Substance: The wedding necklace and what I learned about trust

Epheriell Designs: I am an accidental entrepreneur

Redline Design: Storytelling and Creativity

Everlasting Present: A Story on Just Starting

The Mindful Drawer: What’s the story?

elSage Designs: The Story of elSage Designs

Laura C. George, Fear

Inna Aizenshtein, Forget to Fail

Perched to Fly, Holding Your Dreams When You Lose Your Grip

Brising Beads, Damn it Necklaces

Elizabeth Floyd: How blogging helped me see myself as an artist

Harriet’s Hidden Blog: How I got into this crazy thing

Better Late than Never: My story

Show & Tell: The Story of a Small Town Girl

Traveling with the Jones: A Girl, A Guy and their Travel Love Story

My Edible Eden: Another Metaphoric Beginning

Me and the Boss


Aug 1: Me! I’ll wrap up the hop.

Would you like to join us?

If you didn’t sign up, you can still get involved.

Join the Story Crafting Practicum on August 1. I will add links to anyone who joins me in sharing a story on that day.

The parameters are simple — and incredibly important.

1. Choose from one of the following prompts and post the story to your website or blog.

  1. Your origin story. How did you start doing whatever it is you’re doing now?
  2. The tale of the delighted customer (or reader if you’re a blogger without a product).
  3. What you overcame.
  4. What you learned along the way.
  5. How you did it.

2. This should go without saying, but your story must be true.

3. Have fun! 

Not sure how to get started?

Following are links to three videos from some of the most masterful storytellers working today.

I’ll be linking a weekly round-up of the stories on my blog. Sign up for updates and get to know the tribe!