Storytelling Techniques

Storytelling Techniques for Writers

If you are trying to get published, stronger stories means better results. Too often, writers overlook the basics of storytelling – even though these methods have been used by generations of successful authors to win major literary awards and legions of fans.

This presentation look at three basic components of what makes a story appealing, effective, and memorable.

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What makes a work of fiction come alive and become appealing? How do you create empathy and engagement in readers (including agents & editors), especially using classical tricks of the storytelling trade?

We’ll focus on specific techniques, often overlooked or misunderstood, that will make your fiction more marketable and likable.

The storytelling techniques are those used by literary greats – from Shakespeare, Dickens, and Mark Twain to Willa Cather, E.B. White, and James Thurber to modern masters of storytelling.

This guide draws on the author’s decades of experience in the book trade, editing and publishing novels.

The session will provide specific guidance on the elements of story structure and techniques, with exercises to help you learn how to craft better fiction (or nonfiction) and increase the likelihood of seeing your work published, read, and enjoyed.


Presentations range from a 1-hour talk to a several-hour workshop. The longer session allows time for writing exercises and in-depth exploration of great writing approaches.

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