Your Story Well Told
Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience
“Abraham Joshua Heschel, the great theologian, once suggested that a ma-aseh, a story is an event when the heart surprises the head. Corey Rosen is a master raconteur and impresario; he has given us a manual for distilling, limning and, finally, sharing the stuff of life so that it touches hearts.”―Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of over a dozen books on spirituality and a novel and the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco
“Corey Rosen's book is a great resource. I know I will return to it again and again for ideas, inspiration, and entertainment.” ―Samantha Harris, cohost of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight and author of Your Healthiest Healthy
“I believe you should read this book cover to cover and trust in Corey as your storytelling coach because of his twenty plus years of dedication to story mastery as a performer and a teacher. This book is his life's work. The greatest thing I believe Corey's book can do for you is to give you the confidence to believe your stories are worth developing and sharing. Maybe one day you'll be sitting in a theater, watching your story as a movie, or perhaps you'll be on stage, holding people in the palm of your hands with three stories you're unfolding in the petal structure. The key is to believe in yourself.”
―Patrick Combs, writer, director, and star of Man 1, Bank 0
“Everyone is a storyteller, it’s how we communicate, make friends and go through life. But few of us would dare to tell a story in public for fear that it has to be a ‘good’ story. Corey’s book demystifies everything. His book will help everyone have the confidence to share their story with the world. And the more we hear each other’s stories the better we’ll understand each other. Get this book and give it to your kids and yourself.”
―William Hall, cofounder of BATS Improv. and author/editor of The Playbook, Improv Games for Performers
A story is only great if you know how to tell it, and this book tells you how to tell it!
2021 International Book Awards: Finalist
Laugh out loud as you learn the secrets to making your ordinary stories extraordinary! This must-read handbook covers every situation from perfecting a prepared piece to "winging it" and going completely off-script. In Your Story, Well Told, The Moth veteran and master teacher Corey Rosen inspires you to tell your story.
Using his secret storytelling techniques drawn from decades in improvisational theatre, Rosen has created a totally accessible guide for all ages and skill levels. Jam-packed with simple techniques, examples, and exercises, this manual gives creatives (and un-creatives) the confidence bump they need to make that sale, land that client, give that toast, and impress that date. Who knows? Maybe even all at the same time!
The best storytelling uses improvisation to enthrall, entertain, and keep audiences on edge. Laugh along with tales of performance triumphs (and disasters) and explore ways to tell your story with confidence and spontaneity. From brainstorming and development to performance and memorization techniques, you’ll learn how to tell a good story with:
Foolproof structures and editing approaches that bring out your best tales
Easy improv exercises to stimulate creativity without feeling foolish
Fun lessons to find the best part of your stories
Resources for putting on your own showcase to tell your story
If you’re ready to sell the story straight or enjoyed books like Stories That Stick, Long Story Short, or Storyworthy, then you’ll love Your Story, Well Told!