An exposition of fractured stories, of the strategies for fracturing them and inspired variations to choose from when an old story may benefit from a makeover and new life.
About the Author
Jeri Burns, Ph.D. and Barry Marshall, The Storycrafters, perform and teach nationally and internationally as The Storycrafters. In addition to their work in schools, libraries, conferences and festivals, they are healing storytellers at Stamford Hospital Psychiatric Unit and former adjunct college faculty at Southern Ct. State University. Jeri is adjunct faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz, communication coach for public defenders at New York State Defenders’ Institute, and public radio essayist. Barry is sound engineer/producer of various storytellers’ recordings, including those of The Storycrafters. In addition to their award-winning recordings and radio show, The Storycrafters have been recognized with The National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Oracle Award and the Cayman Islands’ Gold Star Award for Creativity in the Arts. They live in New York’s Hudson Valley with their son Zack, their most treasured creation.
“Absolutely brimming with practical ideas for every aspect of story work, this book presents a remarkable number of ways to twist a story and each is clearly presented in a step-by-step process that teachers, students and every type of storyteller can employ to create, write or perform. The many examples and side-bars are particularly helpful" — Beth Horner, former librarian at Yale University and NSN Circle of Excellence Oracle Award Recipient
“‘How do they DO that?’ … Wonders anyone who has ever heard the Storycrafters tell their twisted tales in concert. This book provides the answer, taking you deep into their storytwisting magic, peeling back the layers of thought, research, creativity and craft that produce their entrancing and thought-provoking stories. Jeri and Barry explore their process step by step, illustrated with clear and relevant examples that will inspire many a twisted tale! This is a generous gift to storytellers, teachers, and lovers of story.” — Sherry Norfolk, storyteller and co-author of Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom
“Award winning tandem storytellers Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall invite you into their artful world of “storytwisting” and share their secrets for storytelling success. Carefully researched and deeply personal, this is an educational masterpiece designed for anyone who loves storytelling.” — Dr. Gwendolyn Nowlan, professor emeritus of Library and Information Science & founder of the Graduate Program in the Art of the Oral Tradition at Southern CT State University