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March 15, 2013

Everybody Loves A Story

Yes, it's true, everybody seems to love a good story. Political, social and and religious leaders have used stories for millennia.

A good story...

…has a clear point, holds a listener’s attention and is memorable. Being relevant and interesting across centuries and cultures is the mark of a true master storyteller.

I can’t say how eternal or memorable these stories are, but here are some I thought you’d find interesting. These are primarily from the school where I teach. In fact if you dig a little into the website, you’ll be able to read – and listen to – some of my stories. You can start here - http://goodstoriesforgoodlearning.org/index.php..

And if you want something a bit deeper, with some historic background on the power and history of storytelling, particularly why fairy tales are not just for children, take a look here - http://www.onbeing.org/program/the-great-cauldron-of-story-maria-tatar-on-why-fairy-tales-are-for-adults-again/5073.

If you have a travel related story to tell, you might want to send it to - HEMISPHERES MAGAZINE - http://www.hemispheresmagazine.com/talk-to-us/.

Here’s an excerpt from the website;

"Hemispheres, the inflight magazine of United Airlines. We’re after a great narrative that will immerse our readers. The story should have a strong sense of place or destination, though traveling should not necessarily be its focus. The stories can be profiles of newsmakers, cultural figures, authors, artists, designers, inventors or explorers. We’re also after cinematic, adventurous general interest stories that transport the reader to a faraway place that he may never visit himself. Other columns available and described at website. 500 to 3,000 words paying 50 cents/word and up."

And if you have a spooky story to tell, consider sending it to THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION -http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php.

The competition is open now, to all English-speaking writers at the age of 16 or over. There's a first prize of £500, and a second prize of £100; both winners will also be published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. Entries should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. Deadline May 31, 2013. Winners will be announced in July 2013.

"'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome, so feel free to experiment."

Some of these stories play with word sounds, meanings or their context. Either way, they all play with the idea of words colliding or conflicting with their expected use or meaning.


Also, Morf just might be available to visit your school or agency this coming September. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com. He's always interested in talking about words, films, music and American culture in general.

Posted by mmorf at March 15, 2013 09:41 PM


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Posted by: johnny at March 17, 2013 04:37 PM

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