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The Power of Stories

“You won’t believe what just happened to me…” Everyone loves a story from legends, myths, fairytales, folklore, parables, allegories and fables, to a yarn or a funny anecdote. We tell and listen to stories all the time. When we recount something or listen to someone else’s tales, we are engaging in storytelling. Oral, visual or written, from the intensely personal to the symbolic, stories have the power to captivate and enthral.

We explore what makes a good story, why we tell them and how we tell them.

Why do we create stories?

Storytelling is crucial to our individual, communal and cultural identity. Story is learning, celebrating, healing and remembering. It can mark a life, enrich individual emotional and cultural development and assist in making sense of our world.  

How do we create stories?

What makes a story a story? A story is a narrative, a tale, a report or an account. Most importantly, it is told to make a point. There are many different ways to tell a story.

This section explores some examples of powerful narrative and compelling storytelling. 

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