Developing as a Storyteller

Posted on: September 9, 2014

6855538268_f311ebf7a1_oYesterday on the blog, we shared Phoebe Zerwick’s special report, Fleeing SyriaHer stories went beyond just the facts and figures, but rather, she was able to capture the stories of the land, the history, and the people that she met along the way.

Nieman Storyboard recently posted an article about how to find your inner storyteller. Author Tom Huang lists 5 ways to develop your storyteller eye and heart.


  1. “Immerse yourself in other story forms – movies, comic books, songs, short stories, poems, plays, operas. Pay attention to the choices the storytellers make.”
  2. “Shadow a photojournalist and watch how they capture pivotal moments.”
  3. “Visit a day care center and a nursing home. The young and the elderly can be difficult to write about, and you’ll need to adapt your interviewing skills and know that quiet observation is key.”
  4. “Travel abroad. Venturing into an unfamiliar place opens the storyteller’s eyes.”
  5. “Stay away from your phone (or any screen) for a little while. You will begin to see stories all around you.”

Do you agree with his list? What would you add? What stories do you have to tell?

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