Journeying away from ‘Professional Storyteller’

By Limor Shiponi It has happened that I’ve participated more than once in an event outside Israel, where people introduced me as, “please welcome Limor, she’s from Israel and she’s going to tell us Jewish stories”. My immediate inner reaction was, “hell not” which I didn’t speak out loud of course, but went on telling the stories I intended to …

Beware simplified storytelling

By Limor Shiponi Storytelling is getting into the hands of demagogues tapping into individual’s dreams for success, power, riches and happiness. Here are two examples I’ve cropped off twitter today: ‘Power to the people’ attached to ‘how we will control’ with the following hashtags makes one think that storytelling is part of a dominating game one can win through engineering …

What StoryBiz buzzers won’t tell you about storytelling (because they don’t know)

By Limor Shiponi This is it: you can’t learn storytelling through reading books, articles, blogs or tweets. You need to tell stories to people face-to-face for years, say around 7-10 years before you can even call yourself a storyteller, there is no quick-fix, there are no express-benefits. Being a true storyteller and extracting the human glory of this magnificent art …

Missing storytelling on the (wrong) way there

By Limor Shiponi The web is flooded these days with various constellations calling themselves storytelling with an exclamation mark. For the purpose of catching our attention or preferable positioning you’ll find them wrapping the word storytelling with fancy buzz words, fantastic adjectives or cross-breeding desired titles. Reading a wealth of the material, it’s reaching a point where inner contradictions and …

Avatar and the story in storytelling

By Limor Shiponi No, haven’t seen Avatar yet. I will, I want to. Just mentioning it because it creates a perfect example for what I intended to write about in this post – story in storytelling. Going back to an earlier post, the one with the Xes. Here is a quote: …Merriam-Webster. Here is the definition for story …“ the …

If story is X, storytelling is telling X, right?

By Limor Shiponi Now, this post can get so philosophical it can loose contact so I’m going step by step with my arguments. The simple thought would be – if story is X storytelling is telling X. Along this line of thought we could say that cinema is screening X, theater acting X, screenplay writing – writing X for screening …

Serving ‘bread and amusements storytelling’

By Limor Shiponi ‘Bread and amusements’ eventually enslaved the Romans to their barbarian invaders. ‘Bread and amusements storytelling’ can eventually enslave users to their brain invaders. I’m not telling you a new story here. I’m not against technology. I’m against using technology where it causes degeneration. We don’t need to revolutionize the way we tell our stories, we need to …