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Storytellers Throughout History

by Kendra Bonnett on February 3, 2012

Story #6 – Women’s Memoirs, StoryMap: The Neverending Writing PromptTM – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

I’ve become fascinated with storytelling, and as I think about it, I believe it’s an art form I come to naturally. Although cave art is at least 60,000 years old (the oldest evidence being some ochre paint found in a rock shelter in northern Australia), it’s the oral tradition that’s usually considered our earliest form of storytelling.

I’ve been telling stories almost since I could talk. I used to sit in the backseat of my parent’s car and entertain myself by telling stories.

Sometimes I drove my mother to the point of distraction with my incessant talking. Finally, she’d say…“Kendra, stop talking for 10 minutes.”

Rather than immediately obey, I’d have to ask, “Why?”

“Just because.” She always stopped short of adding, “…because I said so.” I think she used to say something like, “I just need you to be quiet for a little while.”

I’d usually shrug my shoulders and go off in search of someone else to talk with…someone else to wear out with my stories and questions.

1870 painting, The Boyhood of Raleigh, by John Everett Millais: A young Sir Walter Raleigh and his brother listening to a sailor's tales.

1870 painting, The Boyhood of Raleigh, by John Everett Millais: A young Sir Walter Raleigh and his brother listening to a sailor's tales.

So this morning I started thinking about the history of storytelling, and decided to make a list of examples. Here’s what I came up with. If any of you think of something I missed, please add it in the comments.

  • Aesop’s FablesWhile the true origin of these ancient Greek tales (c. 300 BCE) is in question, tradition attributes them to a slave storyteller named Aesop. Like “The Tortoise and the Hare,” most are animal stories with a strong moral message. [click to continue…]

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Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 5)

by Kendra BonnettDecember 9, 2011
Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 5)

Welcome to Five Points, OK, which will inspire you to push your creativity to new levels. And have fun in the process. Thanks to StoryMap: The Neverending Writing Prompt you can have fun writing, building your writing skills and breaking writer’s block forever.

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Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 4)

by Kendra BonnettDecember 8, 2011
Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 4)

Welcome to Five Points, OK, which will inspire you to push your creativity to new levels. And have fun in the process. Thanks to StoryMap: The Neverending Writing Prompt you can have fun writing, building your writing skills and breaking writer’s block forever.

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Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 3)

by Kendra BonnettDecember 6, 2011
Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 3)

Welcome to Five Points, OK, which will inspire you to push your creativity to new levels. And have fun in the process. Thanks to StoryMap: The Neverending Writing Prompt you can have fun writing, building your writing skills and breaking writer’s block forever.

Read the full article →

Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 2)

by Kendra BonnettDecember 6, 2011
Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon (Part 2)

Welcome to Five Points, OK, which will inspire you to push your creativity to new levels. And have fun in the process. Thanks to StoryMap: The Neverending Writing Prompt you can have fun writing, building your writing skills and breaking writer’s block forever.

Read the full article →

Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon

by Kendra BonnettDecember 5, 2011
Five Points, OK: Snow Moon, No Moon

Welcome to Five Points, OK, which will inspire you to push your creativity to new levels. And have fun in the process. Thanks to StoryMap: The Neverending Writing Prompt you can have fun writing, building your writing skills and breaking writer’s block forever.

Read the full article →

Memoir News: Black Friday Prices on Memoir Gifts — Good Through Midnight Saturday

by Matilda ButlerNovember 24, 2011
Memoir News: Black Friday Prices on Memoir Gifts — Good Through Midnight Saturday

Women’s Memoirs announces our first-ever Black Friday sale of gifts for memoir writers. Special prices on our two-day sale (Friday and Saturday only) are announced. Some items are in limited supply. Be sure to order early.

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