Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.  Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.
The term "storytelling" can refer in a narrow sense specifically to oral storytelling and also in a looser sense to techniques used in other media to unfold or disclose the narrative of a story.
Storytelling, intertwined with the development of mythologies,  predates writing. The earliest forms of storytelling were usually oral, combined with gestures and expressions.[ citation needed] Some archaeologists[ which?] believe that rock art, in addition to a role in religious rituals, may have served as a form of storytelling for many[ quantify] ancient cultures.  The Australian aboriginal people painted symbols which also appear in stories on cave walls as a means of helping the storyteller remember the story. The story was then told using a combination of oral narrative, music, rock art and dance, which bring understanding and meaning to human existence through the remembrance and enactment of stories. [ page needed] People have used the carved trunks of living trees and ephemeral media (such as sand and leaves) to record folktales in pictures or with writing.[ citation needed] Complex forms of tattooing may also represent stories, with information about genealogy, affiliation and social status. 
Folktales often share common motifs and themes, suggesting possible basic psychological similarities across various human cultures. Other stories, notably fairy tales, appear to have spread from place to place, implying memetic appeal and popularity.
Groups of originally oral tales can coalesce over time into story cycles (like the Arabian Nights), cluster around mythic heroes (like King Arthur), and develop into the narratives of the deeds of the gods and saints of various religions.  The results can be episodic (like the stories about Anansi), epic (as with Homeric tales), inspirational (note the tradition of vitae) and/or instructive (as in many Buddhist or Christian scriptures).
With the advent of writing and the use of stable, portable media, storytellers recorded, transcribed and continued to share stories over wide regions of the world. Stories have been carved, scratched, painted, printed or inked onto wood or bamboo, ivory and other bones, pottery, clay tablets, stone, palm-leaf books, skins (parchment), bark cloth, paper, silk, canvas and other textiles, recorded on film and stored electronically in digital form. Oral stories continue to be created, improvisationally by impromptu and professional storytellers, as well as committed to memory and passed from generation to generation, despite the increasing popularity of written and televised media in much of the world.
Modern storytelling has a broad purview. In addition to its traditional forms ( fairytales, folktales, mythology, legends, fables etc.), it has extended itself to representing history, personal narrative, political commentary and evolving cultural norms. Contemporary storytelling is also widely used to address educational objectives.  New forms of media are creating new ways for people to record, express and consume stories.  Tools for asynchronous group communication can provide an environment for individuals to reframe or recast individual stories into group stories.  Games and other digital platforms, such as those used in interactive fiction or interactive storytelling, may be used to position the user as a character within a bigger world. Documentaries, including interactive web documentaries, employ storytelling narrative techniques to communicate information about their topic.  Self-revelatory stories, created for their cathartic and therapeutic effect, are growing in their use and application, as in Psychodrama, Drama Therapy and Playback Theatre.  Storytelling is also used as a means by which to precipitate psychological and social change in the practice of transformative arts.   
Some people also make a case for different narrative forms being classified as storytelling in the contemporary world. For example, digital storytelling, online and dice-and-paper-based role-playing games. In traditional role-playing games, storytelling is done by the person who controls the environment and the non-playing fictional characters, and moves the story elements along for the players as they interact with the storyteller. The game is advanced by mainly verbal interactions, with dice roll determining random events in the fictional universe, where the players interact with each other and the storyteller. This type of game has many genres, such as sci-fi and fantasy, as well as alternate-reality worlds based on the current reality, but with different setting and beings such as werewolves, aliens, daemons, or hidden societies. These oral-based role-playing games were very popular in the 1990s among circles of youth in many countries before computer and console-based online MMORPG's took their place. Despite the prevalence of computer-based MMORPGs, the dice-and-paper RPG still has a dedicated following.
This section needs additional citations for verification. (March 2011)
Oral traditions of storytelling are found in several civilisations; they predate the printed and online press. Storytelling was used to explain natural phenomena, bards told stories of creation and developed a pantheon of gods and myths. Oral stories passed from one generation to the next and storytellers were regarded as healers, leaders, spiritual guides, teachers, cultural secrets keepers and entertainers. Oral storytelling came in various forms including songs, poetry, chants and dance. 
Albert Bates Lord examined oral narratives from field transcripts of Yugoslav oral bards collected by Milman Parry in the 1930s, and the texts of epics such as the Odyssey.  Lord found that a large part of the stories consisted of text which was improvised during the telling process.
Lord identified two types of story vocabulary. The first he called "formulas": " Rosy-fingered Dawn", " the wine-dark sea" and other specific set phrases had long been known of in Homer and other oral epics. Lord, however, discovered that across many story traditions, fully 90% of an oral epic is assembled from lines which are repeated verbatim or which use one-for-one word substitutions. In other words, oral stories are built out of set phrases which have been stockpiled from a lifetime of hearing and telling stories.
The other type of story vocabulary is theme, a set sequence of story actions that structure a tale. Just as the teller of tales proceeds line-by-line using formulas, so he proceeds from event-to-event using themes. One near-universal theme is repetition, as evidenced in Western folklore with the " rule of three": Three brothers set out, three attempts are made, three riddles are asked. A theme can be as simple as a specific set sequence describing the arming of a hero, starting with shirt and trousers and ending with headdress and weapons. A theme can be large enough to be a plot component. For example: a hero proposes a journey to a dangerous place / he disguises himself / his disguise fools everybody / except for a common person of little account (a crone, a tavern maid or a woodcutter) / who immediately recognizes him / the commoner becomes the hero's ally, showing unexpected resources of skill or initiative. A theme does not belong to a specific story, but may be found with minor variation in many different stories.
The story was described by Reynolds Price, when he wrote:
A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens – second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths. 
In contemporary life, people will seek to fill "story vacuums" with oral and written stories. "In the absence of a narrative, especially in an ambiguous and/or urgent situation, people will seek out and consume plausible stories like water in the desert. It is our innate nature to connect the dots. Once an explanatory narrative is adopted, it's extremely hard to undo," whether or not it is true. 
Märchen, loosely translated as " fairy tale(s)" or little stories, take place in a kind of separate "once-upon-a-time" world of nowhere-in-particular, at an indeterminate time in the past. They are clearly not intended to be understood as true. The stories are full of clearly defined incidents, and peopled by rather flat characters with little or no interior life. When the supernatural occurs, it is presented matter-of-factly, without surprise. Indeed, there is very little effect, generally; bloodcurdling events may take place, but with little call for emotional response from the listener.[ citation needed]
Sagen, translated as " legends", are supposed to have actually happened, very often at a particular time and place, and they draw much of their power from this fact. When the supernatural intrudes (as it often does), it does so in an emotionally fraught manner. Ghost and Lovers' Leap stories belong in this category, as do many UFO stories and stories of supernatural beings and events.[ citation needed]
Another important examination of orality in human life is Walter J. Ong's Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (1982). Ong studies the distinguishing characteristics of oral traditions, how oral and written cultures interact and condition one another, and how they ultimately influence human epistemology.
Storytelling is a means for sharing and interpreting experiences. Peter L. Berger says human life is narratively rooted, humans construct their lives and shape their world into homes in terms of these groundings and memories. Stories are universal in that they can bridge cultural, linguistic and age-related divides. Storytelling can be adaptive for all ages, leaving out the notion of age segregation.[ citation needed] Storytelling can be used as a method to teach ethics, values and cultural norms and differences.  Learning is most effective when it takes place in social environments that provide authentic social cues about how knowledge is to be applied.  Stories function as a tool to pass on knowledge in a social context. So, every story has 3 parts. First, The setup (The Hero's world before the adventure starts). Second, The Confrontation (The hero's world turned upside down). Third, The Resolution (Hero conquers villain, but it's not enough for Hero to survive. The Hero or World must be transformed). Any story can be framed in such format.
Human knowledge is based on stories and the human brain consists of cognitive machinery necessary to understand, remember and tell stories.  Humans are storytelling organisms that both individually and socially, lead storied lives.  Stories mirror human thought as humans think in narrative structures and most often remember facts in story form. Facts can be understood as smaller versions of a larger story, thus storytelling can supplement analytical thinking. Because storytelling requires auditory and visual senses from listeners, one can learn to organize their mental representation of a story, recognize structure of language and express his or her thoughts. 
Stories tend to be based on experiential learning, but learning from an experience is not automatic. Often a person needs to attempt to tell the story of that experience before realizing its value. In this case, it is not only the listener who learns, but the teller who also becomes aware of his or her own unique experiences and background.  This process of storytelling is empowering as the teller effectively conveys ideas and, with practice, is able to demonstrate the potential of human accomplishment. Storytelling taps into existing knowledge and creates bridges both culturally and motivationally toward a solution.
Stories are effective educational tools because listeners become engaged and therefore remember. Storytelling can be seen as a foundation for learning and teaching. While the storylistener is engaged, they are able to imagine new perspectives, inviting a transformative and empathetic experience.  This involves allowing the individual to actively engage in the story as well as observe, listen and participate with minimal guidance.  Listening to a storyteller can create lasting personal connections, promote innovative problem solving and foster a shared understanding regarding future ambitions.  The listener can then activate knowledge and imagine new possibilities. Together a storyteller and listener can seek best practices and invent new solutions. Because stories often have multiple layers of meanings, listeners have to listen closely to identify the underlying knowledge in the story. Storytelling is used as a tool to teach children the importance of respect through the practice of listening.  As well as connecting children with their environment, through the theme of the stories, and give them more autonomy by using repetitive statements, which improve their learning to learn competence.  It is also used to teach children to have respect for all life, value inter-connectedness and always work to overcome adversity. To teach this a Kinesthetic learningstyle would be used, involving the listeners through music, dream interpretation, or dance. 
For indigenous cultures of the Americas, storytelling is used as an oral form of language associated with practices and values essential to developing one's identity. This is because everyone in the community can add their own touch and perspective to the narrative collaboratively – both individual and culturally shared perspectives have a place in the co-creation of the story. Oral storytelling in indigenous communities differs from other forms of stories because they are told not only for entertainment, but for teaching values.  For example, the Sto:lo community in Canada focuses on reinforcing children's identity by telling stories about the land to explain their roles. 
Furthermore, Storytelling is a way to teach younger members of indigenous communities about their culture and their identities. In Donna Eder's study, Navajos were interviewed about storytelling practices that they have had in the past and what changes they want to see in the future. They notice that storytelling makes an impact on the lives of the children of the Navajos. According to some of the Navajos that were interviewed, storytelling is one of many main practices that teaches children the important principles to live a good life.  In indigenous communities, stories are a way to pass knowledge on from generation to generation.
For some indigenous people, experience has no separation between the physical world and the spiritual world. Thus, some indigenous people communicate to their children through ritual, storytelling, or dialogue. Community values, learned through storytelling, help to guide future generations and aid in identity formation. 
In the Quechua community of Highland Peru, there is no separation between adults and children. This allows for children to learn storytelling through their own interpretations of the given story. Therefore, children in the Quechua community are encouraged to listen to the story that is being told in order to learn about their identity and culture. Sometimes, children are expected to sit quietly and listen actively. This enables them to engage in activities as independent learners. 
This teaching practice of storytelling allowed children to formulate ideas based on their own experiences and perspectives. In Navajo communities, for children and adults, storytelling is one of the many effective ways to educate both the young and old about their cultures, identities and history. Storytelling help the Navajos know who they are, where they come from and where they belong. 
Storytelling in indigenous cultures is sometimes passed on by oral means in a quiet and relaxing environment, which usually coincides with family or tribal community gatherings and official events such as family occasions, rituals, or ceremonial practices.  During the telling of the story, children may act as participants by asking questions, acting out the story, or telling smaller parts of the story.  Furthermore, stories are not often told in the same manner twice, resulting in many variations of a single myth. This is because narrators may choose to insert new elements into old stories dependent upon the relationship between the storyteller and the audience, making the story correspond to each unique situation. 
Indigenous cultures also use instructional ribbing— a playful form of correcting children's undesirable behavior— in their stories. For example, the Ojibwe (or Chippewa) tribe uses the tale of an owl snatching away misbehaving children. The caregiver will often say, "The owl will come and stick you in his ears if you don't stop crying!" Thus, this form of teasing serves as a tool to correct inappropriate behavior and promote cooperation. 
There are various types of stories among many indigenous communities. Communication in Indigenous American communities is rich with stories, myths, philosophies and narratives that serve as a means to exchange information.  These stories may be used for coming of age themes, core values, morality, literacy and history. Very often, the stories are used to instruct and teach children about cultural values and lessons.  The meaning within the stories is not always explicit, and children are expected to make their own meaning of the stories. In the Lakota Tribe of North America, for example, young girls are often told the story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, who is a spiritual figure that protects young girls from the whims of men. In the Odawa Tribe, young boys are often told the story of a young man who never took care of his body, and as a result, his feet fail to run when he tries to escape predators. This story serves as an indirect means of encouraging the young boys to take care of their bodies. 
Narratives can be shared to express the values or morals among family, relatives, or people who are considered part of the close-knit community. Many stories in indigenous American communities all have a "surface" story, that entails knowing certain information and clues to unlocking the metaphors in the story. The underlying message of the story being told, can be understood and interpreted with clues that hint to a certain interpretation.  In order to make meaning from these stories, elders in the Sto:lo community for example, emphasize the importance in learning how to listen, since it requires the senses to bring one's heart and mind together.  For instance, a way in which children learn about the metaphors significant for the society they live in, is by listening to their elders and participating in rituals where they respect one another. 
Stories are based on values passed down by older generations to shape the foundation of the community.  Storytelling is used as a bridge for knowledge and understanding allowing the values of "self" and "community" to connect and be learned as a whole. Storytelling in the Navajo community for example allows for community values to be learned at different times and places for different learners. Stories are told from the perspective of other people, animals, or the natural elements of the earth.  In this way, children learn to value their place in the world as a person in relation to others. Typically, stories are used as an informal learning tool in Indigenous American communities, and can act as an alternative method for reprimanding children's bad behavior. In this way, stories are non-confrontational, which allows the child to discover for themselves what they did wrong and what they can do to adjust the behavior. 
Parents in the Arizona Tewa community, for example, teach morals to their children through traditional narratives.  Lessons focus on several topics including historical or "sacred" stories or more domestic disputes. Through storytelling, the Tewa community emphasizes the traditional wisdom of the ancestors and the importance of collective as well as individual identities. Indigenous communities teach children valuable skills and morals through the actions of good or mischievous stock characters while also allowing room for children to make meaning for themselves. By not being given every element of the story, children rely on their own experiences and not formal teaching from adults to fill in the gaps. 
When children listen to stories, they periodically vocalize their ongoing attention and accept the extended turn of the storyteller. The emphasis on attentiveness to surrounding events and the importance of oral tradition in indigenous communities teaches children the skill of keen attention. For example, Children of the Tohono O'odham American Indian community who engaged in more cultural practices were able to recall the events in a verbally presented story better than those who did not engage in cultural practices.  Body movements and gestures help to communicate values and keep stories alive for future generations.  Elders, parents and grandparents are typically involved in teaching the children the cultural ways, along with history, community values and teachings of the land. 
Children in indigenous communities can also learn from the underlying message of a story. For example, in a nahuatl community near Mexico City, stories about ahuaques or hostile water dwelling spirits that guard over the bodies of water, contain morals about respecting the environment. If the protagonist of a story, who has accidentally broken something that belongs to the ahuaque, does not replace it or give back in some way to the ahuaque, the protagonist dies.  In this way, storytelling serves as a way to teach what the community values, such as valuing the environment.
Storytelling also serves to deliver a particular message during spiritual and ceremonial functions. In the ceremonial use of storytelling, the unity building theme of the message becomes more important than the time, place and characters of the message. Once the message is delivered, the story is finished. As cycles of the tale are told and retold, story units can recombine, showing various outcomes for a person's actions. 
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (January 2015)
Storytelling has been assessed for critical literacy skills and the learning of theatre-related terms by the nationally recognized storytelling and creative drama organization, Neighborhood Bridges, in Minneapolis.  Another storyteller researcher in the UK proposes that the social space created preceding oral storytelling in schools may trigger sharing (Parfitt, 2014). 
Storytelling has also been studied as a way to investigate and archive cultural knowledge and values within indigenous American communities. Iseke's study (2013)  on the role of storytelling in the Metis community, showed promise in furthering research about the Metis and their shared communal atmosphere during storytelling events. Iseke focused on the idea of witnessing a storyteller as a vital way to share and partake in the Metis community, as members of the community would stop everything else they were doing in order to listen or "witness" the storyteller and allow the story to become a "ceremonial landscape," or shared reference, for everyone present. This was a powerful tool for the community to engage and teach new learner shared references for the values and ideologies of the Metis. Through storytelling, the Metis cemented the shared reference of personal or popular stories and folklore, which members of the community can use to share ideologies. In the future, Iseke noted that Metis elders wished for the stories being told to be used for further research into their culture, as stories were a traditional way to pass down vital knowledge to younger generations.
For the stories we read, the "neuro-semantic encoding of narratives happens at levels higher than individual semantic units and that this encoding is systematic across both individuals and languages." This encoding seems to appear most prominently in the default mode network. 
Storytelling in serious application contexts, as e.g. therapeutics, business, serious games, medicine, education, or faith can be referred to as serious storytelling. Serious storytelling applies storytelling "outside the context of entertainment, where the narration progresses as a sequence of patterns impressive in quality ... and is part of a thoughtful progress". 
Some approaches treat narratives as politically motivated stories, stories empowering certain groups and stories giving people agency. Instead of just searching for the main point of the narrative, the political function is demanded through asking, "Whose interest does a personal narrative serve"?  This approach mainly looks at the power, authority, knowledge, ideology and identity; "whether it legitimates and dominates or resists and empowers".  All personal narratives are seen as ideological because they evolve from a structure of power relations and simultaneously produce, maintain and reproduce that power structure". 
Political theorist, Hannah Arendt argues that storytelling transforms private meaning to public meaning.  Regardless of the gender of the narrator and what story they are sharing, the performance of the narrative and the audience listening to it is where the power lies.
Therapeutic storytelling is the act of telling one's story in an attempt to better understand oneself or one's situation. Oftentimes, these stories affect the audience in a therapeutic sense as well, helping them to view situations similar to their own through a different lens.  Noted author and folklore scholar, Elaine Lawless states, "...this process provides new avenues for understanding and identity formation. Language is utilised to bear witness to their lives".  Sometimes a narrator will simply skip over certain details without realising, only to include it in their stories during a later telling. In this way, that telling and retelling of the narrative serves to "reattach portions of the narrative".  These gaps may occur due to a repression of the trauma or even just a want to keep the most gruesome details private. Regardless, these silences are not as empty as they appear, and it is only this act of storytelling that can enable the teller to fill them back in.
Psychodrama uses re-enactment of a personal, traumatic event in the life of a psychodrama group participant as a therapeutic methodology, first developed by psychiatrist, J.L. Moreno, M.D. This therapeutic use of storytelling was incorporated into Drama Therapy, known in the field as "Self Revalatory Theater." in 1975] Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas developed a therapeutic, improvisational storytelling form they called Playback Theatre. Therapeutic storytelling is also used to promote healing through transformative arts, where a facilitator helps a participant write and often present their personal story to an audience. 
The art of narrative is, by definition, an aesthetic enterprise, and there are a number of artistic elements that typically interact in well-developed stories. Such elements include the essential idea of narrative structure with identifiable beginnings, middles, and endings, or exposition-development-climax-resolution-denouement, normally constructed into coherent plot lines; a strong focus on temporality, which includes retention of the past, attention to present action and protention/future anticipation; a substantial focus on characters and characterization which is "arguably the most important single component of the novel";  a given heterogloss of different voices dialogically at play – "the sound of the human voice, or many voices, speaking in a variety of accents, rhythms and registers";  possesses a narrator or narrator-like voice, which by definition "addresses" and "interacts with" reading audiences (see Reader Response theory); communicates with a Wayne Booth-esque rhetorical thrust, a dialectic process of interpretation, which is at times beneath the surface, conditioning a plotted narrative, and at other times much more visible, "arguing" for and against various positions; relies substantially on now-standard aesthetic figuration, particularly including the use of metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche and irony (see Hayden White, Metahistory for expansion of this idea); is often enmeshed in intertextuality, with copious connections, references, allusions, similarities, parallels, etc. to other literatures; and commonly demonstrates an effort toward bildungsroman, a description of identity development with an effort to evince becoming in character and community.
Storytelling festivals typically feature the work of several storytellers and may include workshops for tellers and others who are interested in the art form or other targeted applications of storytelling. Elements of the oral storytelling art form often include the tellers encouragement to have participants co-create an experience by connecting to relatable elements of the story and using techniques of visualization (the seeing of images in the mind's eye), and use vocal and bodily gestures to support understanding. In many ways, the art of storytelling draws upon other art forms such as acting, oral interpretation and Performance Studies.
In 1903, Richard Wyche, a professor of literature at the University of Tennessee created the first organized storytellers league of its kind.[ citation needed] It was called The National Story League. Wyche served as its president for 16 years, facilitated storytelling classes, and spurred an interest in the art.
Several other storytelling organizations started in the U.S. during the 1970s. One such organization was the National Association for the Perpetuation and Preservation of Storytelling (NAPPS), now the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and the International Storytelling Center (ISC). NSN is a professional organization that helps to organize resources for tellers and festival planners. The ISC runs the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.  Australia followed their American counterparts with the establishment of storytelling guilds in the late 1970s.[ citation needed] Australian storytelling today has individuals and groups across the country who meet to share their stories. The UK's Society for Storytelling was founded in 1993, bringing together tellers and listeners, and each year since 2000 has run a National Storytelling Week the first week of February.[ citation needed]
Currently, there are dozens of storytelling festivals and hundreds of professional storytellers around the world,   and an international celebration of the art occurs on World Storytelling Day.
In oral traditions, stories are kept alive by being told again and again. The material of any given story naturally undergoes several changes and adaptations during this process. When and where oral tradition was pushed back in favor of print media, the literary idea of the author as originator of a story's authoritative version changed people's perception of stories themselves. In centuries following, stories tended to be seen as the work of individuals rather than a collective effort. Only recently when a significant number of influential authors began questioning their own roles, the value of stories as such – independent of authorship – was again recognized. Literary critics such as Roland Barthes even proclaimed the Death of the Author.
People have been telling stories at work since ancient times, when stories might inspire "courage and empowerment during the hunt for a potentially dangerous animal," or simply instill the value of listening.  Storytelling in business has become a field in its own right as industries have grown, as storytelling becomes a more popular art form in general through live storytelling events like The Moth.
Storytelling has come to have a prominent role in recruiting. The modern recruiting industry started in the 1940s as employers competed for available labor during World War II. Prior to that, employers usually placed newspaper ads telling a story about the kind of person they wanted, including their character and, in many cases, their ethnicity. 
Public influence has been part of human civilization since ancient times, but the modern public relations industry traces its roots to a Boston-based PR firm called The Publicity Bureau that opened in 1900.  Although a PR firm may not identify its role as storytelling, the firm's task is to control the public narrative about the organization they represent.
Networking has been around since the industrial revolution when businesses recognized the need—and the benefit—of collaborating and trusting a wider range of people.  Today, networking is the subject for more than 100,000 books, seminars and online conversations. 
Storytelling helps networkers showcase their expertise. “Using examples and stories to teach contacts about expertise, experience, talents, and interests” is one of 8 networking competencies the Association for Talent Development has identified, saying that networkers should “be able to answer the question, ‘What do you do?’ to make expertise visible and memorable.”  Business storytelling begins by considering the needs of the audience the networker wishes to reach, asking, "What is it about what I do that my audience is most interested in?" and "What would intrigue them the most?" 
For managers storytelling is an important way of resolving conflicts, addressing issues and facing challenges. Managers may use narrative discourse to deal with conflicts when direct action is inadvisable or impossible. [ citation needed]
In a group discussion a process of collective narration can help to influence others and unify the group by linking the past to the future. In such discussions, managers transform problems, requests and issues into stories.[ citation needed] Jameson calls this collective group construction storybuilding.
Storytelling plays an important role in reasoning processes and in convincing others. In business meetings, managers and business officials preferred stories to abstract arguments or statistical measures. When situations are complex or dense, narrative discourse helps to resolve conflicts, influences corporate decisions and stabilizes the group. 
Storytelling is increasingly being used in advertising in order to build customer loyalty.   According to Giles Lury, this marketing trend echoes the deeply rooted human need to be entertained.  Stories are illustrative, easily memorable and allow companies to create stronger emotional bonds with customers. 
A Nielsen study shows consumers want a more personal connection in the way they gather information since human brains are more engaged by storytelling than by the presentation of facts alone. When reading pure data, only the language parts of the brain work to decode the meaning. But when reading a story, both the language parts and those parts of the brain that would be engaged if the events of the story were actually experienced are activated. As a result, it easier to remember stories than facts. 
Marketing developments incorporating storytelling include the use of the trans-media techniques that originated in the film industry intended to "build a world in which your story can evolve".  Examples include Coca-Cola's "Happiness Factory". 
- "Narratives and Story-Telling | Beyond Intractability". www.beyondintractability.org. 2016-07-06. Archived from the original on 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
Sherman, Josepha (2015).
Storytelling: An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore. Routledge.
9781317459378. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
Myths address daunting themes such as creation, life, death, and the workings of the natural world [...]. [...] Myths are closely related to religious stories, since myths sometimes belong to living religions.
"Why did Native Americans make rock art?". Rock Art in Arkansas.
Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
[...] rock art might have played an important part in story-telling, with combined value for education, entertainment, and group solidarity. This narrative function of rock art imagery is one of the current trends in interpretation.
- Cajete, Gregory, Donna Eder and Regina Holyan. Life Lessons through Storytelling: Children's Exploration of Ethics. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010.
- Kaeppler, Adrienne. "Hawaiian tattoo: a conjunction of genealogy and aesthetics". Marks of Civilization: Artistic Transformations of the Human Body. Los Angeles: Museum of Cultural History, UCLA (1988), APA.
Pellowski, Anne (1990) .
The World of Storytelling. H.W. Wilson. p. 44.
9780824207885. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
Religious storytelling is that storytelling used by official or semi-official functionaries, leaders, and teachers of a religious group to explain or promulgate their religion through stories [...].
- Birch, Carol and Melissa Heckler (Eds.) 1996. Who Says?: Essays on Pivotal Issues in Contemporary Storytelling Atlanta GA: August House
- Ruediger Drischel, Anthology Storytelling - Storytelling in the Age of the Internet, New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved January 15, 2019
- Paulus, Trena M.; Marianne Woodside; Mary Ziegler (2007). ""Determined women at work" Group construction of narrative meaning". Narrative Inquiry. 17 (2): 299. doi: 10.1075/ni.17.2.08pau.
- Donovan, Melissa (2017). "Narrative Techniques for Storytellers". Archived from the original on 2017-07-27.
- "Stories are also growing". www.playbacktheatre.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-06.
- Fuertes, A (2012). "Storytelling and its transformative impact in the Philippines". Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 29 (3): 333–348. doi: 10.1002/crq.21043.
- Lederman, L.C.; Menegatos, L.M. (2011). "Sustainable recovery: The self-transformative power of storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous". Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery. 6 (3): 206–227. doi: 10.1080/1556035x.2011.597195. S2CID 144089328.
- Allen, K.N.; Wozniak, D.F. (2014). "The integration of healing rituals in group treatment for women survivors of domestic violence". Social Work in Mental Health. 12 (1): 52–68. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2013.817369.
- "Oral Tradition of Storytelling: Definition, History & Examples – Video & Lesson Transcript | Study.com". study.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- Lord, Albert Bates (2000). The singer of tales, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- Price, Reynolds (1978). A Palpable God, New York:Atheneum, p.3.
- Choy, Esther K. (2017). Let the story do the work : the art of storytelling for business success. ISBN 978-0-8144-3801-5. OCLC 964379642.
- Storytellingday.net. " Oral Traditions In Storytelling Archived 2013-12-08 at the Wayback Machine." Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Davidson, Michelle (2004). "A phenomenological evaluation: using storytelling as a primary teaching method". Nurse Education and Practice. 4 (3): 184–189. doi: 10.1016/s1471-5953(03)00043-x. PMID 19038156.
- Andrews, Dee; Hull, Donahue (September 2009). "Storytelling as an Instructional Method:: Descriptions and Research Question" (PDF). Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning. 2. 3 (2): 6–23. doi: 10.7771/1541-5015.1063. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-10-28.
- Schank, Roger C.; Robert P. Abelson (1995). Knowledge and Memory: The Real Story. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 1–85. ISBN 978-0-8058-1446-0.
- Connelly, F. Michael; D. Jean Clandinin (Jun–Jul 1990). "Stories of Experience and Narrative Inquiry". Educational Researcher. 5. 19 (5): 2–14. doi: 10.3102/0013189x019005002. JSTOR 1176100. S2CID 146158473.
- McKeough, A.; et al. (2008). "Storytelling as a Foundation to Literacy Development for Aboriginal Children: Culturally and Developmentally Appropriate Practices". Canadian Psychology. 49 (2): 148–154. doi: 10.1037/0708-55184.108.40.206. hdl: 1880/112019.
- Doty, Elizabeth. "Transforming Capabilities: Using Story for Knowledge Discovery & Community Development" (PDF). Storytelling in Organizations. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-13.
- Rossiter, Marsha (2002). "Narrative and Stories in Adult Teaching and Learning" (PDF). Educational Resources Information Center 'ERIC Digest' (241). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-14.
- Battiste, Marie. Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy in First Nations Education: A Literature Review with Recommendations. Ottawa, Ont.: Indian and Northern Affairs, 2002
- Denning, Stephen (2000). The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-0-7506-7355-6.
- Archibald, Jo-Ann. (2008). Indigenous Storywork: Educating The Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit. Vancouver, British Columbia: The University of British Columbia.
- Ellis, Gail and Jean Brewster. Tell it Again!. The New Storytelling Handbook for Primary Teachers. Harlow: Penguin English, 2002. Print.
- Fisher-Yoshida, Beth, Kathy Dee. Geller and Steven A. Schapiro. Innovations in Transformative Learning: Space, Culture, & the Arts. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
- Archibald, Jo-Ann, (2008). Indigenous Storywork: Educating The Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit. Vancouver, British Columbia: The University of British Columbia Press.
- Eder, Donna (September 2007). "Bringing Navajos Storytelling Practices into Schools. The Importance of Maintaining Cultural Integrity". Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 6 (3): 559–577. JSTOR 25166626.
- Vannini, Phillip, and J. Patrick Williams. Authenticity in Culture, Self and Society. Farnham, England: Ashgate Pub., 2009.
- Bolin, Inge. (2006). Growing Up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru. Austin, Texas: The University of Texas Press.
- Hodge, et al. Utilizing Traditional Storytelling to Promote Wellness in American Indian Communities.
- Hodge, F.S., Pasqua, A., Marquez, C.A., & Geishirt-Cantrell, B. (2002). Utilizing traditional storytelling to promote wellness in American Indian communities.
- Silko, L. Storyteller. New York, New York: Seaver Books Pub., 1981.
- Hilger, 1951. Chippewa Childlife and its Cultural Background.
- Loppie, Charlotte (February 2007). "Learning From the Grandmothers: Incorporating Indigenous Principles Into Qualitative Research". Qualitative Health Research. 17 (2): 276–84. doi: 10.1177/1049732306297905. PMID 17220397. S2CID 5735471.
- Pelletier, W. Childhood in an Indian Village. 1970.
- Archibald, Jo-Ann (2008). Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, and Spirit. Canada: University of British Columbia Press. p. 76. ISBN 9780774814010.
- Bolin, Inge (2006). Growing Up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-0292712980.
- Hodge, et al. 2002. Utilizing Traditional Storytelling to Promote Wellness in American Indian Communities.
- Jeff Corntassel, Chaw-win-is, and T'lakwadzi. "Indigenous Storytelling, Truth-telling and Community Approaches to Reconciliation." ESC: English Studies in Canada 35.1 (2009): 137–59)
- Eder, Donna (2010). Life Lessons through Storytelling: Children's Exploration of Ethics. Indiana University Press. pp. 7–23. ISBN 978-0253222442.
- Battiste, Marie. Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy in First Nations Education: A Literature Review with Recommendations. Ottawa, Ont.: Indian and Northern Affairs, 2002.
- Kroskrity, P. V. (2009). "Narrative reproductions: Ideologies of storytelling, authoritative words and generic regimentation in the village of Tewa". Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 19: 40–56. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1395.2009.01018.x.
- Pelletier, Wilfred (1969). "Childhood in an Indian Village". Two Articles.
- Tsethlikai, M.; Rogoff (2013). "Involvement in traditional cultural practices and American Indian children's incidental recall of a folktale". Developmental Psychology. 49 (3): 568–578. doi: 10.1037/a0031308. PMID 23316771.
- Fisher, Mary Pat. Living Religions: An Encyclopedia of the World's Faiths. London: I.B. Tauris, 1997
- Hornberger, Nancy H. Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom up. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 1997
- Lorente Fernández, David (2006). "Infancia nahua y transmisión de la cosmovisión: los ahuaques o espíritus pluviales en la Sierra de Texcoco (México)". Boletín de Antropología Universidad de Antioquia: 152–168. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
- VanDeusen, Kira. Raven and the Rock: Storytelling in Chukotka. Seattle [u.a.: Univ. of Washington [u.a., 1999.
- "For Educators | Children's Theatre Company". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
- Parfitt, E. (2014). "Storytelling as a Trigger for Sharing Conversations". Exchanges:Warwick Research Journal. 1. 2. Archived from the original on 2015-05-05.
- Iseke, Judy (2013). "Indigenous Storytelling As Research". International Review of Qualitative Research. 6 (4): 559–577. doi: 10.1525/irqr.2013.6.4.559. JSTOR 10.1525/irqr.2013.6.4.559. S2CID 144222653.
- Dehghani, Morteza; Boghrati, Reihane; Man, Kingson; Hoover, Joe; Gimbel, Sarah I.; Vaswani, Ashish; Zevin, Jason D.; Immordino-Yang, Mary Helen; Gordon, Andrew S. (2017-12-01). "Decoding the neural representation of story meanings across languages". Human Brain Mapping. 38 (12): 6096–6106. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23814. ISSN 1097-0193. PMC 6867091. PMID 28940969.
- Lugmayr, Artur; Suhonen, Jarkko; Hlavacs, Helmut; Montero, Calkin; Suutinen, Erkki; Sedano, Carolina (2016). "Serious storytelling - a first definition and review". Multimedia Tools and Applications. 76 (14): 15707–15733. doi: 10.1007/s11042-016-3865-5. S2CID 207219982.
- Langellier, Kristen (1989). "Personal Narratives: Perspectives on Theory and Research". Text and Performance Quarterly: 266.
- Langellier, Kristen (1989). "Personal Narratives: Perspectives on Theory and Research". Text and Performance Quarterly: 267.
- Jackson, Michael (March 1, 2002). The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression and Intersubjectivity. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-8772897370.
- Lawless, Elaine (2001). Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-8262-1314-3.
- Lawless, Elaine (2001). Women Escaping Violence:Empowerment through Narrative. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press. p. 123.
- Lawless, Elaine (2001). Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative. University of Missouri Press. p. 90.
- Harter, L.M.; Bochner, A.P. (2009). "Healing through stories: A special issue on narrative medicine". Journal of Applied Communication Research. 37 (2): 113–117. doi: 10.1080/00909880902792271.
- David Lodge The Art of Fiction 67
- Lodge The Art of Fiction 97
- Wolf, Eric James. Connie Regan-Blake A History of the National Storytelling Festival Archived 2010-01-20 at the Wayback Machine Audio Interview, 2008
- Madaleno, Diana (2016). "10 Storytelling Festivals You Must Attend in 2016". www.brandanew.co. Archived from the original on 2017-07-15.
- "5 international storytelling festivals to check out this year and next". Matador Network. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- Lawrence, Randee Lipson; Paige, Dennis Swiftdeer (March 2016). "What Our Ancestors Knew: Teaching and Learning Through Storytelling". New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. 2016 (149): 63–72. doi: 10.1002/ace.20177. ISSN 1052-2891.
- Bulik, Mark (2015-09-08). "1854: No Irish Need Apply". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
- Cutlip, Scott M. (2016-08-29). "The Nation's First Public Relations Firm". Journalism Quarterly. 43 (2): 269–280. doi: 10.1177/107769906604300208. S2CID 144745620.
- Phillips, Deborah R. "The transformational power of networking in today's business world." Journal of Property Management, Mar.-Apr. 2017, p. 20+. Gale Academic OneFile Select, https://link-gale-com.libezproxy.broward.org/apps/doc/A490719005/EAIM?u=broward29&sid=EAIM&xid=a2cece77. Accessed 14 Feb. 2020.
- Baber, Anne & Lynne Waymon. "The connected employee: the 8 networking competencies for organizational success". T+D. 64: 50+ – via Gale Academic OneFile Select.
- By Jason Hensel, One+. " Once Upon a Time Archived 2010-02-27 at the Wayback Machine." February 2010.
- Cornell University. " Jameson, Daphne A Professor." Retrieved Oct 19, 2012.
- "Story Telling". www.colorado.edu. 2005. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.
- Jameson, Daphne A (2001). "Narrative Discourse and Management Action". Journal of Business Communication. 38 (4): 476–511. doi: 10.1177/002194360103800404. S2CID 145215100.
- Lury, Giles (2004). Brand Strategy, Issue 182, p. 32
- "The art of storytelling in 7 content marketing context questions". i-SCOOP. 2014-07-01. Archived from the original on 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- Plain Language at Work. " The best story wins Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine." Mar 25, 2012. Retrieved Dec 19, 2012.
- By Rachel Gillett, Fast Company. " Why Our Brains Crave Storytelling in Marketing Archived 2014-09-10 at the Wayback Machine." June 4, 2014. September 9, 2014.
- Transmedia Storytelling and Entertainment: An annotated syllabus Henry Jenkins Journal of Media & Cultural Studies Volume 24, 2010 – Issue 6: Entertainment Industries
- Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (March 13, 2009). "Coca-Cola launches new 'Happiness Factory' ad". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Storytelling.|
Library resources about |
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Storytelling|
- Beyer, Jürgen (1997). "Prolegomena to a history of story-telling around the Baltic Sea, c. 1550–1800". Electronic Journal of Folklore. 4: 43–60. doi: 10.7592/fejf1997.04.balti.
- Bruner, Jerome S. Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 1986. ISBN 0-674-00365-9
- Bruner, Jerome S. Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2002. ISBN 0-374-20024-6
- Gargiulo, Terrence L. The Strategic Use of Stories in Organizational Communication and Learning. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe. 2005. ISBN 0-7656-1413-8
- Greiner-Burkert, Barbara The magical art of telling fairy tales: A practical guide to enchantment. Munich, Germany: tausendschlau Verlag. 2012. ISBN 978-3-943328-64-6
- Leitch, Thomas M. What Stories Are: Narrative Theory and Interpretation. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. 1986. ISBN 0-271-00431-2
- Lodge, David. The Art of Fiction, New York: Viking, 1992.
- McKee, Robert. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. New York: ReganBooks. 1997. ISBN 0-06-039168-5