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Awakening the Hidden Storyteller: How to Build a Storytelling Tradition in Your Family Paperback – July 2, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (July 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877735999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877735991
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Moore grew up amidst a family of avid storytellers in the Appalachian mountains of Central Pennsylvania, where his family has lived within a ten-mile radius for more than 200 years. As a storyteller and teacher, he has presented more than 5,000 performances and workshops nationwide. Robin Moore is the author of Awakening the Hidden Storyteller (Shambhala, 1991) and many other books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Moore narrates this well-organized journey into the imagination with a warmth and intimacy that models his storytelling theories. Combining theoretical narrative, stories in the oral tradition, and music from the Celtic harp, Moore creates an audio experience that is as much about quality of life as it is finding the hidden storyteller within. As he leads the listener through a short course in basic storytelling techniques, Moore creates a bond that feels as comfortable and encouraging as coaching by a dear friend. His intimate presentation creates the space for entry into the inner world and an opportunity to "stop and wait for your soul to catch up with you." R.M. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since 1981, Robin Moore has made his full-time living as an author and storyteller. Long before his first book was published, Robin dreamed of being a writer. But he was unsure about how to begin. He had earned a degree in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and worked briefly on newspapers and magazines. While this was an excellent way to learn the writer's craft, Robin felt that something was missing. Sometimes the right book at the right time can change a person's life. Someone gave him a copy of Henry David Thoreau's "Walden". In a moment of clarity, Robin realized that this was what he wanted to do: Just as Thoreau had done, he wanted to move up into the woods and live the solitary writer's life. For two and a half years he lived in a cabin in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania with no running water, no indoor plumbing and no modern conveniences. He had no car, no job and no savings. It was then that the idea for his first book, "The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek", came to him. It took him seven years to write his first book. This was the real beginning of his journey as a writer. In the years soon after, he started a family and began a life-long career of writing and storytelling.

He has written more than a dozen books, published by the world's largest publishers and by his own publishing house, Groundhog Press. He served as a combat soldier in Vietnam, earned a Journalism Degree from Penn State University and worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor before beginning his career as a storyteller in spoken and written word. He holds a Master's Degree in Oral Traditions and serves on the faculty of the Oral Traditions Program at The Graduate Institute.

He and his wife live on the shores of Lake Galena,surrounded by a 1,300-acre nature preserve in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1997
Format: Paperback
Robin leads readers on an excellent journey into themselves to find truth and hidden talent.
Working through the exercises is exhilarating, fun and enlightening.
True, you can learn a great deal about storytelling from this book, but you can also discover a great deal about yourself, your hidden past and how you think and experience life.
Read this book yourself, then read this book to your children. You will be forever grateful to Robin.
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I like the way this introduces storytelling as a family activity with "daydreaming" voyages that first, provide inner tools for drawing out stories from our own personal experiences, then second, provide some outer tools to bring those stories to life for our listeners, and finally, show how to use these tools to tell all kinds of stories from all kinds of sources. I am using this as the basis for a storytelling course that I'm teaching to 55+ seniors.
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