In this step-by-step companion guide, Nancy Mellon explores the secrets of a good story and how to become a confident teller of stories made from scratch. The healing power of stories is a strong antidote to today’s world of electronic screens and games. Storytelling is an engaging and meaningful way of sharing our thoughts and feelings. As a path of self-development, storytelling awakes archetypal experiences, symbols, and inner forces for healing others and oneself.
Nancy Mellon shows how to create a magical atmosphere for telling tales, how to use movement and direction in a story, how to set a “storyscape,” making beginnings and endings, and how to use the rhythms of voice in the most effective ways. Here, too, are the subtler ingredients of storytelling, including moods, the elements, the seasons, and using the symbolism of magic words, objects, and weapons to represent outer and archetypal forces in our world.
Healing Storytelling is the third edition of the book originally published as Storytelling and the Art of Imagination.
“...food for the soul, a healing well to dip into for storytellers at all levels...offers wonderful guidance, inspiration, and encouragement for imaginative story-making and storytelling.”—Susan Perrow, author of Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour
“Nancy Mellon explores stories as maps for learning and healing. She leads readers into the imaginative and transforming world of traditional story, with vast knowledge of its wise symbolic potency.” —Mary Smail, Dramatherapist and Psychotherapist, SoulWorks, UK
“The book enriches the practice of storytellers of all kinds in artistic performance, education and creative groupwork.” —Donald Smith, Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Nancy Mellon has guided storytelling and writing groups for many years. A former Waldorf teacher, she has given storytelling and art therapeutic courses at many locations in the US and UK. Her books include Storytelling with Children and The Art of Imagination.