Nothing will ever replace the active pleasure of telling and listening to stories. Only a live storyteller can impart to a tale that very human touch that brings a gleam of understanding to the listener's eye. The wonderful world of storytelling is revealed in this resource manual for beginners and seasoned performers. Many ideas for finding, writing, adapting and presenting stories are included. Three parts including: Choosing Stories to Tell, Developing Original Ideas and Presenting the Story. Story examples and exercises are given throughout. Each chapter is concluded with discussion questions and activities. A comprehensive textbook for oral interpretation. Sample chapters: What Is Storytelling?: Choosing a Story to Tell; Types of Stories and Where to Tell Them; The Situation, Audience and Location; Analyzing the Story; Ideas from Experience; Creating Character.