Will Storr

WILL STORR VS THE SUPERNATURAL

(Ebury/Random House)

'Funny, exciting and strangely haunting'

Jon Ronson

'A rip-roaring yarn that will have you genuinely questioning your beliefs.’

The Guardian

‘A very amusing way to scare yourself stupid.’

Independent on Sunday

THE HUNGER AND THE HOWLING OF KILLIAN LONE

(Short/Simon & Schuster)

‘Riveting... Storr entices the readers with luscious descriptions of food while offering a grim, destructive vision of a brutal, personality-driven profession.’

Starred review, Publishers Weekly

'A fine, well crafted debut... this is painless entertainment, one of many reasons to sing it’s praises’.

The Independent

'Darkly imaginative and enjoyable.’

Cathy Rentzenbrink


THE HERETICS

(Picador/Overlook)

‘A tour de force... an extraordinarily thoughtful account of what it means to believe anything’

Book of the Week, Salon

‘Funny, serious, richly vivid. Read this book.’

5/5, The Daily Telegraph

‘Very valuable, and a great read to boot, this is investigative journalism of the highest order’

Book of the Week, The Independent

Published in the U.S. as ‘The Unpersuadables’



Storytelling is the most ancient of arts – and one of the most powerful. It’s about so much more than entertainment. Story is how we learn who we are and how the world works. It moves us, persuades us and transports us, creating empathy and memory and beguiling us into seeing life in a whole new way. Research shows that story gives our lives meaning and focus and that those with a strong sense of their own personal story tend to be happier.


Storr’s unique approach to understanding storytelling involves using the latest findings from psychology and neuroscience to understand how the brain generates and experiences story. Using these insights we can hack the system and learn how to become much more effective storytellers.


Storytelling is a global skill that can be applied to so many aspects of our personal and professional existence. Not only can it change the we go about our business, it can even change the way we understand our lives.


Storr teaches storytelling for writers and for business-people, at The Guardian, as part of their Masterclasses programme and at The Faber Academy. He also speaks on the subject and offers consultancy. Please contact him for more information.

Will Storr is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His work has appeared in titles such as The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine and Esquire. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books and teaches popular journalism and storytelling classes in London, at Guardian Masterclasses and The Faber Academy.


He’s ghostwritten top ten bestselling books for public figures, including two number ones. He’s been invited to present his ‘Science of Storytelling’ workshop all over the world, from Bangkok to Istanbul to the European Parliament.


He has reported from the civil war in South Sudan, the narco ganglands of Guatemala and the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia. The New Statesman has called him a ‘magnificent reporter’ while The Independent has called him a ‘versatile, imaginative, committed long-form journalist... a talented, ambitious writer.’


He’s been named New Journalist of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. His investigation into the kangaroo meat industry won the AFM award for Best Investigative Journalism and he’s been presented with the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men. He’s also won the AIB Award for Best Investigative Documentary for his BBC radio series.


‘There’s nothing else quite like Will’s approach, with its illuminating, scientific take on writing technique. All storytellers, no matter what their level of experience, are likely to go away with a new understanding of the writing process that will deepen and nourish their work.’

Craig Pearce, Cowriter with Baz Luhrmann: Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby


‘I can never thank Will enough for what he’s done for our team of journalists. We’re always talking about the things we learned in his course: ‘Remember when Will said this, or that...’;  ‘I will never work and write the same way now’; ‘I'm ashamed when I read my old stuff.’ ‘Do you think we will invite Will again some day?’’

Yannick Pinel, Director of Editorial Strategy, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


‘The Science of Storytelling is one of our most popular courses. Not only does it always sell out, the feedback is consistently incredible.’

Kirsty Buck, Head of Guardian Masterclasses


‘Will worked closely with us to develop bespoke storytelling training which was informative, engaging and impactful. It was a fantastic investment and a great reminder of the power of an effective story.’

Dan Clay, Director, TNS-BMRB

STORIES

THE ITCH NOBODY CAN SCRATCH:

The mystery of Morgellon’s Disease

THE RAPE OF MEN:

The darkest secret of war

BRITAIN’S BEST ESCORT:

The story of Josh Branden

INSIDE THE WORLD’S

BUSIEST WILDLIFE HOSPITAL:

One day at St Tiggywinkles

BOOKS


Pic: Jay Brooks

ANATOMY OF A MASSACRE:

The day the LRA came

WHITE HATE IN THE OUTBACK:

The killing of Kwementyaye Ryder

CLIPS

The New Yorker

Under the Skin with Russell Brand

TEDx: The Science of Storytelling