Women have used stories to teach and delight children, at home and in the classroom. As oral history, women's stories have preserved women's wisdom and culture, sometimes as the only existing records, passed down through tellers, generation after generation. Beyond this, learning how to tell a story can make you a more effective orator and conversationalist, as well as helping you share your own life experiences and those of your family. In simple and elegant style, Nancy Shimmel relates the process of storytelling from choosing and learning a story to tell one. This is a terrific sourcebook with plenty of ideas to get you going and reading lists at the end of each section, including a four page listing of sources for stories involving strong and active heroines. No matter what your motivation for storytelling, this book can show you how.