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Do Story – How to tell your story so the world listens Bobette Buster

'The universe is made of stories, not atoms.' - Muriel Rukeyser

Today’s world wants to know you and the real story behind why you do what you do.

Whether you have a product to sell, a company mission to share or an audience to entertain, people are far more likely to engage and connect if you deliver a well-crafted story with an emotional core.

Bobette Buster is a story consultant to major studios including Pixar, Disney and Sony Animation. In Do Story she teaches the art of telling powerful and engaging stories. With profiles of activists, leaders and visionaries, she shares a variety of styles and subjects to demonstrate her Ten Principles of Storytelling. Find out

  • How to source, structure and shape your story
  • The power of the 'gleaming detail'
  • Why an emotional connection is key

With beautiful illustrations by Millie Marotta and plenty of practical tips and exercises, you will soon discover how to take your own storytelling from good... to great. So, what’s your story? 

This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download. 

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  • Newly updated and expanded for 2018 with new chapters on Steve Jobs and Yvon Chouinard
  • Learn the 10 Principles of Storytelling that will take your story from good to great
  • Bobette's first book, condensing two decades of storytelling expertise
  • Practical exercises to help you start writing your story.
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‘Bobette is a truly fantastic teacher, a main stay in the USC Peter Stark Program where she has made such a tremendous impact on students. No one understands story better than her.’
Larry Turman, Director, USC Peter Stark Program and Producer of The Graduate
‘A truly engaging read, beautifully crafted! A small book with great momentum, compelling insights - I will keep for a lifetime.’
Amazon reviewer
‘It was illuminating, emotional and as well crafted as the stories she has consulted on for the film industry.’
Amazon reviewer
‘Bobette has changed how I think about story.’
Amazon reviewer

About the author

Bobette Buster grew up in Kentucky, in a region renowned for its great storytellers. After graduating, she produced an oral history of the area that is now archived at the Kentucky Museum. She then moved to Hollywood to learn the business of script development. She is the author of Do Listen: Understand what's really being said. Find a new way forward (forthcoming September 2018); the writer and producer of Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound feature documentary (2019) and several feature narrative projects, including Charlotte and Gold Fellas. She is a story consultant to major studios including Pixar, Disney and Sony Animation and to leading production companies, as well as advertising and marketing agencies around the world. She also leads storytelling workshops all over the globe. She has lectured internationally and is currently Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling at Northeastern University, Boston. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bobette’s Do Lecture: Can you tell your story?

Reminding us of the roles stories play in shaping our social history and how stepping in to your personal wilderness can become your finest story.

Product Details

Dimensions: 120x178mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-46-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-10-6


All editions contain 11 line drawings by Millie Marotta.

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper.

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