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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 lecturer and 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, you will learn: 

  • The 10 principles of storytelling
  • 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.


Bobette is a truly fantastic teacher. No one understands story better than her.

Larry Turman, USC School of Cinematic Arts & 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 customer

Bobette has changed how I think about story.

Amazon customer

International editions

Storytelling - Audiobook coverSpanish


Do Story – How to tell your story so the world listens. - Audiobook
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.

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; the writer and producer of documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, and several feature narrative projects. In 2019, she gave a TEDx Lecture entitled, 'The Radical Act of Storytelling' that has now reached 1.2 million views. She has been a story consultant and speaker to major studios including Pixar, Disney, Sony Animation and Amazon Games, and to leading production companies, as well as advertising and marketing agencies around the world. She lectures and serves on the visiting faculties of many academic institutions, most recently as the Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling at Northeastern University and Adjunct Professor of Storytelling and Science Communication at Tufts University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product details

  • Pub date: May 2013
  • Dimensions: 128x170mm
  • Extent: 136 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-907974-46-5
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-10-6


Illustrations by Millie Marotta

Paper & print details

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

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