Ignore the dictionaries and consider these definitions: Great storytellers seek out opportunities to empathize, to share in the pain and joy, the love and fear of royalty and power, of scamps and tramps and tyrants, of dunces and geniuses, of the people you know all too well and the goat herder a half a world away whom you’ll never know. Great storytellers hear the music of language — its rhythms and tones — yes, yes, of course, but more than anything they hear their own conscience and let it guide them in their work and in their play — because telling one’s story helps one “know thyself” (perhaps even heal thyself in the process) and hearing another’s story enables us to travel beyond ourselves and our experience, thereby broadening our understanding of this complex world. Great storytellers indulge their curiosity in perpetuity — never sated or slaked, they search and look, question and query, forever venturing out into the margins, those dark places that can only be lit by creative exertion. Great storytellers possess courage and grit, requirements for the vulnerability they endure when sharing their work and their play with fellow souls; and, finally, great storytellers commit to the toil and the slog, knowing that the muses’ gifts are nothing if they’re not greased with the sweat of creative feverishness and put into action. Great storytellers take risks, dive past the breakers to remain unbroken, bounce forward on their toes until they leave the safety of the muddy bottom and keystroke past the mundane and charted waters into greater depths, adding new perspectives for future travelers. In this way, great storytellers nurture the world. Our mission, then, is to nurture great storytellers.

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