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5 TED Talks That All Writers Should Watch

I don't know about you, but listening to a TED talk really gets my motivation juices flowing. Usually, I listen to podcasts because I love to hear stories -- but the beautiful thing is that that's exactly what TED talks are there for: to tell stories. To motivate. To inspire. To educate.

Here are 5 awesome TED talks on writing and storytelling that all writers should check out.


The Clues to a Great Story

Andrew Stanton

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Watch below or here.


How Books Can Open Your Mind

Lisa Bu

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books. Watch below or here.


The Technology of Storytelling

Joe Sabia

iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad. Watch below or here.


The Mystery of Storytelling

Julian Friedmann

How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious as it seems. Julian Friedmann has worked with writers for over 40 years; he believes understanding that storytelling is more about the audience than the writer will result in better storytelling. Watch below or here.


Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.


Did we miss any good ones? Shout us out below or tweet us at @Kentbury!

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