Book Review: The Storytelling Code by Dana Norris

Unlock the tales within you—unleash the power of storytelling

Everyone loves a good story—but how do you turn a fun anecdote into one for the books? Whether you’re hoping to impress others during a job interview, trying out stand-up, or giving a hilarious wedding speech, The Storytelling Code provides step-by-step help on crafting your narrative, as well as simple exercises to put those public speaking skills into practice.

Master the art of storytelling using 10 easy-to-follow rules to help you shape your story and share it confidently. Humorous advice will give you the courage to tell stories in your everyday life, and the unique exercises will demonstrate how to set a goal for each tale, gather the best materials, keep your audience engaged, and more.

The Storytelling Code includes:

Tell-tale heart—Release your inner storyteller using 10 easy-to-follow rules, including advice for identifying a narrative goal, shaping a plot, and more.
Gift of gab—Find the confidence to go live through courage-building tips that make sure you’re capturing and connecting with your audience.
Pen to paper—Get those creative writing juices flowing with fill-in writing prompts and insightful checklists to prep you for everyday storytelling situations.
Make every story mic drop-worthy with The Storytelling Code.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Storytelling Code is a a helpful resource on how to tell stories, whether it’s verbal or on paper. It gives you the steps needed to shape your story into one that will be memorable.

It also has a checklist at the end of each chapter to make you think and practice what you’ve learned. There are also practice sections that are helpful. In fact, one of the 10 rules is to always be practicing because the more you tell stories, the better you’ll become.

The Storytelling Code should be helpful for beginning storytellers who are looking for ways to improve their skills.

About the Author

Dana Norris is the author of The Storytelling Code: 10 Simple Rules to Shape and Tell a Brilliant Story, forthcoming from Rockridge Press in May 2020.

Dana is the founder of Story Club, a monthly storytelling show that has been featured in Poets & Writers magazine. Story Club is held on a monthly basis in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and Columbus. Sign up for her email newsletter, Dana Stories, at

Dana resides in the Cleveland area, where she teaches for Literary Cleveland. She has been featured in, Cleveland Scene, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, as well as on WBEZ and WCPN. Dana has been named one of the 13 funniest women in Ohio by & in 2015 she was named one of Chicago’s top 50 literary influencers by New City Chicago.