Catherine Ann Jones
Award-winning writer and global teacher
The Way of Story
In the Beginning was Story …
Einstein was wrong. “The world is made up of stories, not atoms,” as poet Muriel Rukeyser once said. Novelist John Steinbeck in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech remarked that “literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.” This is no less true today. From Shakespeare to Star Wars, from Dante to le Carre, the way of story is a journey of discovery forged by discipline and craft. Though it is craft that transforms the initial raw inspiration into form, storytelling begins within, and is as much a part of our past as our genetic structure.
Storytelling is not only the root of film, theatre, literature, and culture, but of the life experience itself. The listener maintains touch with his mythic self and the truths there represented. In losing touch with our myths, there may be a danger of losing touch with ourselves. Today, in modern society, there is a fragmentation which separates most of us from our central core or soul. With all our progress, perhaps something has been lost which earlier cultures knew to value: the soul connection.
Catherine Ann Jones’ films include “UNLIKELY ANGEL,” “THE CHRISTMAS WIFE,” and the popular series, “TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL.” Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award, author of The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing, Catherine works as a writing consultant, keynote speaker, and teaches internationally.
“The world is made up of stories – not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser