The Storytelling Animal

I had the opportunity to take sketch notes of a speech by Jonathan Gottschall, author of "The Storytelling Animal".  "Story" has been a big theme this year at meetings and events. Jonathan encapsulated many of the reasons stories are so important to us as humans, and you can see the highlights of his talk in the my sketch notes.  He shared a terrific quote by Stephen King:  "I make you like a character, then I torture them."


You can read more about him and his book at

Jonathan Gottschall is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. His research is at the intersection of science and art has frequently been covered in outlets like The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education,  Nature, Science, and NPR. His blog, The Storytelling Animal, is featured at Psychology Today.  The Storytelling Animal was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.

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Sketch Notes from SCBWI in LA