by Colton Gigot
That’s the point Jill wanted to drive home when she approached me recently about editing Cooler by the Lake. Stories are the building blocks underlying the human condition and have shaped volumes of human communication, both past and present. Cave paintings, folk music, bedtime stories, dinner conversations, cover letters, and some of today’s most cutting-edge marketing techniques are either defined by, predicated on, or inextricably tied to stories and the art of storytelling.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, there are few better ways to captivate and connect with your audience—to catch and hold their attention—than telling a great story.
We hope that Cooler by the Lake can become a valuable writing and storytelling resource for you, as a writer, poet, businessperson, or whoever you might be! We’ll be working our hardest not only to show you why we believe stories matter, but also to provide the right tools to make you a better storyteller, personally and professionally.
- StoryStudio Voices
Student and instructor perspectives on the writing process, performance, literary successes and failures, first-times, and more!
- Writing Tips
Follow along as StoryStudio veterans offer helpful hints on everything from finding confidence and being funny to making writing a part of your daily routine.
- Event Spotlights and Local Lit News
Stay connected to StoryStudio and the Chicago lit scene. Get event previews, recaps, and commentary, and hear our thoughts on Chicago’s biggest literary newsmakers.
- Words for Work
Learn how storycraft can help you persuade your boss to let you bring the dog to work, or how clear and concise communications can convince a client to hire you.
Bookmark us now, and be sure to check back each Tuesday as we post new stories, conversations, how-to’s, and more. We promise you won’t regret it.
Because stories really do matter.