Our Story

The Art of Oral Storytelling

AOST is the short-hand nickname of The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal. It is a journal founded by story creator, story teller, story catcher and story worker Lana Woolf.

Our Mission: The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal aims to be a valuable resource for aspiring, emerging and professional storytellers.

How we aim to do this: We seek to open, consider and advance the exploration of storytelling practice by publishing articles and images on a wide variety of topics related to oral storytelling as a social, cultural or academic discourse, and in a variety of professional and disciplinary contexts. AOST focuses on creative nonfiction writing and images by storytellers and story catchers about storytelling. We are particularly interested in work that reflects the diversity of our storytelling experiences and practice. We welcome experiential work. We will not publish any work that is demeaning or perpetuates negative stereotypes. The Art of Oral Storytelling keeps an open and critical dialogue on all issues to do with the practice of storytelling.

AOST is the brain child of editor, Lana Woolf. A story-worker and poet herself, Lana realised she felt more comfortable working with story that telling stories (at least in a performative manner – she does realise she tells stories all day every day! ). She started searching for information and resources on storytelling, but realised it more fed into her work as a story worker strengthening communities, than a storyteller – telling stories. So, she decided to create her own resource. She hope that this free online journal can sit comfortably next to all the videos on youtube of storytelling performances, in supporting the ongoing development of the tradition of oral storytelling.