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W21/S21 Alberta Authors

Richard Van Camp on the Joy of Storytelling
By (author): Richard Van Camp
Richard Van Camp


University of Regina Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 14, 2021
$19.95 CAD


215.9 x 127 x 12.7 mm | 250 gr

Page Count:

162 pages
University of Regina Press
Creative writing and creative writing guides
Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award 2022, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A joyful work from master storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp on the power of storytelling. Gather offers insights into what makes a story sing and how to captivate an audience.
Stories are medicine. During a time of heightened isolation, bestselling author Richard Van Camp shares what he knows about the power of storytelling—and offers some of his own favourite stories from Elders, friends, and family.

Gathering around a campfire, or the dinner table, we humans have always told stories. Through them, we define our identities and shape our understanding of the world.

Master storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp writes of the power of storytelling and its potential to transform speakers and audiences alike.

In Gather, Van Camp shares what elements make a compelling story and offers insights into basic storytelling techniques, such as how to read a room and how to capture the attention of listeners. And he delves further into the impact storytelling can have, helping readers understand how to create community and how to banish loneliness through their tales. A member of the Tlicho Dene First Nation, Van Camp also includes stories from Elders whose wisdom influenced him.

During a time of uncertainty and disconnection, stories reach across vast distances to offer connection. Gather is a joyful reminder of this for storytellers: all of us.

  • Nationally renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp explains
    basic storytelling techniques, what works, what doesn’t, and the transformative
    power of stories.
  • Author of bestselling novel and movie The Lesser Blessed,
    as well as Little You, Moccasin Square Gardens and many more.

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, and the author of over twenty books, including the Eisner-nominated graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies. His bestselling novel The Lesser Blessed is a movie that has received critical acclaim. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta. You can visit Richard on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.richardvancamp.com.

"Van Camp writes with the same sincerity and enthusiasm characteristic of his oral storytelling, using colloquial language and self-deprecating humour that invites readers to snuggle up and get cosy while the story unfolds on the pages." —Winnipeg Free Press

Praise for Van Camp:

“Stories and storytellers are an important part of what makes us human. Van Camp’s stories, whether they feature light comedy, family discord and reconciliation or his vivid images of the legendary Wheetago monsters, revived by global warming and horrifically hungry for human flesh, are gifts to the reader.” —Vancouver Sun

“Van Camp is…a brilliant weaver of tales.” —Quill & Quire

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