The Ultimate Book List on Storytelling

I have been reading books on storytelling for almost 20 years.
Here is the list with the books/audiobooks that helped me understand more about this topic.

Updated July 2021   //   List in alphabetical order



  1. A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling: How to Captivate and Engage Audiences across Multiple Platforms by Andrea Phillips

  2. Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives by Lajos Egri

  3. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

  4. Business Communication 9 Steps to Help You Engage Your Audience by Harvard Business Review

  5. Business Storytelling For Dummies by Karen Dietz

  6. Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers by David Hutchens

  7. Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

  8. Creating Character Bringing Your Story to Life by William Bernhardt

  9. Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman

  10. DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story by Nancy Duarte

  11. Dazzling Description: Painting the Perfect Picture by William Bernhardt

  12. Digital Storytelling: A Creator’s Guide to Interactive Entertainment by Carolyn Handler Miller

  13. Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens by Bobette Buster

  14. Dwight Swain: Master Writing Teacher by Dwight Swain

  15. Effective Business Writing for Success: How to convey written messages clearly and make a positive impact on your readers by Jane Smith

  16. Finish the Script: A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form by Scott King

  17. Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling: A Practical Guide for Beginners by Robert Pratten

  18. Great Mythologies of the World by Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, Robert André LaFleur

  19. Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story by Randy Olson

  20. How Great Science Fiction Works by Gary K. Wolfe

  21. How to Write Selling Humor by Peter Mehlman and Mel Helitzer

  22. Ink Spots: Collected Writings on Story Structure, Filmmaking and Craftsmanship by Brian McDonald

  23. Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling: Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms by Kelly McErlean

  24. Interactive Stories and Video Game Art: A Storytelling Framework for Game Design by Chris Solarski

  25. Interactive Storytelling for Video Games: A Player-Centered Approach to Creating Memorable Characters and Stories by Josiah Lebowitz, Chris Klug

  26. Interactive Storytelling: Techniques for 21st Century Fiction by Andrew Glassner

  27. Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them by John Yorke

  28. Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate by Brian McDonald

  29. Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy

  30. Magnetic Stories: Connect with Customers and Engage Employees with Brand Storytelling by Gabrielle Dolan

  31. Master Storytelling: How to Turn Your Experiences into Stories that Teach, Lead, and Inspire by Mark Carpenter and Darrell Harmon

  32. Memo from the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character by David McKenna, Christopher Vogler

  33. Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media by Marie-Laure Ryan

  34. Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events by Robert J. Shiller

  35. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

  36. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

  37. Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero’s Journey by William Bernhardt

  38. Poetics by Aristotle

  39. Power Stories: The 8 Stories You Must Tell to Build an Epic Business by Valerie Khoo

  40. Putting Stories to Work: Mastering Business Storytelling by Shawn Callahan

  41. Retellable: How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose by Jay Golden

  42. Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told by Blake Snyder

  43. Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get into … & Out by Blake Snyder

  44. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody

  45. Save the Cat! Writes for TV: The Last Book on Creating Binge-Worthy Content You’ll Ever Need by Jamie Nash

  46. Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

  47. Screenwriting for Hollywood by Michael Hauge and Writer’s AudioShop

  48. Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale by Paul Smith

  49. Seven Stories Every Salesperson Must Tell by Mike Adams

  50. Story 10x: Turn the Impossible Into the Inevitable by Michael Margolis

  51. Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, Scene Construction by Larry Brooks

  52. Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron

  53. Story Intelligence: Master Story, Master Life by Richard Stone and Scott Livengood

  54. Story or Die: How to Use Brain Science to Engage, Persuade, and Change Minds in Business and in Life by Lisa Cron

  55. Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling by Larry Brooks

  56. Story Proof: The Science Behind The Startling Power Of Story by Kendall Haven

  57. Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction by William Bernhardt

  58. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

  59. Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart

  60. Storyscaping: Stop Creating Ads, Start Creating Worlds by Gaston Legorburu, Darren McColl

  61. Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers by Tom Dowd, Michael Niederman, Michael Fry and Josef Steiff

  62. Storytelling For Financial: How to Tell Your Story and Differentiate Your Brand by George Diamond

  63. Storytelling for Job Interviews: How to Use Stories, Nail an Interview and Land Your Dream Job by Gabrielle Dolan

  64. Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design by Whitney Quesenbery and Kevin Brooks

  65. Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

  66. Storyworld First: Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your Novel by Jill Williamson

  67. Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks

  68. Telling the Story: The Heart and Soul of Successful Leadership by Geoff Mead

  69. The 24 Laws of Storytelling by Jonathan Baldie

  70. The Art of Creative Writing by Lajos Egri

  71. The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals by Hannah B. Harvey

  72. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative by H. Porter Abbott

  73. The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass

  74. The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction by Erik Bork

  75. The Laws of Brand Storytelling: Win―and Keep―Your Customers’ Hearts and Minds by Ekaterina Walter, Jessica Gioglio

  76. The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative by Stephen Denning

  77. The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

  78. The Narrative Gym: Introducing the ABT Framework For Messaging and Communication by Randy Olson

  79. The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman

  80. The Power of Storytelling: Captivate, Convince, or Convert Any Business Audience Using Stories from Top CEOs by Jim Holtje and Sean Pratt

  81. The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio

  82. The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies by Matthew Freeman, Renira Rampazzo Gambarato (Editors)

  83. The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

  84. The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World by Frank Rose

  85. The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction by David Schmid

  86. The Story Engine: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Content Strategy and Brand Storytelling Without Spending All Day Writing by Kyle Gray

  87. The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons

  88. The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t by Carmine Gallo

  89. The Storytelling Edge: How to Transform Your Business, Stop Screaming into the Void, and Make People Love You by Shane Snow and Joe Lazauskas

  90. The Transmedia Way: A Storytellers, Communicators and Designers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Max Giovagnoli

  91. The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson

  92. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

  93. Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter by William Bernhardt

  94. Transmedia 2.0: How to Create an Entertainment Brand Using a Transmedial Approach to Storytelling by Nuno Bernardo

  95. True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business by Ty Montague

  96. Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results by Rob Biesenbach

  97. Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick

  98. Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell and Live the Best Stories Will Rule the Future by Jonah Sachs

  99. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron

  100. Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

  101. Writing Creative Nonfiction by Tilar J J. Mazzeo

  102. Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques by James Hynes

  103. Writing the Great American Screenplay by Richard Walter and William Froug

  104. Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side by Trish Hall

  105. You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story: The 21st Century Survival Guide To Not Just Telling Stories, But Building Super Stories by Houston Howard and Steven Long Mitchell

  106. Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience by Corey Rosen