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Storytelling can be complex, confusing, and at times, isolating. But by unpacking how stories (and audiences) work, we can slice through the clutter and noise to tell better stories that get our voices heard.

Become an amazing storyteller, reach a broader audience, and make an impact. Jay Sherer, award-winning writer and storytelling executive for the Reclamation Society, and his friends and guests are here to help.

How Stories Work with Jay Sherer The Reclamation Society

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Storytelling can be complex, confusing, and at times, isolating. But by unpacking how stories (and audiences) work, we can slice through the clutter and noise to tell better stories that get our voices heard.

Become an amazing storyteller, reach a broader audience, and make an impact. Jay Sherer, award-winning writer and storytelling executive for the Reclamation Society, and his friends and guests are here to help.

    The Story Geeks is becoming... How Stories Work with Jay Sherer - Here‘s Why!

    The Story Geeks is becoming... How Stories Work with Jay Sherer - Here‘s Why!

    When did I subscribe to How Stories Work with Jay Sherer? Well... technically, you didn't. This is The Story Geeks channel, but undergoing our new REBRAND! Don't worry, I think you'll continue to dig the content. But, I also wanted to let you know a bit more about the change in today's episode. Here are some highlights:


    Personal Thanks:


    I have been exceedingly blessed by all your support and encouragement and by our interaction over the years! Thank you for being a part of our support system! It means so much to me!


    Team Thanks:


    I'm also exceedingly grateful to The Story Geeks team and everything they've done over the last 5 years! They've been amazing!


    Branding Update:


    I'm rolling out an entirely new show. It's very similar to The Story Geeks, but also has some major differences. The new show will be called How Stories Work with Jay Sherer. I've resisted "personal branding" for a long time, but now I'm leaning into it a bit more. It's a bit scary, but I think (hope!) it's going to be good!





     


    Changes:


    Here's a brief list of what's changing:


    The Story Geeks podcast channel - same feed, but re-branded to How Stories Work with Jay Sherer. No need to subscribe somewhere else.

    The Art of Storytelling - The Story Geeks YouTube channel - same channel, but re-branded to How Stories Work with Jay Sherer. No need to subscribe somewhere else.

    The Story Geeks Twitter - same account, but rebranded to @StorytellingHSW. No need to follow a new account.

    The Story Geeks Instagram account - same account, but rebranded to @howstorieswork. No need to follow a new account.

    The Story Geeks Facebook Group - will remain active, but long-term I won't post as much here. Sorry!


    HERE'S THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE...


    The OLD Patreon account will be deactivated...

    The NEW Patreon account will be here: https://www.patreon.com/howstorieswork


    Why would I change Patreon accounts? Well, I didn't want to assume that all you amazing people would want to keep supporting my new channel. Yes, it's VERY similar, but it's not the same and it doesn't seem right to switch it without giving you the option of no longer supporting me. But know this, whether or not you choose to keep supporting me (and the Reclamation Society), I have been THRILLED and HUMBLED by all your support thus far.


    I hope you'll support the new show over at https://www.patreon.com/howstorieswork, but I will TOTALLY understand if you choose not to.


     


    You're all wonderful people, amazing supporters, and on behalf of our whole team, we are SO GRATEFUL for all you've meant to us!


    Jay Sherer (always and forever a Story Geek)


     


    PS. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me!

    • 6 min
    INGLORIOUS - A 1-hr Conversation About a 20-min Scene - Great Movie Openings

    INGLORIOUS - A 1-hr Conversation About a 20-min Scene - Great Movie Openings

    INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - A Fantastic 20-minute Opening Scene...
    Suspenseful. Well-written. And 20 minutes full of greatness. Quentin Tarantino wrote one helluva opening scene! And Caleb and Jay will discuss it for over an hour...


    Special thanks to the sponsor of today's show, DOR VAHDOR! Learn more about DOR VAHDOR at https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor. See below for a longer description!


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER - Jay and Nathan's Novel and Full-cast Audiobook: http://deathofabountyhunter.com


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/329134


    More great movie openings are coming for the following films:


    ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    UP - Aug 9th 

    INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 23rd

    THE MATRIX - Sep 6th

    WATCHMEN - Sep 20th

    MOULIN ROUGE - Oct 4th


    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
    *Dor Vahdor Volume I: Creation, Angels, War is now available on Barns & Noble and Amazon via the link below: https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor/


    *The Legend of Lucifer, Heaven's Great War, and the Adventure of Preflood Earth, the Supreme Supernatural Fantasy Series of our time, await you! In the lands of Kelahdünia & Varmabulretz: Monsters, Giants, Humans, Heroes, Villains, gods, Battle for Supremacy! It shall plunge your mind beyond the Kozmos and the limits of your imagination.


    *The Dor Vahdor music of the Main Theme and Shamayim Suite are epic Illiads at the crossroads of adventure, mystery, majesty, and mighty power designed to pair Volume I books (chapters), and are available at the link: https://novusrenaissancellc.bandcamp.com/releases


    *The epic Dor Vahdor-Verse video promo featuring Incredible Artwork not featured in the book, The Shamayim Suite, Dor Vahdor Main Theme, and War Themes!
    https://fb.watch/6dY413S2hq/


    *Merchandise at Redbuddle & Teespring:
    https://novusrenaissance.com/merchandise/


    *Art:
    https://novusrenaissance.com/art/


    *Novus Renaissance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novusrenaissancellc/channel/


    #TheStoryGeeks #Westerns #WritingPodcast

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Watching Return of the Jedi for the FIRST Time! - Star Wars Podcast

    Watching Return of the Jedi for the FIRST Time! - Star Wars Podcast

    Watching STAR WARS: Return of the Jedi for the FIRST time! - Star Wars Reaction (Full Podcast)



    Mike has never seen Star Wars. We had to fix that. Join Jay Sherer as he watches Star Wars with a newbie and gets his reaction! Jay and Mike break down Episode 6: Return of the Jedi to see what it's like for someone who has never seen Star Wars to watch it for the first time!


    What are Mike's thoughts on Return of the Jedi and the close of the Original Star Wars Trilogy? Does Return of the Jedi hold up 38 years later? Is Luke Skywalker cooler in Return of the Jedi than the previous two Star Wars films? In this full length Star Wars podcast, Mike and Jay discover what it's like to watch Star Wars for the first time as an adult. Plus, there's a great Star Tours reference in there! What was already spoiled for Mike by Star Wars being so popular in our current culture?


    Jay and Mike tackle all those questions and more.


    *Join The Story Geeks Facebook Group (FREE)* https://www.facebook.com/groups/thestorygeeks


    *TheStoryGeeks.com (Blog & Patreon):* https://www.patreon.com/thestorygeeks/


    *The Story Geeks Podcast:* https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105


    Special thanks to the sponsor of today's show, DOR VAHDOR! Learn more about DOR VAHDOR at https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor. See below for a longer description!


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER - Jay and Nathan's Novel and Full-cast Audiobook: http://deathofabountyhunter.com


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/329134


    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:


    *Dor Vahdor Volume I: Creation, Angels, War is now available on Barns & Noble and Amazon via the link below: https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor/


    *The Legend of Lucifer, Heaven's Great War, and the Adventure of Preflood Earth, the Supreme Supernatural Fantasy Series of our time, await you! In the lands of Kelahdünia & Varmabulretz: Monsters, Giants, Humans, Heroes, Villains, gods, Battle for Supremacy! It shall plunge your mind beyond the Kozmos and the limits of your imagination.


    *The Dor Vahdor music of the Main Theme and Shamayim Suite are epic Illiads at the crossroads of adventure, mystery, majesty, and mighty power designed to pair Volume I books (chapters), and are available at the link: https://novusrenaissancellc.bandcamp.com/releases


    *The epic Dor Vahdor-Verse video promo featuring Incredible Artwork not featured in the book, The Shamayim Suite, Dor Vahdor Main Theme, and War Themes! https://fb.watch/6dY413S2hq/


    *Merchandise at Redbuddle & Teespring: https://novusrenaissance.com/merchandise/


    *Art: https://novusrenaissance.com/art/


    *Novus Renaissance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novusrenaissancellc/channel/


    #TheStoryGeeks #StarWars #ROTJ

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Pixar's UP - The Most Emotional Opening Sequence in Cinematic History?

    Pixar's UP - The Most Emotional Opening Sequence in Cinematic History?

    Pixar's UP - All the Emotions
    Certainly one of the best, most emotional opening scenes in cinematic history: Pixar's UP, "Married Life." Jay Sherer and Chris Rosa break down the art of storytelling in this opening scene from Pixar's UP in the latest episode of the Impactful Writing Podcast!


    Watch the opening scene from Pixar's UP here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yjAFMNkCDo


    Read Pixar's UP script here: https://www.scriptslug.com/assets/uploads/scripts/up-2009.pdf


    Special thanks to the sponsor of today's show, DOR VAHDOR! Learn more about DOR VAHDOR at https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor. See below for a longer description!


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER - Jay and Nathan's Novel and Full-cast Audiobook: http://deathofabountyhunter.com


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/329134


    More great movie openings are coming for the following films:


    ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    UP - Aug 2nd (YouTube)/Aug 9th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 16th (YouTube)/Aug 23rd (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    THE MATRIX - Aug 30th (YouTube)/Sep 6th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    WATCHMEN - Sep 13th (YouTube)/Sep 20th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    MOULIN ROUGE - Sep 27th (YouTube)/Oct 4th (The Story Geeks Podcast)


    Pixar's UP - DISCUSSION TOPICS


    What makes Pixar's UP opening scene great?

    Pixar's UP has, arguably, one of the most emotionally potent openings in cinematic history. What gives it that emotional punch?

    One could argue that the opening of Pixar's UP works far better than the rest of the film. Do you agree? Does it hurt the rest of the film

    What are some key storytelling elements that we can learn from Pixar's UP opening scene as we craft our own opening scenes?


    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
    *Dor Vahdor Volume I: Creation, Angels, War is now available on Barns & Noble and Amazon via the link below: novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor/
    *The Legend of Lucifer, Heaven's Great War, and the Adventure of Preflood Earth, the Supreme Supernatural Fantasy Series of our time, await you! In the lands of Kelahdünia & Varmabulretz: Monsters, Giants, Humans, Heroes, Villains, gods, Battle for Supremacy! It shall plunge your mind beyond the Kozmos and the limits of your imagination.
    *The Dor Vahdor music of the Main Theme and Shamayim Suite are epic Illiads at the crossroads of adventure, mystery, majesty, and mighty power designed to pair Volume I books (chapters), and are available at the link: https://novusrenaissancellc.bandcamp.com/releases
    *The epic Dor Vahdor-Verse video promo featuring Incredible Artwork not featured in the book, The Shamayim Suite, Dor Vahdor Main Theme, and War Themes!
    https://fb.watch/6dY413S2hq/
    *Merchandise at Redbuddle & Teespring:
    https://novusrenaissance.com/merchandise/
    *Art:
    https://novusrenaissance.com/art/
    *Novus Renaissance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novusrenaissancellc/channel/


    #TheStoryGeeks #Westerns #WritingPodcast

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Once Upon a Time in the West... Plus Marvel vs DC? - Great Opening Scenes

    Once Upon a Time in the West... Plus Marvel vs DC? - Great Opening Scenes

    Once Upon a Time in the West - Great Opening Scenes
    Train's coming... and in an ultimate, western slow burn opening scene, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST builds the tension brilliantly. Jay Sherer and Leo Partible break down the art of storytelling in this opening scene from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST in the latest episode of the Impactful Writing Podcast!


    Watch the opening scene from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QML28YQBvyc


    Special thanks to the sponsor of today's show, DOR VAHDOR! Learn more about DOR VAHDOR at https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor. See below for a longer description!


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER - Jay and Nathan's Novel and Full-cast Audiobook: http://deathofabountyhunter.com

    LEO'S SOUNDTRACK: https://leopartible.bandcamp.com/

    LEO'S INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/leopartiblelp7/

    CALEB'S WEBSITE: https://www.calebmonroe.com/


    More great movie openings are coming for the following films:


    ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    UP - Aug 2nd (YouTube)/Aug 9th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 16th (YouTube)/Aug 23rd (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    THE MATRIX - Aug 30th (YouTube)/Sep 6th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    WATCHMEN - Sep 13th (YouTube)/Sep 20th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    MOULIN ROUGE - Sep 27th (YouTube)/Oct 4th (The Story Geeks Podcast)


    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - DISCUSSION TOPICS


    What makes ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST's opening scene great?

    Does the pacing of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST's opening scene work or does it actually play out for too long?

    What does this opening scene from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST set up for the rest of the story?

    What are some key storytelling elements that we can learn from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST's opening scene as we craft our own opening scenes?


     


    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:


    *Dor Vahdor Volume I: Creation, Angels, War is now available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon via the link below: https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor


    *The Legend of Lucifer, Heaven's Great War, and the Adventure of Preflood Earth, the Supreme Supernatural Fantasy Series of our time, await you! In the lands of Kelahdünia & Varmabulretz: Monsters, Giants, Humans, Heroes, Villains, gods, Battle for Supremacy! It shall plunge your mind beyond the Kozmos and the limits of your imagination.


    *The Dor Vahdor music of the Main Theme and Shamayim Suite are epic Illiads at the crossroads of adventure, mystery, majesty, and mighty power designed to pair Volume I books (chapters), and are available at the link: https://novusrenaissancellc.bandcamp.com/releases


    *The epic Dor Vahdor-Verse video promo featuring Incredible Artwork not featured in the book, The Shamayim Suite, Dor Vahdor Main Theme, and War Themes! https://fb.watch/6dY413S2hq/


    *Merchandise at Redbuddle & Teespring: https://novusrenaissance.com/merchandise/


    *Art: https://novusrenaissance.com/art/


    *Novus Renaissance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novusrenaissancellc/channel/


    #TheStoryGeeks #Westerns #WritingPodcast

    • 1 hr 20 min
    It's deep... ALIEN: COVENANT - Great Movie Openings

    It's deep... ALIEN: COVENANT - Great Movie Openings

    ALIEN: COVENANT - BREAKING DOWN THIS GREAT MOVIE OPENING
    We're back for Season 2 of the Impactful Writing Podcast as a part of The Story Geeks Network and the Art of Storytelling YouTube channel! Season 2 is all about great openings. Starting with one of Caleb's recommendations, ALIEN: COVENANT. We'll dig deeper into ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene to determine what makes this a great movie opening.


    What do YOU love about ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene? Let us know in the comments down below! And watch the movie before you watch our listen to our show!


    Watch ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene here: https://vimeo.com/241358352


    Special thanks to the sponsor of today's show, DOR VAHDOR! Learn more about DOR VAHDOR at https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor. See below for a longer description!


    DEATH OF A BOUNTY HUNTER ("If Quentin Tarantino wrote a deeply spiritual story..."): http://deathofabountyhunter.com

    CALEB'S WEBSITE: https://www.calebmonroe.com/


    More great movie openings are coming for the following films:


    ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    UP - Aug 2nd (YouTube)/Aug 9th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 16th (YouTube)/Aug 23rd (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    THE MATRIX - Aug 30th (YouTube)/Sep 6th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    WATCHMEN - Sep 13th (YouTube)/Sep 20th (The Story Geeks Podcast)

    MOULIN ROUGE - Sep 27th (YouTube)/Oct 4th (The Story Geeks Podcast)


    ALIEN: COVENANT - DISCUSSION TOPICS


    What makes ALIEN: COVENANT's opening scene compelling? What can we learn from the screenwriters in terms of this approach to storytelling and writing?

    Does this scene make sense if you haven't seen the previous films? As a storyteller/writer, how much should we be thinking about that?

    What's the deeper philosophical question this scene asks? Why should we care about that from a storytelling or writing standpoint?

    How does this opening scene set up the rest of ALIEN: COVENANT as a story?

    What are the key storytelling elements that matter to the audience in this opening scene?

    What are the key storytelling/writing elements that matter to the storytellers in this scene?


     


    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:


    Dor Vahdor Volume I: Creation, Angels, War is now available on Barns & Noble and Amazon via the link below: https://novusrenaissance.com/dor-vahdor/


    The Legend of Lucifer, Heaven's Great War, and the Adventure of Preflood Earth, the Supreme Supernatural Fantasy Series of our time, await you! In the lands of Kelahdünia & Varmabulretz: Monsters, Giants, Humans, Heroes, Villains, gods, Battle for Supremacy! It shall plunge your mind beyond the Kozmos and the limits of your imagination.


    The Dor Vahdor music of the Main Theme and Shamayim Suite are epic Illiads at the crossroads of adventure, mystery, majesty, and mighty power designed to pair Volume I books (chapters), and are available at the link: https://novusrenaissancellc.bandcamp....


    The epic Dor Vahdor-Verse video promo featuring Incredible Artwork not featured in the book, The Shamayim Suite, Dor Vahdor Main Theme, and War Themes! https://fb.watch/6dY413S2hq/

    Merchandise at Redbuddle & Teespring: https://novusrenaissance.com/merchand...

    Art: https://novusrenaissance.com/art/

    Novus Renaissance Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novusrenais...


    #TheStoryGeeks #Alien #WritingPodcast

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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Five stars all the way!

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An innovative podcast!

The Story Geeks Podcast is doing what most geek style shows aren’t. They’re not just going deep into our favorite storylines or characters but adding the philosophy and psychological implications that most podcasts don’t.

Breaking down characters like Thanos, Superman, Aquaman and more for our enjoyment. Story Geeks is a must listen!

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