Conference & Festival
October 16-22, 2017
Bucharest, Romania
Oct 16-22, 2017 Sold Out

Tag: Speakers

January 16, 2018

Video: Nikole Hannah-Jones on journalism and rage

Watch this #Story17 video in which award-winning investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke ab...
November 1, 2017

Pat Walters on why journalists should get on board with podcasting

As part of The Power of Storytelling festival, radio journalist and producer Pat Walters gave us a c...
September 26, 2017

Pat Walters likes ambiguity

Radio producer Pat Walters has an eye, or rather an ear, for stories that end differently than you...

Nikole Hannah-Jones: We must hold power accountable

A staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a recipient of a National Magazine Award, a Peab...
September 25, 2017

Thomas French: Narrative is not going away

Get to know celebrated journalist and author Thomas French, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and dedicated...
September 24, 2017

Jacqui Banaszynski: Don’t quit until you get good

Jacqui Banaszynski is returning to The Power of Storytelling this October to share her invaluable wi...
September 12, 2017

11 reasons to join The Power of Storytelling in 2017

The best way to know our speakers and understand what you can learn from them is to consume their wo...
September 7, 2017

Jacqui Banaszynski reflects on a controversial story about modern slavery

Jacqui Banaszynski shared her thoughts about a controversial personal account on modern slavery writ...
September 5, 2017

Paul Browde on death, medicine and full disclosure

Paul Browde learned to be open, fearless and authentic once he made peace with his life as a gay, HI...

Oscars-nominated Murray Nossel believes in healing through stories

Murray Nossel, an Oscars-nominated documentary filmmaker, teacher, and performer, lives and breath...
August 17, 2017

Elie Gardner and the stories that change storytellers’ lives

Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Elie’s work revolves around migration, women’s rights and education,...

Finbarr O’Reilly and the impact of photography

After more than a decade spent covering conflicts as a newswire photographer, Finbarr O’Reilly was...
August 11, 2017

Stories (and books) recommended by past speakers

With one month left of summer, we put together a list of stories and books recommended by our former...
August 8, 2017

10 things Debbie Millman learned the hard way

What we learned from Debbie Millman’s inspiring talk on overcoming rejection at the National Theat...
August 1, 2017

Sarah Stillman on shedding light on human rights issues

Sarah Stillman, staff writer at The New Yorker, always gravitated towards stories at the margins of ...
July 26, 2017

8 things you don’t know about Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman, The Power of Storytelling & Visual Playground's guest on August 7 at the National Th...
July 21, 2017

Jenna Pirog on pioneering storytelling mediums

Jenna Pirog is The New York Times’ first full-time virtual reality editor, so everything she does ...
July 19, 2017

Mindy Fullilove on healing cities

#Story17 speaker Mindy Fullilove dedicated her career to studying the interdependence between enviro...
July 4, 2017

2017 speakers lineup

Now that registration is open, have another look at the incredible lineup of storytellers coming to ...
June 7, 2017

Debbie Millman on designing your life

Come see one of the most influential designers and storytellers working today on Monday, August 7, i...
September 19, 2016

Cătălin Tolontan on the ethics of journalism and the future of media

Cătălin Tolontan is one of the best known and most awarded investigative and sports journalists in...
September 6, 2016

Tim Howard on his path from music to radio

Tim Howard is the Executive Producer at Reply All, a podcast from Gimlet Media. In his free time, he...
August 28, 2016

Jonah Sachs on why stories matter in marketing

Jonah Sachs, the marketing maven of good causes, is returning to The Power of Storytelling after two...
August 16, 2016

Jacqui Banaszynski on the courage of telling stories

Jacqui Banaszynski has been with us from the first edition, both as speaker and as a mentor. She tol...

Tara Skurtu on feeling poetry and letting one’s writing go free

Not getting admitted to medical school made Tara Skurtu follow her passion for poetry. She is now a ...
August 10, 2016

Jon Mooallem on freelancing, the benefits of journalism school and writing about wildlife

Jon Mooallem is the author of Wild Ones, named the best book of 2013 by the New York Times Book Revi...
August 2, 2016

Wendy MacNaughton on using drawings and words to convey human emotion

Through her drawings, Wendy MacNaughton tries to take viewers out of their everyday life and context...
July 31, 2016

Dvora Meyers on writing about your passion

Brooklyn based journalist Dvora Meyers has been researching her niche since she was eight. That’s ...
July 25, 2016

Brian Lindstrom on building intimacy with the subjects of his films

Brian Lindstrom knew he wanted to make films when he was still in primary school. His documentaries ...
July 21, 2016

Caroline Paul on living and writing about a life of adventures

Caroline Paul always knew that she never wanted to have a ”brief case and an office” type of job...
July 17, 2016

Colin Meloy on creating music and performing on stage

Colin’s extensive vocabulary and well known passion for obscure words turned him into one of the m...
July 9, 2016

Cheryl Strayed on fear, hiking alone and writing a bestselling book about the experience

When she felt she reached “the bottom of her life”, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three month hik...
July 4, 2016

David Sedaris: “Keeping a diary helps somehow tame the world around me”

David Sedaris on keeping a diary and what informs his writing: fucked up human behaviour, racial rel...
June 27, 2016

Carson Ellis on her creative process and her advice to young artists

Meet 2016 speaker Carson Ellis: insights into her creative process, her charmed life on a farm and b...
June 23, 2016

New speakers confirmed

Check out the latest additions to the list of speakers you won’t want to miss this October.
May 25, 2016

An evening with David Sedaris

Come meet David Sedaris, one of the best humor writers alive. He will read and sign books on June 20...
May 3, 2016

2016 speakers announced

Meet the superstar storytellers coming to Bucharest on 14-15 October for our 6th edition.
April 7, 2016

Video: Robert Krulwich on Finding Good Stories

Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich's 2015 keynote on finding good stories, asking questions and never ...

Video: John Freeman on The New Nowhere

American writer and literary critic John Freeman talked at the 2015 edition about the role of place ...

Video: Dan Perjovschi on Drawing on Walls

Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi talked at the 2015 edition about the process behind his international...
April 4, 2016

Video: Michael Paterniti on Projecting Stories

Longtime GQ contributor and author of two New York Times bestselling books Michael Paterniti talked ...
March 24, 2016

Video: Wendy MacNaughton on Drawing from Life

Illustrator and graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton talked at the 2015 edition about mixing art and...
March 14, 2016

Video: Richard Hernandez on Mastering Your Visual Voice

Tips and advice on how to create powerful visual stories shared at the 2015 edition by Instagram sup...
February 6, 2016

Video: Leslie Jamison on the Possibilities of the Personal

Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams spoke at the 2015 edition about personal writing.
January 29, 2016

Video: Carmen Bugan on the Language of Memory

Romanian poet and author Carmen Bugan discussed at the 2015 edition the process of creating literary...
January 25, 2016

Video: Jacqui Banaszynski on The Importance of Place

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jacqui Banaszynski spoke at the 2015 edition about the role of place in storie...
December 26, 2015

Reading list: Michael Paterniti

2015 speaker Michael Paterniti recommends some of his favorite books, both fiction and non-fiction, ...
September 28, 2015

Five reasons you should come to The Power of Storytelling in Cluj

With superstar storytellers in all kinds of mediums, this year’s conference is spreading once agai...
August 25, 2015

Carmen Bugan: How a children’s story ended up in the secret police’s files

Carmen Bugan wrote about the experience of growing up in communist Romania and having her father arr...
August 13, 2015

Richard Koci Hernandez on creating art in the age of „social photography”

Photographer and multimedia journalist Richard Koci Hernandez won an Emmy award in 2008 for his docu...
August 11, 2015

14 speakers, 14 reasons to come to The Power of Storytelling

There are hundreds of reasons to join our conference this year, but we narrowed it down to 11 really...
August 6, 2015

Dan Perjovschi: Vanishing Points

Dan Perjovschi draws his trademark figures on the walls of the world’s most important art institut...
August 4, 2015

Alexander Nanau on telling real stories through film

Alexander Nanau tells impressive life stories with empathy and skill, making sure they travel around...
August 3, 2015

Our favourite stories: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti has gone around the world twice looking for stories of people pushed to their limi...
July 29, 2015

Jacqui Banaszynski on stories that make a difference

Jacqui Banaszynski didn’t set out to become a storyteller, but turned out to be one of the most fe...

Chris Jones on doing meaningful work

One of the most important magazine writers in the world weights in on the role luck played in his ca...
July 15, 2015

Leslie Jamison: A cheat sheet

12 things you need to know about the author of The Empathy Exams, a spectacular blend of memoir, rep...

Robert Krulwich on falling in love with your work

Curiosity has followed Robert Krulwich throughout his career, from Columbia Law School, to Award-win...
July 2, 2015

John Freeman on interviewing the most famous authors in the world

An unlikely Midwesterner with a passion for basketball became the universal BFF to the contemporary ...
July 1, 2015

Wendy MacNaughton on drawing people’s stories

Graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton’s journey to illustration was not a common one. Here are some...
June 30, 2015

10 storytelling tips from past editions

We celebrate being only 100 days away from our fifth edition with 10 pieces of advice gathered in th...
June 20, 2015

New speakers confirmed

Check out the latest additions to the list of speakers you won’t want to miss this October.
June 15, 2015

Reading list: Laurie Hertzel

We asked 2011 speaker Laurie Hertzel to recommend some of her favorite nonfiction books to read this...
May 8, 2015

Announcing 2015 speakers

The wait is over. Here are the superstar storytellers coming to Bucharest this October.
January 10, 2015

Letter From Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski, one of our dearest speakers, writes Christmas letters to friends and family ever...
January 9, 2015

Amy O’Leary on getting the audience’s attention

Storytelling techniques that journalists can use to get more attention for their stories in a crowde...
November 24, 2014

Reporting Tips From Jacqui Banaszynski

At the fourth edition of The Power of Storytelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and veteran coac...
October 25, 2014

Cluj edition takeaways

After two days of storytelling wisdom in Bucharest, we moved to Cluj for an afternoon of stories wit...
October 17, 2014

Friday takeaways

What happened on the first day of The Power of Storytelling conference.
October 12, 2014

Q&A De Correspondent: Journalism is Storytelling

De Correspondent co-founders Rob Wijnberg and Ernst-Jan Pfauth talked to us about the challenges beh...
October 7, 2014

Q&A Leigh Hafrey: Storytelling as a leadership tool

We talked with MIT Sloan School of Management Lecturer Leigh Hafrey about the connection between goo...
September 15, 2014

Q&A Jacqui Banaszynski: Pay attention to the world around you

The lessons of a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, editor and teacher to young journalists: be deeply...
September 10, 2014

Reading list for students: Kelley Benham

The assigments Kelley Benham French is recommending to her students at Indiana University.
September 2, 2014

Q&A Amy O’Leary: Everyone is trying to be innovative right now

New York Times reporter and digital specialist Amy O’Leary talked to us about about social media, ...
August 14, 2014

Reading list: Jonah Sachs

Jonah Sachs recommends a list of marketing books for communicators who want to understand their audi...
August 2, 2014

Q&A Lisa Pollak: What makes a good storyteller

Reporter and radio producer Lisa Pollak talked to us about the elements of a good story, what makes ...
July 20, 2014

Reading list: Leigh Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey, a lecturer in ethics, communication, and leadership at MIT’s Sloan School of Managem...
July 2, 2014

Q&A Chris Jones: What we write and read matters

Esquire writer-at-large Chris Jones talked to us about his work, the qualities of a good storyteller...
June 4, 2014

Reading list: Jacqui Banaszynski

We asked Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, editor and teacher Jacqui Banaszynski to recommend some of...