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IAM Encounter 10: How Then Shall We Tell Stories?

I hope you enjoy this presentation of my visit to Encounter 10, the 2010 arts conference hosted by International Arts Movement.

This talk was my response to a question posed to me by the IAM team. I had the privilege of sharing thoughts in response to the question “How Then Shall We Tell Stories?” (This followed my ” IAM conversation” with the sensational Christy Tennant, which you can listen to here.)

It’s a variation on an evolving presentation that I’ve shared at Seattle Pacific University, Calvin College, Biola University, Northwestern College… and most recently The Glen Workshop (or “Glen West”, as the Santa Fe event is now called), where I expanded the presentation to almost an hour.

If you enjoy it, you’ll find many of these ideas and anecdotes in my book Through a Screen Darkly.

Encounter 10: Jeffrey Overstreet on the how of storytelling from International Arts Movement on Vimeo.

I’m disabling comments on this post (partly because my new book deadline is keeping me too busy to moderate comments promptly). But if you email your comments and questions to me at, I’ll be glad to respond by email or in an upcoming “Ask Me Anything” post.

Oh, and by the way…

This is what I’m so busy finishing. You’ll find it in stores in March.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email

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