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Story Institute brings you story ideas & poetry ideas for the writer in most and the imagination in us all. As you search for that little voice, your inner author, your muse, explore our inspirational quotes and writing tips.

Story Institute was founded to help writers share their stories and provide opportunities to write more. As a small press, Story Institute has published works from authors across the globe. At Story Institute, we help aspiring authors share their successes in print, online, and in person.

We encourage you to find your passion and share it at here or elsewhere, but write and enjoy.

Story Institute News

Story Institutes Announces - Penelope the Lost Pelican by Penny Beevor

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For Immediate release

WINDERMERE, FL – April 17, 2017 – Story Institute, your online and in-print source for imagining, enhancing, and growing stories, is proud to announce the updated publication of Penelope the Lost Pelican, a children’s story, by Penny Beevor.

Join Penelope the pelican and her new friend Dolly, the dolphin, in their adventure to find Penelope's parents. They must hurry and find them before it is time to migrate. Together, Penelope and Dolly search for clues across the Florida coast and meet some other fun animals along the way.

Penelope the Lost Pelican is a tale of friendship, cooperation, and family enjoyed by parents and children across the world. The characters grow out of real scenes from Florida beaches and into your home. Penelope is curious and hopeful. Dolly is playful and brave. Share their story with your adventurous little ones by spending some family time at a Florida beach destination.

Penelope the Lost Pelican is available from online and retail stores May 1, 2017. Order yours today:



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About the Author:

Penny Beevor is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with eighteen years of experience teaching preschool. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Penny has several story ideas and plans to publish more books in the Penelope the Pelican series. If you enjoy Penelope the Lost Pelican, check out Penny’s second book, Bumble Berry ‘Pop’ as well.

About Story Institute:

Since its basic beginnings in 2002 with Timeless Tales, Story Institute has grown to inspire, enhance, and grow your stories personally and professionally while helping share your success in print, online, and in person. Through the sharing of short story and poetry topics, storylines, novel ideas, and hosting writing contests, Story Institute encourages and assists the writer in most of us and the imagination in all of us.

Through Integrity, Ingenuity, Inspiration, Influence, Impact, and Excellence, Story Institute strives to:

* Evoke emotion within our customers that make connections to our communities

* Engage our customers, their families, and clients in active tales that connect their emotions to past knowledge and experiences.

* Empower our partners to use their new knowledge while growing their families, organizations, and stories into a world of their own.


John E. Murray, III, Chief Story Symphonizer, Story Institute

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2016 Writing Contest updates

Story Institute Writing Contest

We had a few questions on the writing contest:

  1. Does the work have to be factual or based on a memoir? The writer can choose the theme of his or her work. We would like to see works align with the theme, but understand that the muse may not be favorable to that topic.
  2. Will there be prizes? Yes, we have a grand prize along with First, Second, and Third awards as well. They range from a $100 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a copy of the publication in which your work appears.
  3. Will other prizes be awarded before and after the contest? Yes, we may randomly run giveaways to writers who have sent us their work. So, enter early and enter often. There are no limits to the amount of times you can enter.

Enter your work today!

Story Ideas

Let your stories shine through

Where do your stories shine through? Every author has a bright spot. Find yours and share it. #storyon #storytelling

Story Idea - Life in a Spark

You’ve seen adventures that begin in a snow globe. How about one that is ignited by the spark of a flame and moves with each new candle lit. With certain flames, we are afforded the opportunity to join the residents of this randomized world. For the people within the spark, the light in one candle can represent years or decades.

Is there night in this world? What are they people like? Who do they represent? Can you find the flame anywhere? Or, is stored in a secluded area and only available to a select few? Where do you find an exit? Do you try? Or, do you enjoy the centuries within?

Decide on the path. Decide on the transportation route. Decide on the stories within. Decide on the path you follow and the path you lead. Decide on the story, and write. Post it here, or share elsewhere, but write and enjoy…

Writing Tips

Find Another Notebook

When I was younger, I began writing because it was not only something I could do by myself, but it was inexpensive…I didn’t have to ask my parents for money…I just had to ask for a notebook. Since we needed them for school and they were only a small amount of money, I would always justify an extra one…you know notes and such…

When one of my friends would get ready to throw theirs out after the quarter or before summer, I said I would take it…As I got older, I started asking for the 3-subject notebooks…to hold more notes, of course…Now, as an adult, I find myself needing to purchase a 50 cent notebook every once in a while to get the creative juices flowing…computers are great, but they are no notebook…

When you find yourself looking for a topic for your poem, short story, or novel, search the web, but don’t forget to look around you. Return to the simpler times…return to the notebook…Enjoy…

Write the Good Write

As you venture through Story Institute looking for story topics, poem ideas, or writing tips, use these guidelines to help with your journey. This post was written for a younger writer who was looking for a complete storyline and character development. We have changed it for a general audience with the hope that others can benefit from the thoughts.

1) Look for ideas, write with a purpose – The topics on Story Institute can not stand alone for a great story. However, the components are there for each writer to add that in. The author decides each step, each character each answer. The questions about what happens next are for those that may not know how to write a story in general. The deeper meaning will come from the writer.

2) Write about things that interest you – If none of the topics or ideas spur a inspiration, visit your favorite sites for topics. Look around you for small things. Many things will have a deeper meaning if we give it one. Take for example the Moving Day topic. There may be too much prompting in that topic. However, if you’ve ever moved, ask yourself how it make you feel? Did you leave behind some good friends? Do you remember them? Does it matter as much now as it did when you moved? Your purpose there is to supply the emotion. Each writer will have their own emotion. Many of the topics are basic and sometimes provide hints at a motive or emotion, however, this is not the way to become a good writer. Good stories are a product of a good writer.

3) Not every story is great , sometimes they are just stories – Take for example Danielle Steel novels. Each one has a formula the author uses to sell books. Ms. Steel even shared how she creates each book the same way. That is how you find so many in the book store. She can write a book within a couple of months. However, it took Mark Twain over 7 years to write Huckleberry Finn. There is more purpose and more meaning in Twain’s work, but it takes time to understand it and most people will not try. Look at all of the movies out now around Snow White…each tell a different version of the classic tale, but they are not as memorable except for the special effects.

4) Write. – If you are looking to find stories to fulfill a school assignment, you can get the checkbox by filling in some of the gaps from the simply ideas on the site. The best way for you to find the inner voice is to write. Take a simple trip to the mall or school and add the adventure you enjoy, zombies, vampires, and all. The purpose can be a life lesson, family related, or saving a book that was the last of an ancient text that provided a cure for cancer. You will learn to do this by writing.

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