Point of View and the
Emotional Arc of Stories

Loren Niemi and Nancy Donoval 
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2020

​The companion to The Book of Plots this one explores “who is telling the story” and why it matters. Also, and quite deliciously, a dozen variations of Little Red Riding Hood serve as examples.

What Haunts Us

Loren Niemi
Moonfire Publishing, 2019

“What Haunts Us” is a collection of fifteen ghost stories that speak from the page in the voice of the storyteller – at turns comical, unsettling, heartbreaking and wondrous – evoking the full range of human behavior and emotion. From tales set in the northern Minnesota Boundary Waters, to the millennia-spanning landscapes of Europe and the United States, these are stories brimming with a dynamic sense of place and person, imbued with a sense of grounded reality.

Winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Awards for Fiction– Fantasy/ SciFi/ Horror/ Paranormal

The New Book of Plots

Loren Niemi
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2012

​If Inviting the Wolf In… is the theory, this book is the application, exploring 10 useful plot forms with examples and exercises that can be used to create engaging and artful oral or written narratives.

Inviting the Wolf In:
Thinking About Difficult Stories

Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis  
August House Publishers, 2001

​This critically acclaimed book explores the value and necessity of crafting the stories that are hard to hear but harder to tell with numerous samples that are both artful and truthful.