I recently read a book by Donald Miller entitled A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It is a book about the importance of story for finding meaning in our lives. Specifically, it is about finding out what makes stories compelling and then trying to incorporate those things into one's own life.
In the book, Miller mentions Robert McKee. McKee is a writer who teaches people to tell stories. He is probably most familiar to the general public through his portrayal by Brian Cox in the 2002 film Adaptation. McKee has written books for screen writers and gives seminars on how to write screenplays. I ran across this quote of his about story and thought I would pass it along.
"Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact." — Robert McKee