Narrative Digital Storytelling

This week, our last in the “Technology” leg of our trip, we’ll shift focus almost completely from reading/consuming to creating. This is a shift we’ve been making since we began this leg of the trip, focused on the question: How does being digital enable new aspects of storytelling? Or, more succinctly, what can digital storytelling do? This week, we’ll try to articulate responses to that question while we forge forward in praxis — the thinking and doing of storytelling!

CREATE

A digital story in the style of the The Story Center (formerly Center for Digital Storytelling), which is video-based and features a series of images with voiceover narration. We are going to take this assignment on together in 3 distinct steps:

  1. By Thursday, read “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling” (Lambert & Hessler, PDF in Slack) and post the story you’d like to tell to the #story-circle channel in Slack. Expect discussion and further development of the idea.
  2. By Saturday, write a script for your story. Stories should be 4-6 minutes long. You may share your script in the #story-circle for feedback (this isn’t required).
  3. By Monday, share a link to your video in the #story-circle. While you may use any video creation tool that allows you to create visual stories with voiceover (see Story Center website for examples), I recommend Adobe Spark. For Creative Commons licensed media you can use in your story, see the list at the bottom of this page.

REFLECT

Write a post for our travel blog that responds to the question we’ve been asking: How does being digital enable new aspects of storytelling? Or, more succinctly, what can digital storytelling do?

500-1000 words. Please incorporate and link to at least 2 sources that support your response — something we read in class, a Daily Create, a comment from a colleague (no link required if in Slack), or something else entirely. If writing about digital storytelling inspires you to create a digital story, you may change medium and ignore word count requirements.