Travel Blog: Story assignment

In The New Digital Storytelling, Bryan Alexander succinctly defines story as, “For a given audience, a story is a sequence of content, anchored on a problem, which engages that audience with emotion and meaning” (13). Let’s accept this definition — a good outline of the basic elements a story needs in order to be. But let’s also take it further by asking:

Beyond what a story needs in order to be, what does a story need in order to be good?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve read about the theory and practice of storytelling, its roles and impacts in our brains and in our societies. We’ve explored strange, playful, and compelling stories. What, in your experience, has made any of these stories worth engaging with?


Please compose a focused, engaging response to this question and post it to our shared “Travel Blog.” Posts should be ~1500* and must include linked references to at least 3 external sources. External sources may include course readings, class discussions (quote your peers’ Slack comments! But be sure to ask them for permission first), or independent research.

These posts will be collaboratively assessed by the writer and instructor according to this checklist of post requirements. Please consult the checklist to help guide your writing.

Remember that your travel buddies are here to help you! Post your reflections, challenges, and/or drafts anytime in Slack for feedback or a little push to keep going.

*If you choose to include video or other media, that’s great! You may reduce your word count appropriately.


Your post is due by midnight on Monday, 2/10.

If you are a student in this course, you are already registered as an author on this website. You may login using the main menu and create your post from the WordPress Dashboard. Need help? Try eCampus’s “Help for Students” site or ask in Slack.

Upon completing your post, please self-assess your work using this form, then sign up for a 1-1 conference with Kendell using this calendar. The form and conference are required. If you cannot find an appointment that suits your schedule, DM Kendell in Slack to arrange a better time.

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