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Week 2: What do we mean by “story”?

Our trip begins! I explain it all in this video. Don’t miss it!


Please review  this post with guidelines for responding to the reading before you get started. As you read, keep tabs on the Slack discussion, and share what you’re thinking as you go. We’ll be chatting throughout the week.

Chapter 1: Storytelling for the 21st Century‘ from  The New Digital Storytelling  (see Slack for login info) by Bryan Alexander (Twitter)

Wisdom in the Age of Information (Youtube, 4:35) by Maria Popova (Twitter)

Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen (1-hour read)

Optional but highly recommended: Nanette by Hannah Gadsby (1 hour, Netflix)


Storytelling is a process (they don’t call it “Storytold”!), and it takes time and practice to get good at it. We will practice storytelling at least 4x/week by participating in The Daily Create – a practice created by an open digital storytelling class at University of Mary Washington in 2011. Read more about the Daily Create.

This week, please complete and share on Twitter at least 4 “Daily Creates.” This means that you should be reading the “Daily Create” prompt every day (@ds106dc posts daily on Twitter), and that you should choose 4 of this week’s prompts to respond to. If your schedule makes it hard to spread this activity over 4 days, you *may* post 2 responses in one day (respond to 2 different prompts), but please do not do all 4 in a day. The purpose of this activity is to develop a practice.


Login to our shared Google Earth project and explore where we are! Find a place or landmark nearby that interests you — you may venture away from where we are starting, as long as its within a day’s drive (you’re just a day trip away!). Why does it interest you (i.e. what is your story in connection to it)? What’s interesting about it? What stories does it tell? Do some research and mark the map with what you find. Our goal in the next few weeks will be to make connections to this place and between our interests — and to eventually create some stories!


Use this form to declare your progress in our storytelling explorations this week. I’ll use your response and my observations to give you credit for the work, and will get in touch with you directly if there are any questions or discrepancies.

Photo by  Teymur Gahramanov  on  Unsplash

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