KEY Ingredients of Digital Storytelling

1= FIRST PERSON
We are especially drawn to stories that speak to us first hand about an authentic personal experience.

2= CONVERSATIONAL
Effective first person narrative is “nothing fancy”, like writing a letter or an informal conversation.

3= EMOTION
Passion, frustration, hope, loss, dreams … this is the stuff that makes our lives rich and meaningful. Good stories express a feeling or personal insight (big or small).

4= SCENE
A good story details key moments in such a way that the audience gets a vivid sense of the moment, place, or experience and its impact.

5= CONTRAST
Without contrast, life would be boring. Good stories hold our attention using contrast.

6= VISUALS & SOUNDS
A good digital story speaks with an authentic personal voice enhanced with compelling visuals and sounds.

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DST 101 HME Introductions

Introducing … Hamline Midway Elders DST 101 workshop participants!

Click following link to see ALL WORKSHOP participant INTRODUCTIONS

Also below is each participant’s introduction:

CLAIRE PRESS
TOM FITZPATRICK
JONI O’CONNELL
JUDY GIBSON
GERRY FLOOD
GEORGIA DUNCAN

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DST 101 @ Hamline Midway Elders

What a great workshop today … THANK YOU Hamline Midway Elders and participants Tom, Joni, Gerry, Claire, Georgia & Judy!

Here are links to the stories we watched and discussed today:

“LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER” by Harri & Sian
“MAN TEARS” by Almothana Alshwakeek
“FULL FLAVOR” by by Keith Stout
“LUCINDA” by Elyse Marsh
“WELL RESTORED” by Ros Langford
“PRECIOUS CARGO” by Nan Toskey

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Stories Move in Circles

Stories move in circles.  They don’t move in straight lines.  So it helps if you listen in circles.  There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy  and as hard as finding your way home.  And part of the finding is getting lost.  And when you’re lost, you start to look around and listen.”

–Corey Fischer, Albert Greenberg, and Naomi Newman
A Travelling Jewish Theatre from Coming from a Great Distance
Excerpted from Writing for Your Life by Deena Metzger

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