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What Works in Stories? Beyond Telling, Let’s do Storymaking

876d6751f72fd4787ae953bb097af902?s=47 Alan Levine
November 09, 2017

What Works in Stories? Beyond Telling, Let’s do Storymaking

Presented in Melbourne, Australia at Chisholm TAFE https://cog.dog/roo/storymaking/

If I say say “Storytelling”, you may conjure the familiar metaphors- cave paintings, campfires, parents reading books. Often it suggests a mode of entertainment. Like most, I have my own internal conversation– “I’m not a storyteller” but I do know can create compelling narratives in teaching that do not give away the plot in the opening objectives.
Rather than defining, constraining storytelling, I share my experiences of creating digital stories and teaching to others of what “works” in formats we know well — books, movies, popular culture. Learn to deploy these elements hands on, with suggestions how you can think of it as more than just a magic spice you sprinkle on your work. A hook of interest, the shape of a narrative, a character to care about, suspension of belief, using less, media metaphors are story techniques that you can integrate into your work as educators.
We will explore storymaking with images, using principles of improv to enhance public speaking, a magic StoryBox, and deploying popular forms of media considered silly (memes and GIFs) for more more meaningful use.

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Alan Levine

November 09, 2017
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  1. WHAT WORKS IN STORIES? BEYOND TELLING, LET’S DO STORYMAKING ALAN

    LEVINE cog.dog/roo/storymaking/
  2. IRONICALLY YOURS, 2007 https://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/

  3. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by pasukaru76: http://flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/3694736727/

  4. PICK A METAPHOR

  5. PICK A METAPHOR

  6. PICK A METAPHOR

  7. PICK A METAPHOR

  8. TELL ME A STORY

  9. (1) FIND SOMEONE

  10. (2) ONE MINUTE:  THE PROMPT

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  12. (2) ONE MINUTE:  THE PROMPT

  13. (2) ONE MINUTE:  THE PROMPT

  14. (3) TWO MINUTES:  TELL AND LISTEN

  15. (3) TWO MINUTES:  TELL AND LISTEN

  16. (3) TWO MINUTES:  SWITCH

  17. (3) TWO MINUTES:  SWITCH

  18. (4) DOUBLE THE GROUP

  19. * THE "SO WHAT?" *

  20. (5) THE RE-TELL

  21. (5) THE RE-TELL

  22. WHAT WORKS? THE OPENING

  23. ONCE UPON A TIME...

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  25. The last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room.
  26. The Last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room. There was a knock at the door. "KNOCK" BY FREDERICK BROWN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_(short_story)
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  30. WHAT WORKS? CHARACTERS

  31. A TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/9zf0dqzTUPk

  32. ANOTHER TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/Lmf0F7JxxXE

  33. MEET MOLLY, THE KID WHO NEVER STOPS INVENTING https://youtu.be/sucKTktHYA8

  34. WHAT WORKS? JUXTAPOSITION

  35. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by kevindooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2172001078/

  36. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by

    chuck_heston: http://flickr.com/photos/chuckheston/383386494/
  37. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by

    Pay No Mind: http://flickr.com/photos/paynomind/65010034/
  38. WHAT MAKES A STORY?

  39. STORIES WE TELL TRAILER HTTP://YOUTU.BE/YTQ4VZ2NYXG

  40. STORIES WE TELL TRAILER HTTP://YOUTU.BE/YTQ4VZ2NYXG “When you are in the

    middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else.” — Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  41. TELLING ~= PERFORMING

  42. creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by cogdogblog: http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/11023534043

  43. TELL ME A STORY

  44. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by

    g-mikee: http://flickr.com/photos/g-mikee/5202927662/
  45. THE PYRAMID

  46. THE LUMPY HILL

  47. THE CYCLE

  48. THE OBVIOUS

  49. WHAT WORKS? STORY SHAPE

  50. KURT VONNEGUT "THE SHAPE OF STORIES" http://youtu.be/oP3c1h8v2ZQ

  51. Paul ZAK: Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc http://youtu.be/DHeqQAKHh3M

  52. The Story Spine by Kenn Adams http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/06/05/back-to-the-story-spine/

  53. WHAT WORKS? THE HOOK

  54. http://youtu.be/IG1ZkW_u_Bw

  55. This American Life: EPISODE 206 Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/206/somewhere-in-the-arabian-
  56. WHAT WORKS? OVERCOMING TENSION

  57. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL RECUT http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/

  58. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL FULL http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/

  59. http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/ “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent

    your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.” —Kurt Vonnegut
  60. WHAT WORKS? EXPECTATIONS

  61. "...a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows

    of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." Samuel Taylor Coleridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief
  62. Troy Library: Book Burning Party http://youtu.be/AoT13m8-Kxo

  63. WHAT WORKS? ANTICIPATION

  64. MONKEYS & APPLE JUICE

  65. MONKEYS & APPLE JUICE

  66. MONKEYS & APPLE JUICE

  67. MONKEYS & APPLE JUICE "A REWARD THAT'S UNPREDICTABLE TYPICALLY COUNTS

    THREE OR FOUR TIMES AS MUCH"
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  69. WHAT WORKS? SHOW, DON’T TELL

  70. JAWS Dinner table scene http://youtu.be/04mIMg4PTO8

  71. BACK OFF “I’M A SCIENTIST”

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  73. Movies Grab Our Attention

  74. Communicate & Grab Attention? http://youtu.be/9_LLj4_3ZRA

  75. http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Be-Such-Scientist-Substance/dp/1597265632

  76. "When it's a simple as two things: arouse and fulfill.

    You need to first arouse your audience and then get them interested in what you have to say; then you need to fulfill their expectations"
  77. http://www.youtube.com/minutephysics

  78. http://www.storyofstuff.org

  79. http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=10387 http://threeacts.mrmeyer.com/

  80. WHAT WORKS? THE “SO WHAT?”

  81. TECHNOLOGY IS JUST A TOOL creative commons licensed (BY) flickr

    photo by katerha: http://flickr.com/photos/katerha/5746905652
  82. “CLAUDE, IT’S JUST A PAINTBRUSH” creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr

    photo by cavale: http://flickr.com/photos/cavale/5619905303
  83. “JIMI, IT’S JUST A GUITAR” creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr

    photo by wiserbailey: http://flickr.com/photos/25084516@N03/5331538409
  84. None
  85. STORY OVER TOOLS creative commons licensed ( BY NC )

    flickr photo by kaje_yomama: http://flickr.com/photos/kajeyomama/4987968865/
  86. MY STORY CARDS

  87. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  88. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by mictlan74: http://flickr.com/photos/mictlan74/3374564653

  89. ! http://pechaflickr.net

  90. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  91. ! http://5card.cogdogblog.com/

  92. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  93. ! assignments.ds106.us

  94. ! assignments.ds106.us/assignments/one-story-four-icons

  95. A QUESTION WHAT REMAINS?

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