The Power of Storytelling

Winter 2021

Week Four

Hi Storytellers!


I've been so excited to see some of your work online! We've had some beautiful poems and stories, and we're starting up some conversations, which is great. I'm hoping you see how thinking a little differently, outside the box, can produce some creative and unexpected prose. Let's continue the discussion!


This week we talk about characters and setting—and one of my favorite ways to spice up our stories.


The stories I talk about in some detail are:


Next week we'll talk about polishing your stories, as well as have a mini-publishing overview. And then the final class is where we present our stories for discussion. That would be the week of October 18. I will send out a doodle poll to try to find the best time for everyone to meet via Zoom. 

Your final stories will be due to me—to share with all students—on October 11.


Finally, I've left the definition of your final stories that you will be presenting pretty generic on purpose because I want you to write what you want to write about. I know several of you have projects that you're working on, which you brought to the class. Please write (or share) up to 1200 words. If you still don't know what you're writing about and would rather have a prompt, feel free to try writing a story about one of these:

  • The bravest moment of your life

  • The experience of overcoming a fear

  • The moment your life changed forever

  • The biggest loss you have experienced

  • When you were taught a lesson by a child

  • A female role model in your life

  • Turn one of the last texts you sent into a story

  • An accident that changed everything

  • When you have the urge of hiding in a hole

  • If you could change one thing about yourself

  • A near-death experience

  • Something you can't resist


You are also free to take any of our homework exercises and polish those, into a story you would like to share.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or would like to brainstorm a little bit.


Have an inspired week! 


All the best,


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