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 February 8. And stories would be due to me—to share with all students—on February 1.

 

I would like to take a poll. Would you all want to wait a week, so that you have a little more time to write your stories? Meaning, we would find a time sometime during the week of February 15 to meet online to share our stories. We would need to share them the previous week--meaning they would be due February 8.

 

Please let me know your preference via email.

 

Whatever we decide, I will then send out a doodle poll to try to find the best time for everyone.

 

Finally, I've left the definition of your 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 1500 words. If you'd 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,

Barbara

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