Archives For Storytelling

50 Narrative Devices for Non-fiction Storytellers

“In a world getting more complex and fast moving all the time, the need for good objective storytelling is more vital than ever.”

In October Adam Westbrook, founder of Inside the Story Magazine, tweeted 50 things he had learned about the craft of storytelling using the hashtag #story50.

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This amazing graphic takes some of the thousands of tropes (conventions and devices found within creative works) from the TV Tropes wiki and sets them out in a very creative way.

As one commenter said ‘Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.’

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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The Future of Storytelling (Mass Open Online Course): Enrolments Now Open

Are you interested in the mechanics of current fiction formats? Do you want to better understand how stories are told?

Enrolments are open for The Future of Storytelling, a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) presented by Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. This free, interdisciplinary course is aiming to bring together hundreds of media researchers, creators and students from around the world and will cover topics ranging from storytelling basics to how new online tools are changing the way stories are told and perceived.

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Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship 2014

Universal Pictures has announced it will be offering a new fellowship for emerging screenwriters in 2014. The aim of the program is to ‘identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.’ The fellowship will allow the selected writers to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. The successful fellowship recipients will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year.

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling were first tweeted by story artist Emma Coats in 2012. Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat, has taken 12 of these rules and illustrated them using Lego. Enjoy!

1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

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Ira Glass is the iconic voice of American public radio program This American Life. The program first debuted in November 1995 and since its very first episode Glass has served as both the show’s host and executive producer.

In this four-part video series Ira Glass discusses the building blocks of a great story, how hard it can be to find a decent story, good taste, and the common errors that beginners make.

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How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain