Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Storytelling Strategies

Below you will find links to pages that contain all kinds of ideas for how to tell a story in your own way. I hope these suggestions can be useful as you are planning your Storybook project and also for the stories you will be writing every week for class. In the box below, you will see ideas pop up at random; reload the page for another random idea:

To learn more, click on the links below to explore the wide world of storytelling styles. You can also browse through the Storytelling Style Gallery with the main first-person / third-person pages along with the related pages all displayed together.

Also, remember that these are just some ideas for you to ponder... and there are an infinite number of storytelling styles you can use! So, don't feel limited by this list - just let your imagination run wild!

First-Person Storyteller(s). Includes, letters, therapy, court cases, interviews, conversations - all kinds of first-person storytelling scenarios. There are some related subpages for the first-person style section:
Diary styles
Social Media styles

Third-Person Style: Omniscient. Includes postscripts and prequels, magical books, poems and songs, or special settings like the OU campus, haunted houses, etc. There are also some related subpages for this third-person style section:
News and Newspapers
Quests and Mysteries
Moderizing, Futurizing
Time Travel

Third-Person Style with Storyteller(s). Here you will find ideas for all kinds of storytellers, including gossips, gurus, gods, and tour guides, to name just a few.

Television Shows as Storytelling Style. This page contains a list of the television shows that have been successfully turned into Storybooks.

Children's Stories. For any style you are using, you can also choose to write your stories with an audience of children in mind. To get some ideas about writing for children, taking a look at some of these past Storybooks with children as the audience.

Users Choose. This page explains how you can use webpages and links to create a "choose your own adventure" type of Storybooks.

Orpheus, the ancient Greek musician, poet and prophet,
surrounded by an audience of animals.
(image source)

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