Storytelling

At Walmart, Every Receipt And Every Leader Has A Story To Tell

Every receipt tells a story and Walmart wanted to get maximum exposure for sharing those stories.<p>Walmart chose the 89th Annual Academy Awards to unveil its new ad campaign, assigning filmmakers like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to create 60-second “films” based on popular items found on Walmart …

Leadership

Getting Creative With Video in the Classroom

While watching the Oscars tonight, I was intrigued to see a promotion that Walmart was running to celebrate the craft of film making. I don’t …

Digital Storytelling

The power of story

Home » Career & Business » The power of story<p>When you think about a story, what comes to mind? Perhaps an enjoyable summer read, or maybe even a …

How Moonlight’s creators made a universally acclaimed window into gay black identity

The Best Picture winner is heavily autobiographical, but stylized as well<p>Since the moment Barry Jenkins’ feature film <i>Moonlight</i> debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in November 2016, it was a critical darling, with rave reviews following it from film festivals to theatrical release to the …

How my best friend lifted me up after a drunken driving conviction

<b>This story first appeared on stage at the Des Moines Storytellers Project: Besties event. The Des Moines Storytellers Project is a series of</b> …

Des Moines

Investors, Beware The Allurement Of Stories!

Of all the behavioral traps that investors succumb to, few stand out as much as the innate tendency to fall prey to stories. The allurement of …

Wall Street

Game writers must be multi-disciplinary masters, says veteran panel

As much as a talent for storytelling, any successful game writer must have a raft of supplementary skills, from from being able to enthuse other team …

Game Development

Sunday’s Episode of ‘Girls’ Was Lena Dunham at Her Most Persuasive — When She’s Telling a Story

"American Bitch," co-starring Matthew Rhys, is a sly meditation on gender, victimhood, and the power of narrative.<p>In a recent interview with comedian …

Lena Dunham

The Rumpus Interview with Melissa Febos

In her essay on Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan Didion tells an anecdote about taking her seven-year-old daughter to the Art Institute of Chicago. After …

The Effects of Storytelling

Because humans are social creatures, we are attracted to stories that give us an opportunity to relate to other people. In this way, storytelling can …

How to use loglines to effectively develop and pitch your stories.

IN ONE of my recent classes on storytelling I invited my screenwriting students to come up with three <b>loglines</b>, before choosing the best amongst …

The Lord of the Rings

The Secret Lives of Books: How Authors Midwife New Classics

(Download this audio — Click Here.)<p>You may not believe this, but the Classics you have read may be just as alive as you…<p>(Considering authors as …

Publishing

Plotting with dialogue

The closest I usually get to plotting is a few scribbled notes on odd bits of paper. And usually this starts when the book is half done.Whenever a …

Joseph Boyden defends his story against allegations

It's been a tough couple of months for the reputation of celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden. First his identity as an indigenous writer was …

Joseph Boyden

Podcast Pick: 'Song Exploder' shares stories behind Oscar-nominated songs

<i>Looking for something new to listen to while you drive to work/go for a walk/wash the dishes? We're here for you. In a weekly series, we're highlighting a podcast, audio personality or specific story worth hearing.</i><p>This week's pick: <i>Song Exploder</i><p>You ever love a song <i>so much</i> that you want to dissect …

Podcasting

The Hero's Journey in Game of Thrones: Arya Stark

<i>What is the Hero’s Journey? It is a basic narrative pattern common across all cultures and time that seems to be shared by all heroic characters.</i> …

Game of Thrones

Storytelling in Street Photography

Many street photography tutorials discuss the same topics over and over—focussing techniques, composition, candid shooting, etc. However, I believe …

Street Photography

The Writer of Hell or High Water Reveals Its Link to Sicario

Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan explains his obsession with the modern American frontier.<p>Taylor Sheridan took two things from his years as a journeyman TV actor. Number one: a paycheck. Sort of. "Acting on a cable show doesn't pay very much, contrary to popular belief," Sheridan says. And number two: …

What Happens Next (or Doesn’t)

There were things my husband brought to the marriage that had to be gotten rid of. The grandfatherly forest green recliner. Certain blocky-looking shirts bought for him by his mother. The occasional phone call from an old girlfriend. There was one item that was a keeper, though, a volume called …

Moonlight writer-director shares secrets from the most suspenseful scene

<i>In the lead-up to this year’s Academy Awards on Feb. 26, EW is taking a closer look at some of the screenplays honored in the original and adapted categories. The nominated writers will break down select pages that were essential to the stories they were telling.</i><p>The Tarell Alvin McCraney play that …

Filmmaking

Pixar’s 15 Rules of Storytelling

On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the …

Effective Snapchat Storytelling Strategies for Businesses (Digital Summit Recap)

February 24, 2017<p>One of the most compelling sessions at 2017’s Digital Summit in Phoenix was Shaun Ayala’s presentation about Effective Snapchat …

Snapchat

Storytellers Podcast: Friendship tales lights up stage

Podcasts of stories featured in the Des Moines Storytellers Project's latest event, "Besties: Tales of Friendship – whether fleeting or …

Des Moines

Know What You Write (Not Write What You Know)

In 2015 I relocated to Tennessee from Louisiana, where my family’s lineage dates back to 1785. During and immediately following the move, I began …

Louisiana

Where to Begin: Teaching in Times of Tumult

« For Black History Month, Study Black Voices Every Day | Main<p>The biggest thing I remember about my first year of teaching was how high the stakes …

Pedagogy

How Pamela Colloff became the best damn writer in Texas

Photo by Jeff Wilson.<p><b>Unemployed college graduate</b> Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road trip in a rusty …

Journalism

INTERVIEW: Charles Soule & Alberto Alburquerque Brace for the Endtimes in Letter 44

Two U.S. presidents fight for the future of humanity, but Earth's fate may come down to a team of astronauts successfully communicating with alien ent

Mind

12 Hip Hop Storytelling Songs

A true storyteller can make you feel what they’re saying in their words and make a story stand out. It’s not just about the story you’re telling, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

North Carolina Storytelling Guild

Mark Your Calendars - You Don't Want to Miss These Events!<p>What's going on out there in storytelling? Here's our list of currently scheduled …

North Carolina

Why business needs raconteurs

I recently sat through a presentation on, ugh, I don’t know… something business process… something systems integration… something… boring as bat shit.<p>…

Public Speaking