The Digital Future of Storytelling
December 03, 2013
Storytelling, a craft as old as time itself, is enjoying a significant resurgence of popularity in the modern age. As with all steadfast practices made new again, storytelling is getting a digital facelift and evolving to include technology and the innovative minds who manipulate it.
Thanks, in part, to the buzz surrounding our forthcoming Woodneath Story Center and our recent announcement of our new partnership with the National Storytelling Network, the idea of storytelling as a viable medium--as an art form worth maintaining--is gaining ground within the MCPL community, and we couldn’t be happier.
This coming Saturday, December 7th, at the Woodneath Library Center, we will host Jason Ohler for his presentation, The Digital Future of Storytelling, at 2:00 p.m. Ohler is a well-known speaker and educator on the subject; he has published several titles on digital storytelling.
He believes in the cultural necessity of storytelling and educating others who would practice the skill. It is a huge part of our history, and Ohler says digital storytelling is the medium that will maintain its relevancy into the future. His presentation is meant to be a practical look at resources and a chance to ask questions. Given that, his presentation is also intended for a very broad audience. It makes sense if you consider the reach.
Educators are using storytelling as a powerful teaching tool. Business owners use it to open the lines of communication with employees and customers. Artists of all mediums are using technology to tell their stories. Every storytime librarian revives the tradition each time they open a book and read aloud to a crowd of young minds. Every parent or guardian who has ever spun a yarn or told a tale straight from their family’s folklore is a storyteller--which is why we hope you will all attend! This workshop will show you how to create a story that works and how to add the technological piece seamlessly.
Woodneath Library Center