Host a Free Digital Storytelling Workshop in August
Freelance journalist, Evie Ruddy, is working as a Culture Days Animateur this summer, leading workshops on digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is a creative way to tell a first-person narrative. It involves writing a short (200-400 word) script, recording the person reading their script and putting the audio to pictures in iMovie for Macs or Photo Story for PCs. Digital storytelling would be a wonderful way to capture stories of newcomers and immigrants.
Thanks to SaskCulture, the workshop is free – you just need to host it.
Learn some Valuable Skills
Participants will learn storytelling skills, including choice of detail and elements of scriptwriting. They will also learn technical skills for creating short digital stories. After the workshop, each participant will have made a short (2-3 minute) digital story that they can share with family and friends. The stories can be quite powerful and are a lovely way to preserve memories as well as promote cultural heritage.
The workshop typically takes two full days or it can be spread out over half days/evenings. The maximum number of participants per workshop is six. Each participant would need to come to the workshop with a story idea (you will be provided with a list of potential story ideas) and about 10-20 photographs to illustrate their narrative. Each participant would also need access to a laptop or computer (perhaps the workshop could be held at a school or a library) and Evie will provide the rest.
Examples of Digital Storytelling
Here are a few sample digital stories that were made at the Center for Digital Storytelling, where Evie Ruddy was trained:
1. Dear Grandma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAVe4Bob3Ys
2. This is My Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnm6YU58ea4
3. Dancing on Woven Carpets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edorR0j6xMI&list=PLA85C4074527FC0A4&index=10
4. Rites of Passage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCSWMOylwBI&index=6&list=PLA85C4074527FC0A4
To date, Evie has been working with school-aged kids. Here are a few links to stories that were made in her workshops:
1. Grandma by Grade 12 student, Bronwyn: http://iheartculture.ca/evie/grandma-by-bronwyn/
2. Moving to Canada by Grade 7 student, Holly: http://iheartculture.ca/evie/capturing-our-stories-moving-to-canada-by-holly/
3. Game Time by Grade 10 student, Hayley: http://iheartculture.ca/evie/game-time-by-hayley/
If your organization is interested in hosting a digital storytelling workshop or if you have questions, please contact Culture Days Animateur, Evie Ruddy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 209-8358. Remember – the workshop is free.