The rate at which students use and hear negative language about lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is huge. Over half of all students report hearing homophobic remarks often at school.
Voice of Witness is a non-profit organization that uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises in the U.S. and around the world. Founded by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen, Voice of Witness publishes a book series that depicts human rights injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them. The Voice of Witness Education Program brings these stories, and the issues they reflect, into high schools and impacted communities through oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support. - See more at: http://voiceofwitness.org/#sthash.nPCkasKw.dpuf
In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again.
Andrew showcases Twitter fiction done right by authors like Jennifer Egan who storyboarded her short story Black Box into over 600 tweets serialized by The New Yorker's fiction account. Elliott Holt's short story called Evidence told by 3 characters. West Wing's fictional characters engage with the real world. During the Chicago mayoral election a parody account of Mayor Emanuel. And the Crimer Show, with a feel of tv. For nonfiction real-time storytelling, he discusses RealTimeWWII, an account documenting what was happening on this day 60 years ago.
In the article How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?, which showcases this TED video, they include the Twitter Fiction Festival that took place over the course of five days in 2012. And more recently, Twitter partnered with Six Word Memoir to host the Six Word Festival.
"I believe that what makes a story so powerful isn’t really the plot, but the characters. It’s the characters we relate to and emotionally invest in. Many of us are leaving a lot of funny on the table when we ignore the opportunities we have to let our characters to steal the show.
The first question to ask yourself is how interesting are the characters in your stories? Have you skipped over character development to head straight for the plot? Are you telling me about your character instead of showing me your character? Spend a couple of minutes in your story describing your main character before you get into the plot. Just like a story only needs the necessary details, your character only needs a few details to bring him or her to life."
Read the full article to find out more about these eight steps for making your characters come alive:
Give them an interesting name. Funny nicknames are guaranteed laughs. Choose a name that fits the character.Describe an aspect of their appearance that is interesting in a way that shows instead of tells.Give them quirks taken from the people you see in life around you.Show me their conflict. I don’t want to hear about it; I want to actually feel it.Show me their unique perspective on the world.Get into character when you tell the story. Pretend like you are acting out that character.Don’t forget the most important character in your speech: YOU!Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone with your characters.
Via Karen Dietz, Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)