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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Writing Can Save 21st Century Learning From Itself

Writing Can Save 21st Century Learning From Itself | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing Can Save 21st Century Learning From Itself Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. Rather than only “writing teachers,” teach reading and writing,...

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9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Dialogue has been my own writing nemesis and I continue to find it a challenge, although each day of writing seems to improve it slightly!

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3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination

3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a successful writer?  As I have reflected on my own journey, I am going to share with you 3 keys to writing success.   I would love to hear your keys to success as well in t...

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Presentations | DML Hub

Presentations | DML Hub | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

This page is another collection of resources from the DML Research Hub, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. In this case, (presently) 36 videos are presented of varying lengths. All deal, in greater or lesser fashion, with the impact of digital media on society - especially upon schools, youth, and civic discourse/partcipation. 

 

I was originally drawn to Mimi Ito's (too, too short) preso titled "What's a Writing Teacher to Do about New Meida?" and found much more of interest here. Most frequently found speakers are Ito, James Paul Gee, and Henry Jenkins and there are many more as well.

 

Lots of deep thinking to ponder.

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Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules

Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Mimi

 

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I spent the day yesterday procrastinating from unpacking, painting, and cleaning.  The good news?  I found some incredible sites for writing!  My kids in the past have always been more interested in my writing lessons that have been centered around images.  I decided to do a google search to find some interesting pictures that they could write from and I came across the mother lode!!!


"If you don't know about Luke Neff already, you MUST click here.  His writing prompts are A-mazing!  They are geared to the upper grades, but I can completely see some higher fourth graders or any fifth graders digging these prompts. For you younger grade teachers, I can see you getting some good ideas and adapting them to meet the needs of your kids.  I spent hours yesterday going through his archived prompts.  Again...A-mazing!  I will definitely be using some of them next year in my writing block!  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of writing prompts at my link above, here is a list of Luke's "most tried and true" writing prompts he uses.  If you have the time though, it's worth going through the others as well.  Of course, some of the prompts are way too difficult and/or not appropriate for the younger students, so use your best judgment! :) "

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Definitely NOT just for 5th grades.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Writing tip: keep a list of "wasteful words" | Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Writing tip: keep a list of "wasteful words" | Cool Cat Teacher Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis

 

"Write compelling words that promote action. If you're writing online, it probably isn't just because you want to read it. Study impactful bloggers. See how they use words. Learn from them.

"Here's a trick that has helped me craft better blog posts. I keep a list of wasteful words. They are enemies of clarity."

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Kids Create Stories from Pictures with Storybird | Pragmatic Mom-Education Matters

Kids Create Stories from Pictures with Storybird | Pragmatic Mom-Education Matters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Guest post by Susan Stepehson

 

"Are you looking for ways to arrest the summer slide? Are you interested in encouraging your children to write stories? I’d like to suggest you check out Storybird.

What is Storybird?

"Storybird is a fantastic website that encourages us to use artwork created by Storybird’s real-life illustrators in the stories (or storybirds) we write. It’s free to register and use, with options to buy print books or upgrade for special features. All stories and comments are pre-moderated, and completed storybirds can be shared.

Why is Storybird helpful to children?

"The stunning artwork and variety of digital books, many created by kids just like them, motivates kids to read and write. When we parents share the storybird creation process initially with our kids, they hear us “thinking aloud” about our own story-making process. This teaches them a lot about writing, in a natural, relaxed way. After that, many kids want to go on and create their own digital books at Storybird."

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Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention

Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Show rather than tell to motivate supporters to care, then act.

 

If you take away just one thing from this post, make it this—You want your listener to take action because they want to—not because they’ve been told to. When you craft your stories to ensure listeners to connect your info with what they already know (test it), you’re far more likely to build trust and rapport with them. In turn, this group relationship is most likely to be transformative, motivating their desire to take action, now and in the future, and to spread your stories/messages to friends and family." Read the full article to see a before and after example.


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, June 5, 2013 2:19 AM

Be sure to scroll down the page to find the links to 8 other articles in this series (which work for anyone, not just non-profits), including a series on how to tell these 6 types of stories:

- founding

- focus

- success

- people

- future

- strength

Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Beautiful!

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for " Shared Worlds ," a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:41 PM

Very good advice from bestselling authors.

Jacques Goyette's comment, April 26, 2013 7:56 PM
A lot of people seem to appreciate this article. Keep up the good work Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 26, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks, Jacques! These articles are fun to seek out and read! :)
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Using Dragon Naturally Speaking to Increase Productivity | Writing Tools

Using Dragon Naturally Speaking to Increase Productivity | Writing Tools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Authors are pressed for time. What if we could "dictate" our novels instead of typing them?"


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Penelope's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:31 AM

 

This post is very timely, as I have been considering making the switch from Word to Scrivener, and from typing to dictating.

 

This author is finding her voice with the software, "Dragon Naturally Speaking", and she gives us some very compelling reasons to try it out. Number 1? INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY.

 

She started out small with dictating e-mails and blog posts, and then gave it a shot for dictating the first draft of a novel. Her article gives us a peek into her process. Fascinating.

 

You can find this software on Amazon, and can get started with the home version to try it out.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://writing4success.com/blog/using-dragon-naturally-speaking-to-increase-productivity/

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: App Smashing - Digital Poetry #ec3ta13 #ipaded #edtechchat

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: App Smashing - Digital Poetry #ec3ta13 #ipaded #edtechchat | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
useful RT @carlaleeB: @langwitches: Good description by @mghulin - Digital Poetry - ipad workflow, SAMR... http://t.co/fPlxpY5HpD via @zite

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Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing

Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here's a selection of tools that you can use online and off to capture your best ideas in writing and save them for future use! (RT @melissadonovan: Thanks for tweeting!

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BobbiJames's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:43 AM

Good tools for writers on the go!  Never let that great idea get away.

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12 Simple Writing Tips Everyone Should Know

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Do you always avoid alliteration? Do you know what prepositions end sentences with? These writing tips are must-see for everyone. Seriously.
The post 12 Simple Writing Tips Everyone Should Know appeared first on Edudemic.

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How interactive technology is transforming storytelling - The Guardian

How interactive technology is transforming storytelling - The Guardian | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Let me begin by saying: reports of the death of the book are wildly exaggerated. Likewise traditional storytelling. Human beings have been telling stories around campfires since the first cavewoman struck a flint against another flint and noticed that an interesting spark flew off. Stories aren't going anywhere and nor is the visceral, inexplicable, bone-deep shivery delight of a good tale well told.

 

What happens, however, is that new technologies give creative people new ideas. Art and science (or technology) are often imagined to be totally separate – but this is not, and never has been, true. Art is affected by the technology of art, because artists love to experiment, and every new development is a new tool

 


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Anne Macdonell's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:14 PM

Sparking! idea ignition

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Apple colluded on e-book prices, judge finds | Reuters

Apple colluded on e-book prices, judge finds | Reuters | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel

 

"U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found "compelling evidence" that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a "central role" in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.

 

"Wednesday's decision could expose Apple to substantial damages. It is a victory for the U.S. Department of Justice and the 33 U.S. states and territories that brought the civil antitrust case. The five publishers previously settled.

 

"Apple was accused of conspiring to undercut Amazon.com Inc's e-book dominance, causing some e-book prices to rise to $12.99 or $14.99 from the $9.99 that the online retailer charged. Amazon once had a 90 percent market share.

 

"Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so," Cote said in a 159-page decision. "Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did."

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:45 PM

Bad Apple bites the worm...Consumers win!

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for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever

for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:07 PM

Oh, this is SO lovely!~

Mark Gantt's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:19 PM

love this! creativity

Nancy White's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:39 AM

Beautifully illustrates that if we want students to be creative, we need to give them choice - and freedom to use their imaginations!

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VEJ June 2013

VEJ June 2013 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This June 2013 issue of the Virtual Education Journal features articles on Digital Storytelling and announces the 2013 VEJ Reader's Choice Awards. Prepare to devour every morsel and VEJ - Out Of This World!

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Robin Jordan's curator insight, July 6, 2013 8:38 PM

Students are so much more excited by digital storytelling - got to find ways to make this work in education.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:23 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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The Secret to Including Drama in Your Creative Writing | The Artist's Road

The Secret to Including Drama in Your Creative Writing | The Artist's Road | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Patrick Ross

writing about Lawrence Sulin

 

"-We all want to write understated prose–to introduce drama in our narrative without being melodramatic–but “a good understated writer is a virtuoso pianist,” knowing exactly which details to provide and when. Most of us are not virtuosos, so we end up leaving out material the reader needs to fully understand the dramatic moment.

 

"-Aristotle in Poetics said the key to drama is that it conveys pity and terror. When a writer is brave enough to invoke both empathy and fear in a writer, regardless of genre, they are doing the reader a favor. When the reader makes it through to the other side they experience a catharsis, which is pleasurable to the human psyche.

 

“-We keep hoping when we write about others that they’ll like what we’ve written about them,” Larry said. “I find that hilarious.” “You’re going to have to have the right to your artistic vision,” he said. Nothing sucks drama out of prose like trying to protect the people you write about. He wasn’t saying we should rip people apart or exact revenge on those in our lives. He was saying we should write about everyone–including ourselves–as you understand them, with what Aristotle called “exactitude.” When you do this, there is no issue with melodrama.

 

"-You don’t have to tie up the drama at the end of the work in a neat little bow. “Resolution is facing the truth of what you’ve created,” he said: “It can be satisfying and messy.” The key is that the narrative lines you’ve woven come together at the end. That doesn’t mean all of the answers are there as well."

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A Teacher on Teaching: NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reforms

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by John J. Viall

 

"Washington, D. C.) In a surprise news conference today U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to improve NFL performance in coming seasons.

"Unlike news conferences on education, which draw sparse crowds, representatives from hundreds of newspapers, television and radio networks, and ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN for Kids and ESPN Tales from the Crypt were in attendance.

"Mr. Duncan spoke first. “We are pleased to announce a partnership involving the U. S. Department of Education and the NFL,” he explained. “We will call this new effort to improve pro football ‘Race to the End Zone.’ All the leading school reform experts insist this approach will dramatically improve the quality of football play.”

“Frankly,” Commissioner Goodell admitted, “this joint effort developed out of a concern for failing NFL franchises. We have watched the brilliant successes wrought by Mr. Duncan and others like him in recent years and believe it is time to adopt a variety of sports reforms, similar to school reforms, and introduce them in our league. We believe with such changes in place the Cleveland Browns can finally reach the Super Bowl and win.”"

 

 

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Published July 4, 2013

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50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story | wiki

50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story | wiki | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Alan Levine

 

"It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and deep levels of technical expertise. We are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser.

"The point is not that these are professional level production tools, but that the barrier of entry to content creation can be drastically low. And you should find a new mode of creativity when the tool have some limits as to what they can do-- and find that the core of the story is much more important than a widget.

"What makes for a "story" here consists of more than one type of media (images + text, audio + images, etc) that are assembled on the web, and can be presented on the web or embedded into other web sites.

"And I am using the word "story" in a most general sense; it may be a deeply personal one of the digital storytelling variety, it may be a tale of a travel trip, a report on a project, or just a silly cartoon-- it is what you make. It's your story.

"This is a new version of the original 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story that was created in 2007. As of May 20, 2013 9:11 pm 34 are in the new site and some 30 are waiting in the wings!"

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:06 PM

If you could only visit one resource about storytelling via the web, this is the one I'd suggest. It's an enormously rich and expansive collection of resources and how-tos...virtually indispensible to the digital story using/telling/teaching educator.

 

Site producer Levine has been around for a long, long time in web time. Viewers might know him from his long-running blog - CogDogBlog.

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Why Data Needs Stories from Economist Steven Levitt

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Steven Levitt, an economist hailed as one of the finest minds of his generation, says he’s never been good at math and finds much of his life’s work “embarrassing.” The University of Chicago professor is not just being...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:06 PM

I really like this article because it showcases Freakonomics author Steven Levitt who is a master storyteller when it comes to data.


What I love about Levitt is his ability to take data and tell compelling stories about it -- generating not only sense-making but even bettr -- meaning! Meaningful stories that make an impact.


Learn more about Levitt and some of the great stories he tells interpreting data. He's a terrific example for us all. Enjoy!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:54 AM

Putting data into a story makes it much more people oriented.   Brings out the need to know.    

Karen Dietz's comment, June 24, 2013 2:57 PM
Good point Kaylin!
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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue

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Penelope's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:15 AM

 

Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

Penelope's comment, May 21, 2013 3:17 PM
Merci'!
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Resume Designer Now Lets You Create, Edit And Share Resumes On An iPad

Resume Designer Now Lets You Create, Edit And Share Resumes On An iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Resume Designer, the useful app which allows users to create, edit, and share resumes while on the go, has received an important update.

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5 Online Resources for Better Writing | Proof Positive

5 Online Resources for Better Writing | Proof Positive | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is a detailed process which requires a lot of practice to perfect. Writing requires streamlined skills, experience and expertise in the different writing styles. This is because no writing styles or audience demand the same things.

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