Scriveners' Trappings
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Scriveners' Trappings
Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
Curated by Jim Lerman
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The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data

The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data | Scriveners' Trappings |
The Future of StoryTelling Summit presented the perfect opportunity to showcase Power BI’s storytelling prowess. Of course, our team also learned some valuable lessons related to data-driven storytelling, and we’re excited to share these insights to strengthen your storytelling skills.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz, NikolaosKourakos, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Yashy Tohsaku, Jim Lerman
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 1, 2017 7:25 PM

Whenever someone talks to me about the future of storytelling, I'm always expecting innovations in crafting or telling business stories.


I'm usually disappointed, because what they are really talking about are innovations in tools, applications, processes, or access. The same is true for this post -- and maybe this conference.


Basic storytelling skills that haven't changed in millennia are discussed here. The innovation that is good to know about is a tool from Microsoft -- Power BI. This is a data visualization tool that will help certain business storytellers.


But let's be clear -- data visualization is not data storytelling. A tool like Power BI can help you find the story. It still requires solid storytelling crafting skills to make it mean something, and to build influence.


So enjoy learning about the tool. Follow the advice for story crafting that's included -- just don't think it's anything new :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 4, 2017 7:42 AM
The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data
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Learning with Miguel - Digitizing the Writing Workshop with Traditional Technology Tools

Learning with Miguel - Digitizing the Writing Workshop with Traditional Technology Tools | Scriveners' Trappings |

by Miguel Guhlin


"While publishing student writing online fundamentally hooks students as writers, as teachers, we can take advantage of available tools to make our jobs easier. Just as our students have new digital tools, so do we as their teachers. 

"This article is about 5 steps you can take, as a writing teacher, to digitize your writing workshop. There are many more, though, so "stay tuned" for future articles!

Embrace open web toolsFocus on the FacilitatorCreate an Online Writing SpaceFacilitate Online Conversations about Student WritingOffer feedback in audio or video, rather than written, format"

Jim Lerman's insight:

This aritlce leads you step-by-step through the process of digitizing your writing workshop approach and offers tons of practical tools and resources. Excellent teacher guide!

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5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts

5 Excellent Web Tools for Creative Writing Prompts | Scriveners' Trappings |

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Lori Johnson
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The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity

The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity | Scriveners' Trappings |

"Together with a whole network of media researchers, creators and students we will:
- learn storytelling basics such as antagonist/protagonist relationships, narrative/narrated time, ...
- have a look at exciting current media projects
- analyze how they are designed and executed based on aforementioned basics
- and discuss how (and if) new online tools and formats change the way stories are told and perceived.

The 8-chapter course starts on October 25th, 2013 and ends on December 20th, 2013.

It will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.

"Our goal is to inspire and help understand. To broaden our horizon of what is and might be possible and what has already been attempted, and what has succeeded or even failed - and why.
In several little tasks you'll analyze and practice storytelling on your own and in teams."

Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:17 PM

This MOOC will be led by a team based at the University of Potsdam, Germany

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The Fanthropology of Theatrics

The Fanthropology of Theatrics | Scriveners' Trappings |

Nick DeMartino:  "The session was called "Unlock the Power of Fans" at Transmedia Los Angeles’ monthly meetup earlier this week, but I’ll remember it as the Fanthropology of Theatrics, because I learned so much about the way audiences are using the new collaborative storytelling platform that I was there to represent."

Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Katie Frank
Jim Lerman's insight:

Quite an intriguiging new platform.

The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, June 8, 2013 1:36 AM

Nick DeMartino takes us through Theatrics, the storytelling tool behind Beckinfield, Welcome To Sanditon, and Psych's The S#cial Sector.

Fred Harden's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:30 PM

Now to move this up a notch, what about a few slicker videos, wannabe actors etc.?