Welcome to 21st Century StoryKeepers

“Maybe it’s because we’re all so overloaded with information. Maybe it’s because we’re all so starved for meaning. Or maybe it’s because, thanks to social media, everyone’s become a broadcaster these days. Whatever the reason, we’re all getting the same memo at the same time: if you want to be heard, you’d better learn to tell better stories.” ~ Jonah Sacs, author of Story Wars
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Stories are not just for telling around campfires - they entertain, educate, motivate, incite and surprising to many also bring healing powers into our lives. Digital storytelling is not simply a technical playground but an artistic experience merging the ancient art of storytelling with a palette of digital tools. Mixing images, sounds, voices, and special effects together creates a sensory experience of well-written stories.

Explore the tools BUT remember story ALWAYS needs to drive the media choices FIRST! However, know that it takes MORE than putting multimedia together to make a great story. Thoughtful stories have a point, a lesson learned or wisdom gained.

At the end of any storymaking, it ought to be remembered for its soul . . . NOT the bells and whistles of technology tools. [Bernajean Porter, 2004]

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Applied StoryTelling

Who we are as individuals, families, and communities are the sum total of the stories we tell ourselves ~ if you don't like the stories you are living in, create and live into NEW ones that you DO want! We want everyone to create their own BEST stories but especially our youth. Enjoy Bernajean's new I-imagine wiki storytelling project for teachers and students using storytelling as processes for awakening the dreamer - awakening the believer that we can be the script writers, producers and directors of our own living BEST stories!

This storytelling journey (student scrapbook + teacher manual) guides our youth to imagine and produce a future story as a vision video AS IF they are already living their own BEST lives with their light, strengths and talents shining in the world for good.

While there are many, many skills engaged along the way - the real rewards are found in the personal joy of giving birth to a story that needed to be told. We all have stories - and now amazing technical tools enabling everyone to send everyone's stories far and wide to share with others in a way never possible before. View sample stories @ DigiTales StoryKeepers Gallery.

You are invited to begin your own journey of being quite literally a modern day STORYKEEPER - becoming someone who has crafted a multi-media sensory story, sending it like a message in a time machine to places far and wide.

Take Six: Elements of Good Storytelling a la Bernajean's DigiTales book provide writers and storytellers with essential ingredients for powerful, engaging and memorable storytelling.

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Bernajean's Articles on Storytelling