So, the turnout wasn’t the best, but there was a lot going on that day. There was a last-minute post-election discussion in the auditorium and a union meeting, both at the same exact time as my talk. It went pretty well, though. I was way less nervous once I got started, and I even got a few laughs during the talk portion (it’s not all that easy to hear in the video).
The first 15 minutes of the video are me reading a prepared speech that includes a story from my childhood and a plea for everyone to stay creative and flex their imaginations often. This is the more entertaining part and could be enjoyed by anyone. The last 35-40mins apply more to teachers and writers, but I’d recommend anything I talk about to anyone interested in storytelling.
After the prepared speech, I demonstrate a few creative writing techniques and exercises. I walk the audience through my evolution from basic character building exercises to using Rory’s Story Cubes in the classroom to my own narrative building cards (which I call CopyWrite). I end with a quick demonstration of the pen-and-paper role-playing game Fiasco.
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