Luckily there are a growing number of relevant resources and supports out there. The Centre for Digital Storytelling is a great place to start, especially if you're interested in going beyond pen and paper. Once I decided I would create my own digital story, I watched many of their story examples for inspiration and to try to work out what a digital story actually is (what I should be doing). They also offer an interesting array of workshops, including online options, and a collection of resources for sale. Yesterday I felt fortunate to join a short, free webinar, "The Role of Narrative in Public Health”. The hour long session didn't allow me to unpack all my worries but certainly there were a number of helpful starting points, including considerations around balancing process (the making challenge) and media products (what everyone's asking for). Most reassuring was the importance placed on ethical practice, especially essential when dealing with health stories. The Center's ideas on this topic are publicly available online and while the emphasis here is on conducting storytelling workshops, it may still be helpful thinking for health groups wanting to use more stories.
Also don't miss out on the currently running Storymakers 2014, from TechSoup. Yes, they're also looking for your stories with a storymakers challenge, but they're offering cash prizes for winning submissions and a generous lineup of events, including today's Global Tweet-chat at #Storymakers2014. If you missed the first two free webinars on storytelling, with great examples and practical advice shared, you can still access all the information on the achieve:
- Storymakers Round-Table: Creating a Break-Out Story
- Storymakers Super-Short Videos: Vine, Instagram, and More!
Visit our links page for more storytelling tool suggestions and check-out the My Normal story making handouts.