High School Storytelling Workshops

Engaging Visual Art to Tell a Story -

Gathering Stories at the Memorial Art Galley

Date:  Saturday, December 9th, 2023

This December the Center for Engaged Storycraft is partnering with the Memorial Art Gallery to explore a unique approach to storytelling -- one that takes its inspiration from a work of art in the MAG's current exhibitions, including Represent: Great Women Artists at the MAG. This three-hour Saturday workshop from 12:00-3:00 p.m., will guide registered participants on a brief tour of the current exhibitions and they will each choose one work of art to reflect on, or creatively expand on, as the starting point for their short fictional narrative.

The workshop activities include creative dialogues with the works of art, initial brainstorming and writing, feedback from a three-four person story circle, and guidance from workshop leaders and additional support from college-level creative writers. Entry to the museum, writing supplies, and a mid-afternoon snack will all be provided. Participants are encouraged to submit a digital version of their completed 3-5 page flash-fiction story one week after the initial workshop activities. Everyone who submits their final flash-fiction story will receive a $150 gift card in recognition of their work. This event is supported by a Cornelia T Bailey Foundation New ERA Women Writers Grant.

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Gathering Stories: Digital Storytelling Workshop for High School Women

Date:  July 10-14th, 2023

Explore new possibilities for telling your story and sharing it digitally alongside other creative, curious, motivated young writer-artist-storytellers. This workshop provides the space, time, tools, and guidance for you to craft your story using multimedia and, in doing so, to cultivate your voice, drawing inspiration from guest storytellers, RIT faculty workshop leaders, and the peer writers in your four-person story-circle.

Gathering from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. daily, the workshop activities guide you through the story development process, introducing techniques used by other pathbreaking women storytellers that will encourage you to expand your methods and share the results in a story showcase with your peers.

You’ll leave with a polished digital story, a certificate of completion, an educational stipend of $250, first-hand knowledge of multimedia writing, and a glimpse of college life on the RIT campus.

Click on the link here to see a short video about the workshop experience. To see the stories shared in this past year's Storytelling Showcase at the end of the workshop, click on the link here.

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