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Week 6-10-12-14-15: Story OR Story Laboratory


The Story Laboratory option is available during the even-numbered weeks of the semester, and also during Dead Week. So, during these weeks, the choice is yours: you can write a storytelling post OR you can do one of the Story Laboratory options.


Storybook-related options:  If you are doing a Storybook project for class, there are two options that might be of interest: you can use this assignment to do Storybook research OR you can use this assignment to do revisions of an earlier story in your blog (basically what the Portfolio people are doing for their project each week). So, if you are doing a Storybook, definitely check out those options down at the bottom of the list.


If you want to do the Story Lab, choose one of the options below. I hope you will find something fun/useful on the list, and if you have an idea for something else you'd like to do, let me know. (And if you decide to do a story, here are those guidelines: Storytelling Post. Writing a story is always a good option: the world needs all the stories it can get IMO.) 



Story Laboratory Options


Learn about Microfiction. For this assignment, I've collected some materials about microfiction (also called flash fiction) for you to explore, seeing what happens when people tell very tiny stories. For this assignment, you'll be reading some microfiction, and there's also a microfiction writing option (see next time). Here's the Learn about Microfiction option.


Write Microfiction. This is a chance to try some even shorter story forms than the stories you are writing for class, writing a 100-word story and maybe experimenting with an even shorter story form. Here's how that works: Microfiction Writing Option.  (This is also available as an extra credit option each week too, so if you like that, you can do that every week for extra credit writing too!) OR there's a Microfiction Revision Option if you already have a 100-word story at your blog that you would like to revise! Then, after you revise, maybe you will want to submit your story to include a class anthology we can publish; more about the class anthology here.


Crash Course Myth videos. Watch these videos and record your thoughts in a blog post:  Overview of Mythology (3 videos, 40 minutes total). These are most useful for the Myth-Folklore class, but I think they can be useful for the Indian Epics class too.


TED Talk videos. Here are two TED talks about stories and storytellingThe danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Imaginary friends and real-world consequences by OU's own Jennifer Barnes (2 videos, 40 minutes total).


TEDEd Videos: Language. This is a series of short videos about language, grammar, and punctuation. Watch them all, and take notes on your favorite(s) in a blog post (8 videos, 40 minutes).


TEDEd Videos: Style. This is a series of short videos about creative writing and style. Watch them all, and takes notes on your favorite(s) in a blog post (8 videos, 40 minutes).


Writers Write. A wonderful resource for writers is the Writers Write website; take 30-45 minutes to browse around, bookmarking what you find useful, and write up some notes in a blog post. Check out the "most popular articles" in the right-hand sidebar as a way to get started.


Advice to Writers. Jon Winokur's Advice to Writers site is full of all kinds of inspiration and advice. Take 30-45 minutes to explore, sharing the best advice you find in your blog post. For example, check out the interviews and all the authors in the left-hand sidebar.


EmpoWord. This is a wonderful writing manual for college students! I'd recommend that you read Chapter 2: Telling a Story. Read that chapter, and write up your notes in a blog post. 
EmpoWord Follow-up. If you want to come back to this option in a later StoryLab week, you can do one of the writing experiments they suggest for dialogue; choose one and write up the results in your blog post:

    • The Secret (on p. 50)
    • The Overheard (on p. 50)
    • Beyond Words (you need a friend to help you out with this one) 


TVTropes. TVTropes is an amazing resources you can use for this class. Don't let the title fool you: it's not just about TV. Instead, it's about all kinds of stories, and the "tropes" (plot devices) that stories have in common. Just plunge in and spend 30-45 minutes exploring, bookmarking as you go, and then write up your favorite ideas: TVTropes.


Twine story software. You can use the Story Lab this week to learn how to create a choose-your-own-adventure story using Twine software and then you can publish that story in your OUCreate webspace. Just do these two Tech Tips, but you only need to publish one blog post: Getting Started with Twine and Publishing Twine. (Then, if you want, you can do the other Twine Tech Tips for extra credit.)   




Are you doing a Storybook for your project? If so, here are two options specifically for you:


Storybook Research. You can use this week's assignment as a chance to do some background research for your Storybook project. Take 30-45 minutes to look for good information and images online, and then include them in your blog post (with links). If you would like suggestions for good sites for your research, let me know and I'll be glad to suggest some recommendations.


Blog Story Revisions. You can use this assignment to revise and re-publish one of your earlier blog story posts. So, pick out a story you want to work on some more, copy it over into a new blog post, and then proceed as if this were a new storytelling post (use Story in the post title, use Story for the post label, etc.). In your author's note, you can explain the revisions you made to the story. This gives you a chance to keep revising and improving your previous story blog posts, and also to get comments from other students on the revised version, just like people are doing with their Portfolios.




Blog Post. Each assignment will result in a blog post; use "Lab, Week ##" for the post labels, and include "Week ## Lab" somewhere in the blog post title. Include at least one image (with image information) in your post, along with links to whatever materials you read/watched as part of the assignment.


Don't forget to do the Declaration when you are done; it's the same Declaration for doing a story OR for doing the laboratory option:




STORY LABORATORY. I completed one of the Story Laboratory activities and wrote a blog post per the instructions.


OR if you wrote a story, here is that checklist:


STORY. I posted a new story at my blog. 

STORY POST TITLE: I used the phrase "Week ##  Story" plus my own title. 

POST LABELS: I used two labels — Story, Week ## — separated by a comma. 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The note shows how I started with an old story and created my own.

LENGTH. My post is between 300 and 1000 words in length.

IMAGE. I included at least one image with image information (caption and link).

BIBLIOGRAPHY: I included basic bibliography for my source, plus a link.





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