I spent a fantastic weekend in Washington DC learning the Center for Digital Storytelling’s approach to, well, digital storytelling. Although each of the 5 other participants were new to digital storytelling, they were master storytellers. They presented powerful life stories in compelling and visually stunning ways. Stories about negotiating death, separation, adoption, becoming a parent, having parents… the complexities of everyday life. The storytelling “midwives” were fantastic and their methodologies were tight. They use story circling as an approach to refine stories, and they provide a nice balance of group work and one-on-one mentoring. I walked away a more empathic individual, a better storyteller with a better appreciation for combining text, audio, and video through Final Cut software.
The digital story I made is sad, and as a friend noted, is rated “NC-17 / G”. A strong theme throughout my creative practice has been investigating childhood, sexuality, and different forms of emotional / physical abuse. So the story isn’t for everyone. But if you want to watch it, it’s here. The title is “Some secret things I know.”
My next story will examine newcoming and homecoming. Stay tuned.