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Introduction: Practice with Stories & Structures

Week 1: Jan 13 & 15
  1. Review class materials on website
  2. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 1–Story Space, Story Time
  3. Read Wired for Story Ch 1 –How to Hook Reader
  4. View the following: Cowbird Most Loved Stories
  5. Complete Project 1: Cowbird Mimic for thurs
Week 2: Jan 20 & 22
  1. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 2–Premise
  2. Read Wired for Story Ch 2-How to Zero in on Your Point
  3. Create an image/story combination for My Maine Culture & post on this website with Category “My Maine Culture
  4. Add it to any social media you have: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag it with #MyMaineCulture

Independent Stories & Character Building

Week 3: Jan 27 & 29
  1. Create a Story Premise for your Personal Project
  2. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 3–Seven Steps of Story Structure
  3. Read Wired for Story Ch 3–I’ll Feel What He’s Feeling
  4. View the following: One Shot Stories in Zone Zero
  5. Complete Project 3: Zone Zero Model for thurs
Week 4: Feb 3 & 5
  1. Story Proposal for your Independent Story
  2. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 4–Character
  3. Read Wired for Story Ch 4–What Does Your Protagonist Really Want?
  4. Story First Attempt–bring your first “chunk” of work on your story to class next Tuesday.

Cultural Contexts for Stories: Glukabe’s Children

Week 5: Feb 10 & 12
  1. Post Story First Attempt.
  2. Read Gluskabe’s Children, Donna Loring, for class discussion Tuesday
  3. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 5–Moral Argument
  4. Read Wired for Story Ch 5–Digging up Protagonists Issues
Week 6: Feb 17 & 19
  1. Review Gluskabe’s Children, Donna Loring,esp the legend stories within play
  2. Read Digital Theater, following links that suggest media interventions that would interest you.
  3. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 6–Story World
  4. Read Wired for Story Ch 6–The Story is in the Specifics
Week 7: Feb 24 & 36
  1. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 7–Symbol Web
  2. Read Wired for Story Ch 7–Courting Conflict, the Agent of Change

Spring Break

Plot, Scene and Dialogue

Week 8: Mar 17 & 19
  1. Finalize plan for independent story; post your First Attempt if not already posted
  2. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 8–Plot
  3. Read Wired for Story Ch 8–Cause & Effect
  4. Review Isadora Video Tutorial, videos 1-5
  5. After viewing 1-5 Isadora videos, review play, find one scene & describe how you might use Isadora to render the scene; Post under “One Scene” category.
Week 9: Mar 24 & 26
  1. Independent Project Draft due— Tuesday class time
  2. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 9–Scene Weave
  3. Read Wired for Story Ch 9–What Can Go Wrong Must Go Wrong
  4. Review Isadora Video Tutorial, videos 6-10 (6 has 2 parts)
Week 10: Mar 31 & Apr 2
  1. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 10–Scene Construction & Dialogue
  2. Read Wired for Story Ch 10–The Road From Setup to Payoff
  3. Personal story Draft 1.  Post under category “Draft 1” Your project should be at least 50 % drafted. Due April 2.
  4. Review Isadora Video Tutorial, videos 11-14
  5. See Isadora Manual for a review of tutorials 1-14 or for more specific instructions. There’s a good reference at the end for all tools & terms.

Vision & Revision

Week 11: Apr 7 & 9
  1. Read Anatomy of Story Ch 11–The Never Ending Story
  2. Read Wired for Story Ch 11–Meanwhile Back on the Ranch & Wired for Story Ch 12–The Writer’s Brain on Story
  3. Personal story Draft 2. Post under category “Draft 2” Your project should be at least 75 % drafted. Due April 7.
  4. Review Isadora Video Tutorial, videos 1-14 for any tips you missed
  5. See Isadora Manual for a review of tutorials 1-14 or for more specific instructions. There’s a good reference at the end for all tools & terms.
Week 12: Apr 14 & 16
  1. Personal story Draft 3.  This is a complete and full draft. Post under category “Draft 3” Due April 14.
  2. Personal Story Review
  3. Peer Feedback based on Story Criteria and Technical Implementation

Feedback & Portfolios

Week 13: Apr 21 & 23
  1. Story Portfolio Construction for your website and class website
  2. Revision of former stories for portfolio
  3. Final revisions on Personal Story

 Story Portfolios

Story Portfolio

Story Portfolio is a collection of all the stories you created for the class arranged as a collection (i.e. a gallery or portfolio) on your portfolio site. Post a URL to it on the class blog..

Final Presentations

Week 14: Apr 28 & 30
  1. Final Class Presentation of Personal Story
  2. Peer Feedback on Portfolios

Final Projects

May 4: Final Project due

Final Personal Story due. Post to class website with “Final Story” category.

This is the final revision/version of your personal story project, incorporating feedback from classmates and professor.