The Art & Science of Storytelling
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About This Class
I founded Narratively to serve as a platform for local storytellers who were hungry to dive deeper. We believe in “slow journalism,” in the importance of those rich, narrative gems that truly capture what every city is all about. At Narratively, we explore one theme each week and publish just one story a day—the story comes first. And each piece is given the space and time it needs to have an impact and engage our audience—regardless of whether it’s a 5,000 word article, a two-minute audio piece, or a paragraph-long reaction posted on our interactive “Park Bench.”
What’s a story if it doesn’t somehow inspire, or get people to think, to wonder?
These are all skills you’ll learn in this class.
Over the course of this 2-week class we’ll each tell a story about the most interesting person in our local neighborhood, no matter where in the world that neighborhood is. We'll collaborate with one another in small Groups —online or offline —to get feedback on our work.
You'll hit the streets of our cities, talk to neighbors—young and old—bodega owners, dog-walkers, the “mayor” of the block, and then some. (Hint: doormen know everything). You’ll ask all the right questions to extract and understand this person’s story.
To share your story with the rest of us, you’ll explore the medium that communicates it best, whether that’s audio recording, video, narrative writing, a “live” story recorded on camera, or something even more creative you dream up.
We’ll all leave this class having heard stories from all over the world, pushing us beyond our comfort zones for the sake of a great, perhaps untold, tale.
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Noah's class was great., he gave you just the right amount of structure and inspiration to get started on your own storytelling. I kid you not that fellow students' stories in this class had me laughing out loud at my desk at work - all great stuff! Recommend.
Content Lead, Skillshare
This is my 1st class with Skillshare, and I expected some bumps along the way in terms of working with the technology, timing etc., but I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this type of learning process. For this Canadian, I learned about "slow journalism" through Noah right here. I found the 'Resource' tools to be very helpful and "Narratively" helped me understand where I needed to head with this class.
I’m founder and Editor-in-Chief at Narratively - a digital publication born out of an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter project. Narratively is a platform devoted to original, true and in-depth storytelling, which recently launched in New York and will soon expand to other cities. Each week, Narratively's team, which consists of journalists who've worked for top outlets like the New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR and CNN, explores one theme about NYC and publishes just one story a day in the most appropriate medium for each piece: Monday might feature a longform magazine-style article, followed by a short documentary film on Tuesday, and a photo essay on Wednesday; each story is given the space and time it needs to have an impact and engage the audience. Narratively avoids the 24/7 news cycle entirely, focusing instead on the rich human interest narratives that truly capture what a city is all about.