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60 Free Tools for Modern Storytellers

60 Free Tools for Modern Storytellers
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Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published It’s the most frequently asked question I receive: How do I get my book published? This post is regularly updated to offer the most critical information for writers new to the publishing industry, and to provide a starting point for more fully exploring what it means to try and get meaningfully published. If you’d like an in-depth guide on how to get your book published, consider my book, Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide.For a full-length course, see my 24-lecture series with The Great Courses, How to Publish Your Book.Also, see my recommended guides on writing and publishing. This post focuses on traditional publishing. In a traditional publishing arrangement, the publisher pays you for the right to publish your work for a specific period of time. How do you find or get a traditional publisher to work with you? If you’re wondering how much it “costs” to publish, then you’re not thinking of traditional publishing, but self-publishing. A Brief Note for Young Writers 1. 2. 3. 4.

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work 44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work by TeachThought Staff Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.” This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card. But work that is made public has other benefits as well. Tony Vincent from learninginhand.com revisited that idea with the following graphic that clarifies another talent of education technology–shared thinking. Publishing Student Work vs Assessment In lieu of its perceived art and science, assessment is a murky practice. Anything a student “does” can be used as a kind of assessment. When students publish their thinking with their right audience or collaborators at the right time, the tone and purpose of the work are able to shift dramatically.

Dab Artists - The California Sunday Magazine We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert in a driving rain, when my passenger, James “Skywalker” Johnson, began to fidget with the well-traveled, antiballistic, Pelican-brand polypropylene case resting on the floor mat between his feet. Hazard yellow and covered with stickers, equipped with double-throw latches and a heavy-duty handle, it resembled something the modern army might carry into battle, a safe box for a delicate gun sight or high-end piece of electronics. Skywalker is a chunky man of 32 with a burner cell phone, an exceptionally well-developed palate, and a bit of an asthmatic wheeze. On a stormy December afternoon, we were headed to Las Vegas for the fourth annual Secret Cup Finals, the culmination of a yearlong series of regional judged events that bring together the best artisanal hash-oil makers in the country. Hash oil (the formal name is butane hash oil, known as bho) is a modern version of hashish. But it won’t be just work. “Mind if I do a dab?”

Child of mine CogDogRoo - StoryTools 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (return) Note! 50+ Ways is no longer being updated here but over at the new site for 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story-- It has more organizational features and includes ways for you to add content to the site once you join the new wiki. Below you will find 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story. Slideshow Tools Generates content that allows linear playback of a series of images, some with ability to add audio. 2. Upload images from computer or flickr or upload PowerPoint files. 3. "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. 4. "RockYou! 5. "Slide lets you use photos and other digital content to publish and discover the people and things that matter to you." 6. 8. Creates horizontal slide shows from flickr sets ) no text or audio.

a Right-Brained Writing Prompt...Serendipitous Character Descriptions Ways to replicate this interactive prompt without using technology: It's simple; make three columns on your whiteboard or chalkboard or on chart paper, labeling them adjective, character, and phrase. Write four or five adjectives, characters, and phrases (borrowed from the button game above) to give your students a model; then, have your students work in pairs to create more words and phrases that could go in each column. When students share their ideas out loud, record the very best ones on the classroom chart. With a chart created, tell students they are to all create an original character by choosing an adjective, character, and phrase that are in different rows. So, by asking students to create a character based on words in different rows, you are not allowing them to go straight across. With the above example, an angry pirate scratching his head is an acceptable choice of a unique character because different rows are represented in the choice. Analyzing the Mentor Text:

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again -- THE Journal Learning Apps & Tools | Feature 9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again By Kim Fortson10/22/12 For many students, writing a novel summary is not exactly a glamorous assignment. But writing a novel summary using a timeline-based storytelling platform with embedded original content, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures might just make developing re-cap of A Christmas Carol interesting, argues Lake Geneva Middle School language arts teacher Rob Granger. In lieu of standard re-caps, Granger asks his students to create Meographs, four-dimensional narratives that contextualize stories using maps to provide time and place references to original content. T.H.E. According to Bellow, students can share these stories with, at the very least, their peers, but also with friends and family and on social networks, “So there’s a real audience out there who can find their stories as well.” 1. 2. 3.

Konstantin Kofta - official web page Konstantin Kofta created his own label, Kofta which combines seemingly contradictory elements outside the traditional canons of the fashion industry. His garments are sensual, effortlessly elegant, practical and wearable. Kofta uses rough skin, irregular shapes and unique scents to create a totally new vision of the attire as a whole. Stockists : Daad Dantone SRL Via Santo Spirito, 24 Milano, Italy Vertice London 16 South Molton Street London W1K 5QS www.verticelondon.com Gara Concept Store Schorsa 31, office 606 01133, Kiev, Ukraine. ODD. www.odd-style.com 164 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002 H. How news can compete with cat videos: 6 lessons for multimedia journalists Necessity is the mother of invention. That’s certainly been the case with the multimedia work I do. As senior multimedia producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, I led digital storytelling projects for six years. We were often working with very dense, complex subjects and translating them for a younger, Web-savvy audience with a notoriously short attention span. That wasn’t easy. Breaking out of traditional journalism formats can be difficult—even unpleasant. If journalism is going to survive, it can’t be driven by formulas—especially formulas built for platforms that are losing relevance and audience. Here are some lessons I’ve learned in the last few years working in multimedia journalism: No. 1: Your dream job probably does not exist. No. 2: If you have new media ideas in an old media environment, you will probably have to fight for them. Some people at CIR didn’t understand what we were trying to do. No. 5: Obstacles provide great opportunities for innovation.

Writing Emotionally Layered Dialogue | Screenwriting Tips (Note: This article is not one that can be read breezily. I'm going to deconstruct a piece of great dialogue line by line, and label every technique that's employed. There's much to be learned by doing so, but it requires focus. Therefore, if you need Zen or caffeine or both (Zeffeine) to ratchet up your awareness, knock yourself out.) Writing dialogue that sounds natural and which is emotionally layered seems like it's something that should be easy. Below you'll some specific pointers for making your dialogue come alive. But first, some general remarks: Intuition The techniques I'll be discussing and others like them make dialogue, when read aloud in a film, sound like the way people actually speak. Space Techniques like this take up space. In an action movie, an action-thriller, or an action-comedy, the story often moves so quickly that techniques like these can't be squeezed in. An Option, Not a Requirement These techniques are optional, not a requirement. Techniques we'll see here are: 1.

33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity 2013 Update… Here are the main apps I suggest for storytelling. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are apps for creating stories in various ways and others are apps I would use to help kids plan out a story. Educreations FREE- (example HERE and HERE) There is also a web version of this tool StoryBuddy 2 $4.99- (example HERE and HERE) Explain Everything $2.99- (example HERE and HERE and HERE) Toontastic FREE*- (example HERE and HERE) Feltboard $2.99- (examples HERE and HERE and HERE) Skitch FREE- for labeling (example HERE and HERE) There is also a web version of this tool Popplet $4.99- (example HERE and HERE) There is a “lite” version of the app and is also web based Tellagami- FREE- Much like Voki but in app form. Write About This $3.99- creates prompts for kids and reads the prompt to them Haiku Deck FREE- easy way to create a presentation (example HERE) Doodlecast Pro $3.99 (example HERE) FYI: Everything this app offers Explain Everything can also cover Puppet Pals My Story ThingLink

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Yes, Agents Google Writers | Carly Watters, Literary Agent This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an agent is intrigued (congratulations!) A writer’s virtual footprint is their resume at that point. Here are my ‘online guidelines’ for writers: Make sure you have a landing page. Don’t know what social media is right for you? Tumblr: Ideal for images and short text. Twitter: Great for short thoughts and sharing links. Facebook: Perfect for integrating family and friends with your work, and sharing links that you have lengthy opinions about. Pinterest: Works for behind the scenes thinks like character sketches, world building imagery, and visual content. Do you know the optimal times to post to social media? Tumblr: Weekday evenings after 7pm-1am. Twitter: 9am-4pm weekdays. Facebook: 6am-8am, Thursday and Friday at lunch, and weekends. Pinterest: Weekend mornings and weekdays 2-5pm. There’s your checklist! Like this: Like Loading...

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