Engaging Teens in Creative Story Development

Let’s be honest, most teens do not dream of becoming authors and have neither the patience nor persistence required to learn to write well. But that doesn’t mean they can’t learn to construct stories. Today’s teen is far more interested in making their millions with a cool YouTube video that goes viral, writing a hit song, or pitching the next big thing in video games. And for all of that, you need story. In this talk, I will explore the ways in which teachers can break down the conventional walls between disciplines and classes, and work with local artists to get roving gangs of students enthused and engaged in creating their narratives.

Audience: teachers, artists working with schools

Disciplines: music, creative writing, language arts, visual arts, video production, history, geography, social studies

Duration: 40 min

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About the author

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy author, as well as the founder, chief editor and resident proctologist of ImmerseOrDie. With a PhD in Computer Science and Creativity Systems compounded by a life spent exploring most art forms for fun and profit, he is underqualified in just about everything. That’s why he writes.