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Writers' Center

Eastern Washington University

Creative Writing

Figurative language, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more

Digital Storytelling

“I know only one thing about the technologies that await us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with them.”  Jason Ohlar 

Everyone has a story to tell. Simply put, digital storytelling is using technology to tell a story. This mode of writing needs to include at least two forms of technology, for example text, narration, images, music, and/or video footage itself. Through digital storytelling a viewer can be sent on a journey into the very heart of the writer. With technology as the platform and using music, animation, photography, drawings, maps, and/or narration, writers can share their unique experiences and powerful voices.   

How to Create a Digital Story

  • Choose A Topic 
    • What is the purpose of your story? Are you trying to inform, question, convince, etc.? Who is your audience?
  • Collect Images and Locate Resources
    • Search for or create images that will help guide your reader through your story.
    • Find compelling music, suitable interviews and/or sound effects.
  • Develop a Storyboard
    • This provides a visual and textual overview of your story, a roadmap for when your terrain starts to get rugged.
  • Record, Import, Finalize
    • Use a microphone and record your narration.
    • Import your story into your digital platform:
      • Photo Story or iMovie
    • Add music.
    • Convert your video into a version that can be presented.
  • SHARE!

Free Digital Storyboards

Books

What is Digital Storytelling

Digital Story Example