D is for Dialogue
My approach to story is dialogic; that is, I encourage dialogue or conversations with stories. We talk to stories and listen to what they have to say. We get to know the characters within stories, not just the protagonist and antagonist but the marginal characters too. In fact, I like to have storytellers re-tell stories from different perspectives. Try “Little Red Riding Hood” from the Wolf’s point of view or Grandma’s or even the basket of goodies “Little Red” is carrying. Who’s stories are not being told within a story? Explore those, listen and learn.
|"The Dialogue" by Julia Margaret Cameron|
Extract from the forthcoming ebook The ABCs of Storytelling: Tips, Techniques and Reflections from a StoryCoach by Michael Williams, Ph.D. © Michael Williams 2015