A workshops on storytelling and creative writing

Gupta, Madhu and Chandna, Yashika (2014) A workshops on storytelling and creative writing. Language and Language Teaching, 3 (2). pp. 61-63. ISSN 2277-307X

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Storytelling is one of the most ancient art forms, and continues to this day as a vibrant part of culture throughout the world. However, the traditional Indian custom of passing down epics and village folklore from one generation to the next through storytelling is slowly dying due to increasing globalization and the all-pervasive media. At one time, stories were a part of the day-to-day teaching-learning processes, but in the current educational system, storytelling has become a lost art; it is considered nothing more than a leisure activity. This workshop on storytelling and creative writing was organized by Katha Manch to reinvent the art of storytelling and story writing. Katha Manch, a group dedicated to the use of stories as a pedagogical tool, aspires to fill the Language and Language Teaching Participant Profile The participants included 50 students of class IX and X, and teachers from 25 schools of Hardoi District, where Kusuma Foundation has been carrying out various intervention programmes. The teachers accompanying these students also actively participated in the workshop. Experts (Yashika Chandna, Madhu Gupta and Vijay Kumar) from Katha Manch were invited to conduct the workshop from Delhi. Sessions The workshop was divided into two sessions, pre-lunch and post-lunch. The pre-lunch session started with introductions. Participants were encouraged to introduce themselves by adding a qualifying noun starting with the first letter of Volume 3 Number 2 Issue 6 July 2014 61their name, for example, charming Chanchal, sweet Shreya, ashavaadi Akash (optimistic Akash), etc. Children were encouraged to share things that they like doing. The idea was to help the participants overcome their hesitation and encourage them to interact freely with the resource persons and with each other. Familiarity with the hobbies of the participants helped the resource persons to understand the inclination of the participants towards reading and writing stories. After the introductions, the experts asked questions related to different aspects of stories—characters, characterization, contextualization, narrative style, flow of the story, etc. Participants were encouraged to think and express their views on why stories were important. They were asked to express their opinion on various kinds of stories such as historical, social issue-based, biographical, horror, fantasy, investigative, science-fiction, etc. There was a discussion on how stories impact a person’s worldview, how stories are part of our daily life and how the same story can be read through different perspectives. How stories can be developed was one of the most pivotal points of the discussion. Through this discussion, it was concluded that a story needs to have full-bodied characters, and a problem which needs to be resolved or an experience to be shared. The language should be such that it enhances the impact of the story; literary tools such as personification, description, metaphors and similes, etc., make a story worth a read.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gupta, Madhu and Chandna, Yashika
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Storytelling and Creative Writing
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/1555
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