Welcome to Story Xperiential!

Week 1: What if...

Monday, October 3 - Saturday, October 8
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • We are all storytellers.
  • "What if..." is a great exercise to get you out of your logical brain space and spark your imagination.
  • Telling stories takes a great deal of work and requires lots of iterations.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Brainstorming  
1 hour of Drawing & Writing
1 hour to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Brainstorm “What if…” ideas to spark possibilities for your story.
 
Make a simple presentation of your 3 favorite ideas.
Give feedback on 3 submissions.

Outline of the Program:

Week 2: Character

Monday, October 10 - Saturday, October 15
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • How to create a character the audience cares about.
  • Who your character is internally vs externally.
  • What their wants vs needs are. What obstacles, challenges, and emotions they experience.
  • A Character Arc is the evolution your character goes through during the course of your story.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
2 hours of Character Development Exercises
 1 hour of Drawing & Writing
1 hour to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Develop a profile of your story’s main character that presents the following information:

The character's name is: ______

On the outside, they look like: ______

On the inside, they are: ______

What they want most is: ______

What stops them from getting what they want is: ______

What they need to learn is: ______

Week 3: Art

Monday, October 17- Saturday, October 22
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Introduction to Visual Language: Line, Shape, Tone, Color, Space, and Motion.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Art Exercises
1-2 hours of Drawing
ASSIGNMENT
Roughly sketch your story's character in their world.

Week 4: Outline

Week 4: Outline

Monday, October 24- Saturday, October 29
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Story structure is made up of Major Beats, which are the most important moments in your story that make up Act 1, 2 & 3. 
  • The Theme or Moral is what the character needs to learn by the end of the story.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
2-3 hours of Writing
1-2 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Create an outline of your short story using the Story Spine:
Once upon a time...
Every day...
Until one day...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Until finally...
And ever since then...
The moral of the story is...

Week 5: Act 1

*Tuesday, November 1- Saturday, November 5
*NOTE: Livestream is on Tuesday at 5pm PT, due to Halloween
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Minor Beats are the series of events that support each Major Beat.
  • How to use Storyboarding Techniques.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
1-2 hours of Storyboarding
1-2 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 1 in your story.

Week 6: Act 2

Monday, November 7- Saturday, November 12
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • How to use Visual Language, Action, and/or Narration to tell your story effectively.
  • How to use Shot Types to best frame a scene.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
2-3 hours of Storyboarding
1-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 2 in your story.
Make a Storyreel of Acts 1 + 2. (reuse your Act 1 from the previous week unless you've made changes)

Weeks 7 & 8: Act 3

Monday, November 14-Saturday, November 26
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • What makes a successful Act 3. 
  • What your protagonist will learn and how they will demonstrate that.
  • How the world will change and what the audience will feel at the end.
TIME COMMITMENT
1 hour Livestream
1-2 hours of Writing
2-3 hours of Storyboarding
1-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Flesh out and sketch the Minor Beats of Act 3 in your story.
Create a Storyreel of all three Acts.

Week 9: Editing

Monday, November 28 -*Friday, December 3
*NOTE: Your final story reel is due on Friday, December 3
KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Learning to manage your time.
  • How Sound & Music can enhance your Storytelling.
  • Experience is the best way to improve.
TIME COMMITMENT
(2 weeks)
1 hour Livestream
1 hour of Writing
3-4 hours of Storyboarding
2-3 hours to Create Video
ASSIGNMENT
Fix any remaining issues and finish your final Storyreel for the Exhibition. 
Add sound effects and music.(optional)

Final Exhibition

Friday, December 9 at 5pm PT
What's Next?
We will continue to give you ongoing access to all the content and galleries in this course.
 
Share your work widely and continue interacting with our community on the website or join our Discord.
Thank you so much for joining us on this Wonderful Adventure! We wish you well on all your future endeavors!
Exhibition Website
We will create a public Exhibition page with ALL final submissions.
 
The Awards Ceremony is a 30-minute video which will go live at 5pm PT/8pm ET on Friday, August 26th.
 
All participants who submit a final Storyreel will earn a Story Xperiential Certificate of Completion.
How it Works
Users will vote on each other's work to determine User Choice Awards on August 20th-22nd.
 
If you upload later than August 20th, you cannot be considered for User Choice Awards.
We award both Storyreels as well as individuals who give great feedback throughout the program.

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Our goal for Story Xperiential is to foster an educational platform that serves as a safe space for all people to bring their authentic voice and engage in learning free of judgment and ridicule—where all backgrounds, cultures, genders, learning styles, and ability levels are welcomed and celebrated for their uniqueness and potential to inspire.

We do not condone any story content that promotes violence or hate.

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