Legal Bits Episode #14 – Stories That Stick
Researchers confidently believe dolphins communicate with one another. Elephants consistently display empathy. What then, makes humans different? Perhaps it is the ability to tell stories. Unlike any other creature, humans weave language, inflection, and context to share incredible tales.
Many young girls and boys desire to tell their stories, and they often need somewhere to go. Stephanie Atkins started The Shire to give those creative children a place to tell their stories, through writing, podcasts, and theater. As the vision grew, Stephanie founded StoryArk, a nonprofit organization focused on mentoring, nurturing, and caring for the emotional wellbeing of young storytellers. She had a vision to serve students from grades six through graduation, even if she had no idea how to start. As Stephanie quickly learned, many people will ignore a lack of expertise and trust a passionate vision.
One of the best ways to find a vision is to use what Stephanie calls the “Spaghetti Wall” approach. It’s not as crazy as it might sound, though it definitely requires some out-of-the-box thinking. In a time when stories are all around, it’s never been a better time to be a writer.
Plus, is a spinoff going to violate copyright laws? You might not want to start a Kickstarter just yet.
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To learn more about StoryArk, or to find classes for a young storyteller in your life, visit Stephanie’s website.