Event Title

The “Science” of Story Structure

Presenter Information

Diana Witt, James Madison University

Date

April 2020

Description

Stories are immensely human. They help us learn and understand cultural and social contexts. The stories that we tell, see, and read have profound effects on our ideas and emotions, causing us to have visceral reactions. Stories are truly at the crux of how people relate to each other. In this talk, I will explore the necessary elements of stories and why they are effective. Storytellers across all mediums build plot and characters to make an audience care and draw them in. Authors and screenwriters have theorized about the main structures into which all stories fall. In modern media, story artists for film and television use story beats and spines to outline the trajectory of stories. While stories from different disciplines may have similarities, innovation and creativity will keep stories engaging to the contemporary audience.

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This flash talk is based on an individual research project.

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The “Science” of Story Structure

Stories are immensely human. They help us learn and understand cultural and social contexts. The stories that we tell, see, and read have profound effects on our ideas and emotions, causing us to have visceral reactions. Stories are truly at the crux of how people relate to each other. In this talk, I will explore the necessary elements of stories and why they are effective. Storytellers across all mediums build plot and characters to make an audience care and draw them in. Authors and screenwriters have theorized about the main structures into which all stories fall. In modern media, story artists for film and television use story beats and spines to outline the trajectory of stories. While stories from different disciplines may have similarities, innovation and creativity will keep stories engaging to the contemporary audience.