The Future of Storytelling
Once upon a time yet to come…
Once upon a time yet to come…
The ability to craft and tell
stories diffused through world
populations, faster than ever.
Both the knowledge of how to
construct and tell stories and the
tools for building your experience at
storytelling became
...
So more people told more
stories to more people than ever
in history.
That trend continued.
So Phil made nine predictions...
1.
Storytelling knowledge and skills
previously reserved for expensive
and exclusive film schools and writer
workshops wil...
Why can't third-graders take
apart and reconstruct a short
story?
Draft your first sitcom in grade
six?
Write your first novella for your
year 9 language class?
If nothing else, competitive
pressure to write college admission
essays will drive home the
importance of story skills to
...
2.
Literacy will raise
expectations.
Storytelling quality soars
In the US, at least, we each see
hundreds of adverts daily, so we
develop ad blindness, ignoring the
bland and generic. It...
The same will happen as stories
bombard you.
We'll expect more from stories
even as we better understand
the art and craft of the
storyteller.
The movies of 1920 were magic
and you could easily suspend
disbelief. Now it takes great art to
achieve the same captivati...
3.
Professional education will
advance the art.
From Art to Engineering
We're now ready to engineer and
manufacture stories, able to
teach creators how to architect
and construct tales to meet
s...
Storytelling will also become
interdisciplinary.
We'll see Storytelling for
[INSERT DISCIPLINE HERE]
become standard for e...
4.
Other information will become
wrapped in storytelling.
Stories for every occasion
An annual report becomes a
collection of short stories about
projects and their heroic
employees.
Your monthly phone bill recounts
the story of your month, with the
people you talked to, the places
you went, the games yo...
5.
More storytelling will be
automated.
Machines spin tales
We already have bots that
generate news stories from
sports stats and scores.
We are awash in opportunities
to continue this trend.
Natural language processing
technologies and deeper
understanding of story structure
patterns hold the promise to
broaden ...
6.
More storytelling will start with
mobile products.
Wherever you go, there you author stories
Smartphones outnumber
computers.
So expect more
microblogged literature
(one tweet at a time)
dictation apps
(speak your story,
the service transcribes it,
you stitch the pieces together
and edit into a whole)
mobile storycraft communities
(critique my script)
story planning apps
(character generators,
plot frameworks)
mobile story markets
(bid for this on the spot
coverage of #OccupyOakland)
mobile moviemaking tools
(I love Cinemek Storyboard aka Hitchcock)
7.
More authoring will be
massively collaborative.
We Author Together
There may be value in artistic
credit, but we'll also see wiki culture
where a hundred people chip in to
make the best ver...
8.
Spielers (oral storytellers) and
tummlers (people who urge an
audience to participate) will
become professions outside ...
Scientists will want
a spieler to tell the
story of their
research proposal.
Urban developers
will want tummlers to
facilitate town hall
meetings.
Right now we hope to find
people gifted in these arts...
In the future credentialed
storytellers will have
certifications, licenses and metrics
that attest to their professional
a...
9.
New storytelling media will
evolve to build on old media.
Theater and play at its roots
I personally can't wait to be in the
first MMORPG augmented reality
murder mystery and dance
flashmob in the London
underg...
This won’t be easy
My grandmother
Annie grew up with
horses and
carriages; never
adjusted to owning
and driving cars.
Whole categories of storytellers
face job loss as their services
become commodities, as they
fail to adjust
When everyone tells stories,
when things tell stories,
you must be exceptionally
talented and skilled to prosper
as an aut...
How will you tell this story?
What roles will you play?
What will this future mean for
the people and causes that
matter t...
Happily Ever After,
your protagonist,
Phil Wolff
narrative engineer
http://twitter.com/evanwolf
http://facebook.com/philwo...
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Once upon a time yet to come… The ability to craft and tell stories diffused through world populations, faster than ever. Both the knowledge of how to construct and tell stories and the tools for building your experience at storytelling became cheaper, easier, faster and more convenient. So more people told more stories to more people than ever in history. That trend continued.
So Phil made nine predictions...

1. Everyone tells stories well. Storytelling knowledge and skills previously reserved for expensive and exclusive film schools and writer workshops will become standard K-12 curricula.

2. Storytelling quality soars. Literacy will raise expectations.

3. From Art to Engineering. Professional education will advance the art.

4. Stories for every occasion. Other information will become wrapped in storytelling.

5. Machines spin tales. More storytelling will be automated.

6. Wherever you go, there you author stories. More storytelling will start with mobile products.

7. We Author Together. More authoring will be massively collaborative.

8. Storytelling gets things done. Spielers (oral storytellers) and tummlers (people who urge an audience to participate) will become professions outside of the arts.

9. Theater and play at its roots. New storytelling media will evolve to build on old media.

Happily Ever After,
your protagonist,
Phil Wolff
narrative engineer
http://twitter.com/evanwolf
http://facebook.com/philwolff
http://linkedin.com/in/philwolff
http://quora.com/Phil-Wolff
pwolff@dijest.com +15104448234 skype:evanwolf

This is part of a longer conversation about the future of storytelling craft on Quora. http://b.qr.ae/1eyoRUh

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  1. 1. The Future of Storytelling Once upon a time yet to come…
  2. 2. Once upon a time yet to come… The ability to craft and tell stories diffused through world populations, faster than ever.
  3. 3. Both the knowledge of how to construct and tell stories and the tools for building your experience at storytelling became cheaper, easier, faster and more convenient.
  4. 4. So more people told more stories to more people than ever in history.
  5. 5. That trend continued.
  6. 6. So Phil made nine predictions...
  7. 7. 1. Storytelling knowledge and skills previously reserved for expensive and exclusive film schools and writer workshops will become standard K- 12 curricula. Everyone tells stories well
  8. 8. Why can't third-graders take apart and reconstruct a short story?
  9. 9. Draft your first sitcom in grade six?
  10. 10. Write your first novella for your year 9 language class?
  11. 11. If nothing else, competitive pressure to write college admission essays will drive home the importance of story skills to students and parents.
  12. 12. 2. Literacy will raise expectations. Storytelling quality soars
  13. 13. In the US, at least, we each see hundreds of adverts daily, so we develop ad blindness, ignoring the bland and generic. It takes something special for an ad to break through.
  14. 14. The same will happen as stories bombard you.
  15. 15. We'll expect more from stories even as we better understand the art and craft of the storyteller.
  16. 16. The movies of 1920 were magic and you could easily suspend disbelief. Now it takes great art to achieve the same captivation and immersion.
  17. 17. 3. Professional education will advance the art. From Art to Engineering
  18. 18. We're now ready to engineer and manufacture stories, able to teach creators how to architect and construct tales to meet specific goals, specifications, and constraints.
  19. 19. Storytelling will also become interdisciplinary. We'll see Storytelling for [INSERT DISCIPLINE HERE] become standard for every university major.
  20. 20. 4. Other information will become wrapped in storytelling. Stories for every occasion
  21. 21. An annual report becomes a collection of short stories about projects and their heroic employees.
  22. 22. Your monthly phone bill recounts the story of your month, with the people you talked to, the places you went, the games you played, revealing life themes.
  23. 23. 5. More storytelling will be automated. Machines spin tales
  24. 24. We already have bots that generate news stories from sports stats and scores.
  25. 25. We are awash in opportunities to continue this trend.
  26. 26. Natural language processing technologies and deeper understanding of story structure patterns hold the promise to broaden the range of stories machines can tell without human assistance.
  27. 27. 6. More storytelling will start with mobile products. Wherever you go, there you author stories
  28. 28. Smartphones outnumber computers.
  29. 29. So expect more
  30. 30. microblogged literature (one tweet at a time)
  31. 31. dictation apps (speak your story, the service transcribes it, you stitch the pieces together and edit into a whole)
  32. 32. mobile storycraft communities (critique my script)
  33. 33. story planning apps (character generators, plot frameworks)
  34. 34. mobile story markets (bid for this on the spot coverage of #OccupyOakland)
  35. 35. mobile moviemaking tools (I love Cinemek Storyboard aka Hitchcock)
  36. 36. 7. More authoring will be massively collaborative. We Author Together
  37. 37. There may be value in artistic credit, but we'll also see wiki culture where a hundred people chip in to make the best version of a given element. Community will emerge around the crafting and the consumption of these stories.
  38. 38. 8. Spielers (oral storytellers) and tummlers (people who urge an audience to participate) will become professions outside of the arts. Storytelling gets things done
  39. 39. Scientists will want a spieler to tell the story of their research proposal.
  40. 40. Urban developers will want tummlers to facilitate town hall meetings.
  41. 41. Right now we hope to find people gifted in these arts...
  42. 42. In the future credentialed storytellers will have certifications, licenses and metrics that attest to their professional ability to present stories in ways that achieve goals.
  43. 43. 9. New storytelling media will evolve to build on old media. Theater and play at its roots
  44. 44. I personally can't wait to be in the first MMORPG augmented reality murder mystery and dance flashmob in the London underground. Ender’s Party
  45. 45. This won’t be easy
  46. 46. My grandmother Annie grew up with horses and carriages; never adjusted to owning and driving cars.
  47. 47. Whole categories of storytellers face job loss as their services become commodities, as they fail to adjust
  48. 48. When everyone tells stories, when things tell stories, you must be exceptionally talented and skilled to prosper as an author, a spieler, or a tummler
  49. 49. How will you tell this story? What roles will you play? What will this future mean for the people and causes that matter to you?
  50. 50. Happily Ever After, your protagonist, Phil Wolff narrative engineer http://twitter.com/evanwolf http://facebook.com/philwolff http://linkedin.com/in/philwolff http://quora.com/Phil-Wolff pwolff@dijest.com +15104448234 skype:evanwolf
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