Communicating Through Story Characters

Communicating Through Story Characters

by Pamela Brooke
     
 

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From Aesop's fables to Christ's parables to the Grimm Brother's fairytales, storytelling has been a valuable teaching tool throughout history. In this book, Pamela Brooke shows how storytelling can effectively be used to affect change and educate individuals, particularly in developing countries, through various radio formats, including short spots, plays, soap

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From Aesop's fables to Christ's parables to the Grimm Brother's fairytales, storytelling has been a valuable teaching tool throughout history. In this book, Pamela Brooke shows how storytelling can effectively be used to affect change and educate individuals, particularly in developing countries, through various radio formats, including short spots, plays, soap operas, and novellas. Using real-life examples such as the use of radio drama in malaria prevention in Africa, she discusses the ins and outs of developing educational radio programs, including offering advice on where to look for talented actors, what you should consider in using sound effects, and how to organize the recording session. Regardless of the message, whether it is to affect change in personal behavior or a call for social reform, telling a story with vivid characters and a mesmerizing plot is the most effective way to penetrate the audience's consciousness. Contents: When the Facts are Not Enough; How We Learn From Stories; How to Choose a Radio Format and Dramatic Style; How to Create a Radio Drama Storyline; How to Write a Radio Drama Script; How to Bring a Script to Life in the Studio; References; Index.

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Writer and educator Brooke noticed that many of the stories used to convey new concepts to people in developing countries are simply bad stories and ineffective in convincing the listener or reader of the ideas being disseminated. She explains to development workers when to use a story, how people learn from stories, choosing a format and style, creating a storyline, writing a script, and bringing the story to life. Her focus is to make the characters, their situation, their values, and their actions believable to the specific audience targeted. She uses her major medium of radio drama as the example, but the principles can be applied to print, television or video, and live theater. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780819199256
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
07/25/1995
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.36(d)

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