Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children

Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children

by John Olive


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939629586
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John is a widely produced and award-winning playwright. His plays include Minnesota Moon, Standing On My Knees, Killers, The Voice of the Prairie, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Clara's Play, The Summer Moon, God Fire, et al. Producing theaters have included: The Manhattan Theatre Cub, Wisdom Bridge, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Co., Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, ACT/Seattle, and many others. John has won fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Summer Moon won the Kennedy Center Award for Drama. In the past twelve years, John has written many plays for young audiences including Sideways Stories From Wayside School, The Magic Bicycle, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Pharaoh Serket and The Lost Stone of Fire, Johnny Tremain, and others. Producing theaters have included Seattle Children's Theatre, South Coat Rep, The Arden, Nashville Children's, Oregon Children's, First Stage Milwaukee, et al. John's latest at Seattle Children's (his 6th), Art Dog, opened in April of 2014. John has also written YA novels, including Smartass and Deep River (in-progress, in collaboration with David Grant) and screenplays (Amblin' Entertainment, ShadowCatcher, etc). John is presently writing an immersive adaptation of Crime and Punishment, with Live Action Set. He writes theater reviews for and lives in Minneapolis with his wife Mary and their son Michael.

Table of Contents

• Two Scenarios
• The Bennies, A Story In The Dark Why-To o Become A Master Storyteller o Enter The "Creative Zone"
o Counteract The Pernicious Influence Of Glowing Screens o Build Vocabulary o End The Battle Of Wills At Bedtime o Address A Child's Need For Stories o Create Wonderful Parenting Moments
• How To: Prepare A Bedtime Story, Set Up The Room, How To Tell It o Story Points o The Importance of Sense Detail o The Importance Of Dialogue and Vocalized Thoughts o How To "Wing It"
o Make The Bedtime Story A Special Occasion
• The Issue Of Story Intensity

• One Nighters Vs. Stories Told Over A Series Of Nights
• Nonsense Stories, 3 examples
• Myths, 2 examples
• Legends, 3 examples
• Tall Tales, 3 examples
• Fables, 1 example
• Religious Stories, 2 examples
• Stories From History, 1 example, 5 ideas
• Stories From Contemporary Life, 4 ideas
• Stories From Family History, 5 ideas
• Found Stories, From Books, Movies And Plays, 2 examples
• Fairy Tales, 6 examples

• Introduction
• The Idea Approach
• The Character Approach
• A 1-2-3 Method For Creating Effective bedtime stories

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