Digital Story Jumpstart

Open Seats


Regular $105.00
Member $94.50
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Digital Storytelling
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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This class walks you through the basics of creating a digital story—a short video that uses the human voice, still and moving images, and music to tell a compelling story. You can use one of the texts provided in class for your digital story, or you can bring your own short piece of poetry or prose (200 words or less). The class explores how visuals can be used to enhance, refine, specify and emphasize meaning in a text. Topics also include planning your video (storyboarding), recording your narration, choosing visuals and music, and assembling your media using a simple video editing program (Adobe Spark). While you may not complete your digital story during the daylong class, you will have all the tools you need to create a finished product in the future.

Suitable for beginners. This online class will combine live sessions on Zoom with independent work time for creating your video. Break time for lunch will be incorporated. You must have a computer with broadband access and you should have basic computer skills (e.g., ability to use Microsoft Word). While the teaching artist can help you with the technical aspects of using computer applications, Loft staff is not able to provide assistance for hardware and software problems. Maximum of 10 students. NOTE: While there are many kinds of digital stories, this class focuses on short video.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.