Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Open Seats


Regular $280.00
Member $252.00
January 24, 2022 - March 14, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Digital Story Telling (formerly New Media)
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
8 Week
Class Digital Storytelling Genre Rectangle

Digital stories build self-awareness, create community, and give voice to those who have not been heard. While there are many kinds of digital stories, this class focuses on how to create a short video that combines oral narration, visuals, and music to tell a compelling story.

The class will cover everything you need to know to create a short video based on a life experience. Topics include finding your story; structuring your script; writing concisely for video; storyboarding; working with images and sound; and editing for pacing and impact. You'll learn how to assemble and share your story using an accessible video editing program. Class time will be divided between group Zoom sessions (including discussion of your developing digital stories) and hands-on work time (including breakout sessions with the instructor).

The class is suitable for beginners and may appeal to teachers, visual artists, and any writer interested in new storytelling techniques. No previous digital media experience required, but you should have a computer, broadband access, and basic computer skills (e.g., ability to use Microsoft Word). A free video editing program and technical support from the teaching artist are provided. Students will be required to view a wide range of digital stories on the Web. Online readings may be assigned and posted in the Google Classroom site. Maximum of 10 students.

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.