Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Digital Storytelling

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:

Digital Storytelling


 A short story told using digital formats such as comics, 

Tipsa to z

  1. Start with a storyboard.
  2. Include lots of pictures mixed with text.
  3. Gear writing for K-12. Yes, this is a wide range but the story you tell will be age-appropriate.
  4. Stories are short–easily read within 5-10 minutes.
  5. Digital stories can include text, images, audio, video, GIFs, and more.

Popular Books

  1. Telling Their Stories – Oral History Archive Project of the Urban School
  2. Youth Producing Change – Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
  3. Many Fractured Fairy Tales

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More D Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


44 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Digital Storytelling

  1. I wasn’t familiar with this genre, although I used to read graphic novels and have done a fair amount of digital scrapbooking in my day. I never thought about creating a story from those efforts. Interesting!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – gosh I must be way behind the times … so good to know I’ve got to this post … delighted to read it – digital storytelling – I’m sure can apply in many areas. Good for you for doing the A-Z over a time frame … perhaps I should have done that this year … but I’ll probably be back next year … thanks for this – cheers Hilary

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  3. I do that all the time at the office. There we call it, RCAs, root cause analysis. These reports include graphs, instant message logs, emails, data tables and always ends with the lead investigator naming who caused the system to crash. The plots are a bit predictable, but we always get the culprit …

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  4. Thanks, Jaqui, you’ve reminded me that I went to a taster session for digital story telling a few years ago and we saw some fantastic programmes for creating these. I’d forgotten.

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