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Virtual Workshop: Principles of Storytelling

Like many others, I had an event canceled due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19.  It was to be a workshop at a local library on writing, intended for teens involved in the library’s summer reading program.  In lieu of an in-person event, I produced a video instead, which the library shared on their Facebook page, and which I’ve embedded below.

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What Musical Tension Teaches Us about Storytelling

Like many other creatives during the age of physical distancing and semi-quarantine, I’ve been dabbling in a smattering of creative hobbies.  Among these is music – I have a couple of guitars, but it had been a while since picking up one.  Along the way, I also grabbed a book from Kindle Unlimited on music theory (Music Theory: From Absolute Beginner to Expert by Nicolas Carter) .  Lo and behold, in between all of the stuff about the chromatic scale, extended cords, and diatonic modes was an unexpected connection to storytelling:

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