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Megan Marshall, UWYO 1450 Instructor
Exploring the Functions of Storytelling
Storytelling is the most common experience that humans share; it is how we come to understand ourselves along with the world around us. If you are interested in teaching or helping others as a career (education, social work, psychology), this class will help you see how you can use the power of stories to explore any and all subjects. We will start by looking at the history of storytelling while analyzing some of the ways stories are told – from oral tradition to blogs, from documentaries to graphic novels, from museum exhibits to stand-up comedy – and experiment with these methods in the telling of our own stories. This will lead to a final activity in which you will draw on your own strengths and interests to create, and share, a storytelling project of your own.
Storytelling and narrative function across the curriculum; multicultural literacy, especially how it pertains to adolescent investment/motivation regarding reading and writing.
Books: There are so many amazing writers and books out there, and I have
piles of favorites. Topping the list, though, is Kurt Vonnegut. I love
him with the nerdiest parts of my heart.
Music: Arcade Fire, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Doctor Dog, The Hold Steady
Interests and hobbies
I love mountain biking and swimming (preferably in the Atlantic); cooking; gardening; writing (or thinking about it, anyway); taking trips with my family; and having daily adventures and/or dance parties with my 3 year old son.
BA English Literature, University of Southern Maine
MFA Creative Writing, University of Wyoming
Currently working on my PhD in Literacy Education, University of Wyoming