Introduction to Digital Storytelling Full-Day Workshop

November 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
119 Main St
Nanuet, NY 10954
Laura Shapiro


A digital story is a short movie (3-4 minutes long, that incorporates a personal voice over, enhanced by visuals (pictures, video, and/or art work) and sound. The story is centered on a moment of personal insight or transformation. We will explore digital storytelling using the I-movie application. We will use Apple computers, provided at the workshop.

During this introductory session you will learn:

  • elements of a digital story
  • how to find ideas for your  story and  begin to create a concise script
  • how to think about images for your story and find images for your movie
  • the basics of  Imovie:  uploading images, recording your voice, simple editing  techniques

You will not have time to complete a digital story but will have the basics to continue on your own or with additional coaching.

To see several examples of digital stories go to

This workshop is for ages 15 and above.

Please bring:

  • a bag lunch and snacks
  • a notebook and pen/ pencil
  • a set of earphones
  • extension cord ( if you have one)
  • a blank DVD ( optional- if you want to save your work)
  • a thumb drive with any personal photos you may wish to use.

Tuition:  $75 per person, laptop rental included

“Digital storytelling takes the ancient art of personal storytelling and uses movie-making software to make a story come alive with images, music, and sound mixed together with the author’s own story voice.”

—Adapted from Jason Ohler, 2010

“Digital Storytelling supports people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change…The more we search for authenticity, the more we turn our attention away from the siren call of bland uniformity, and we search for something individuated…our stories.  The ways to hear those stories is …to listen to our own stories, our own hearts and the stories of our rich, local communities…”

From Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lies, Creating Community by Joe Lambert (Berkeley, CA: Digital Diner Press, 2009)


Laura Shapiro is an experienced educator and a visual artist. She facilitates digital storytelling workshops, courses, retreats and also offers one-on-one sessions. Her digital storytelling clients include: United Hospice of Rockland; Veritas Public School, Queens; Expeditionary School for Community Leaders, Brooklyn; Dr. Albert Pfadt, NYC; and Women’s Digital Storytelling Retreat. She learned the process of digital storytelling from the Storycenter in Berkeley, California. She earned her doctorate from the Union Institute which integrated her interests in educational leadership, expressive arts, and social justice. She is a mixed media artist and has a studio in Pomona, New York. She works part-time as a School Designer for NYC Outward Bound Schools. She lives in Nyack and is passionate about teaching and making art. 

CILK119 is located at 119 Main Street, close to the Shops at Nanuet. Class participants can park on the street in front of CILK119 or in the lot next to (and south of) Rand Realty.

(Camera woman image courtesy of Peter van der Sluijs, Camera crew Brielle, CC BY-SA 3.0, photo of Laura courtesy of Creative Commons.)