ERIC Number: ED348697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Storytelling: The Original Narrative.
Miller, Jerry L.
Original stories can provide a wealth of opportunity for forensics competitors. Original storytelling requires the sharing of a personal experience or family narrative that is adaptable to audiences differing in age and education. Community organizations and groups are invited to participate as audience members and vary from round to round. Evaluation is based on how well the competitor relates to the "real" audience in comparison to the other competitors in the round. An example of a family narrative is "The Blizzard of 1957," a story that has been told in the Miller family since 1957. This story, which relates how the family endured the blizzard, was one of many stories that became rituals in the family, welcoming the first snowstorm or spring rain. Storytelling is a fundamental, persuasive, and powerful mode of communicating, which provides a unique alternative for competitors to share their narratives with various audiences ranging from preschool aged children to retired individuals. Audience adaptation is a fundamental part of storytelling. Inviting community organizations and groups to participate can foster skills in audience adaptation and provide a service to the community. Storytelling offers a credible alternative to traditional forensics tournaments. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; Debate Tournaments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association, (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).