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Outcomes: Successful students should have an understanding of and the skills to effectively
communicate Setting, Spatial and Environmental Storytelling.
Deliverables: 1 x Setting Design Document
1 x 1 – 2 page Short story : Spatial / Environmental storytelling
Students are to create a Setting Design Document of a space that communicates aparticular narrative. The Document can be as long as necessary to describe the details of your world. (The more detail and thought you have about the world, the more effective the design document)
Students are also to write a short descriptive passage that walks the reader through this designed space, communicating aspects of the world through environmental storytelling. This scene should provide the reader with a clear sense of the space and the world with one or two points of interest that deepen the narrative of this space.
Things to Remember:
Design Document • You may use drawings(recommended) and images to facilitate the designing of this space. Draw it out.
• Think about the purpose of the space. • Setting and background should not just be there for the sake of being a setting. How is the setting adding, informing and facilitating the narrative?
• Your document should include details about the mood and atmosphere of the space, why it is like that, how it should make the character feel etc. to show your understanding of the space and the why and how it came to be. • You are not limited to the amount of information you may include in your design document. You are strongly encouraged to enrich the setting design document as much as you can. Consider having some basic headings to guide your process, such as: World – What institutional systems are in place in the world? (Economic, political, religious, magical…) Geography – what is the physical topology of the land, how does this affect the construction of settlements. What is the climate of the world? Location – Where does the story take place? Why? (Does it take place in your characters domicile? Consider what this implies for the narrative. Micro-locations – What small details about the space can add extra information about the narrative or the characters? Are there wanted posters all over the town with your character’s face? Or the villains – does this foreshadow a conflict between your protagonist and the antagonist, or does it speak to a larger conflict that is going to envelop the world? As mentioned – the more thought that has been put into the setting, the easier it is to write the narrative – and avoid holes in the story.
Short Story • The short story should walk the reader through the space. It doesn’t have to explore every aspect of the designed area (for example, every room in a house), but there should be a traversal of the interesting parts of the space in some way. • Use rich descriptions of various points of interest to create vignettes of the world.
• The description should be descriptive without being prescriptive. • These points of interest should be moments of environmental storytelling where small stories of the world, or background details are gleaned from the environment.
• This is a task in expository writing. However, still making use of show, don’t tell.
• Note: Try not to use a character for the POV.
Criteria Students will be marked on their designing of the space to be meaningful. As well as their ability to tell small narratives through this design and through descriptions of the designed setting. Marks will be deducted for missing the relevant headings in your document.