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Storytelling Training: What Makes a Great Story?

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Whether you're participating in the Stories: YES program in conjunction with a Museum on Main Street exhibition or creating digital stories on your own, the six modules in the Storytelling Training Series will help you think through everything to help get started. In this course, you'll  learn about the parts that make stories compelling, especially non-fiction narratives which are unique stories grounded in real-life perspectives and history. Explore how your story can be both personal and research-based at the same time. Even documentaries start with a script!

This training module was created by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in conjunction with the MuseWeb Foundation. 

Sheet Music, "Over the Rainbow"

National Museum of American History

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MuseumOnMainSt

Rockwell Kent during a radio interview

Archives of American Art

Portrait of America: The American Revolution [fresco] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Assassination of President Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Map of Maryland, Virginia

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Classics Illustrated No. 5: Moby Dick

National Museum of American History

Mark Twain [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Joys and Sorrows of Ellis Island

Archives of American Art

McDonald's Coffee Travel Mug

National Museum of American History

Braceros Working with Short-Handled Hoes

National Museum of American History

Arkansas (family on porch)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Creeping Baby Doll Patent Model

National Museum of American History

Dudley Neighbors Community Land Trust

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum