Events and Community Relations Manager at Compass Housing Michelle Faithfull, Grow a Star Coordinator Shane Marshall and Councillor Carol Duncan with students participating in the Digital Storytelling Workshops at City of Newcastle’s Digital Library. Picture: Supplied
in ,

Young imaginations come to life thanks to digital storytelling

Sixteen young Novocastrians are being given the chance to mix imagination and technology thanks to a series of workshops being held at City of Newcastle’s Digital Library.

The students embarked on a five-week program, on Thursday, that explores the theory of storytelling techniques and narrative development using modern mediums such as virtual and augmented reality, and animation.

The workshops are delivered in partnership with Newcastle Libraries and Compass Housing’s Grow A Star Project – a youth mentoring and scholarship program that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.

Councillor Carol Duncan said the Digital Storytelling workshops encourage students to harness their creativity and imagination while sharing their experiences through modern story telling techniques. 

“The Grow a Star scholarship program provides young people living in disadvantage with opportunities that they may not normally have access to,” Cr Duncan said. 

“The workshops are an excellent way to increase digital literacy through creative digital technologies and ‘world building’ and at the completion of the course, the students will have a portfolio that will allow them to follow work experience and tertiary educational opportunities.”

CoN Libraries and Learning Manager Suzie Gately echoed the sentiment adding: ““While the students will apply the traditional skills of storytelling and building a narrative, they will learn how to create video featuring virtual reality presented by a Newcastle virtual and augmented reality studio.

“Immersive storytelling through innovative video is a powerful tool that can truly bring our imagination to life.” 

The program runs until Thursday 17 June and, upon completion, the students’ work will be made available on the Digital Library’s interactive story wall.