Developing Imagination, Creativity, and Literacy through Collaborative Storymaking: A Way of Knowing.

Summer 2007

Source: Harvard Educational Review, v. 77 no. 2  (Summer 2007) p. 204-27.

Early in her life, Nancy King discovered that stories are rich sources of wisdom, imagination, creativity, and comfort. In this essay, King describes her personal experiences developing and using the collaborative storymaking process with young people and adults in various school settings.

The author states that collaborative storymaking establishes opportunities for students to create stories from stories, using imagemaking and abstract prompts. She maintains that the iterative process expands and improves students’ oral and written expression.

King invites other educators to include collaborative storymaking in their instructional repertoire to stimulate their own and their students’ reading, writing, and speaking skills, and to foster a supportive learning community.

Updated: Feb. 17, 2008