What Stories Are and Why We Read Them

From 2014 CCCA Razor's Edge Conference

Author Ron Hansen considers why stories have the incredible power to captivate attention and engage listeners. He notes that stories for their own sake, without a particularly intentional theme from the author, are the most engaging sort. Hansen states that stories bring a listener into the mind of another and provide opportunities to relate and learn that are wholly unique to the medium.

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    by Chris Baron

    13:40 — March 1, 2014

    Under the Broom Tree: Part I

    Writer and educator Chris Baron shares selections of his poetry as well as some of his story to provide context. He explains his background of being raised in a Jewish family in New York, convertin...

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    8. What Stories Are and Why We Read Them

    by Ron Hansen

    21:08 — March 1, 2014

    What Stories Are and Why We Read Them

    Author Ron Hansen considers why stories have the incredible power to captivate attention and engage listeners. He notes that stories for their own sake, without a particularly intentional theme fro...

  • 9. A Musical Moment

    by Chris Wills

    17:13 — March 1, 2014

    A Musical Moment

    Professor Chris Wills speaks about the power of music to communicate story. He shares a variety of compositional techniques and timbres that enable a composer to relay ideas to the listening audien...

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