Participants are told about the process before the workshop itself. They are situated in the digital storytelling process, are given space to understand the purpose of the workshop and the issues that are being explored. Preparatory work with participants can take place face to face, or also through providing guidance materials and information, both further contribute to the process of consent, and the building of trust and a safe environment within the workshop.
- Participant experience informs the design of the workshop
Workshop design and planning is supported by facilitators learning more about the technical skills of participants, and their emotional preparedness in advance of the workshop. In terms of technical skills, longer workshops should be considered where participants have less experience. Attention to participants’ emotional well-being is critical given the intimacy, honesty and the complex emotions involved in telling a personal story. Support throughout the workshop can be provided by professional counsellors, and ensuring the facilitation team has enough people in it with the right skill set to provide ongoing support when needed. This preparatory work also helps facilitators understand what support structures are available to participants once the workshop ends, and which spaces they may want to take their stories into.
Download preparatory questionnaire: This document provides an example of the kinds of preparatory questions for participants that can support workshop planning.
Download DST technical assessment: In order to help understand the technical skills of participants
At this point participants are invited to bring relevant materials with them such as photographs to help visualise the story they are wanting to tell, and music that may evoke memories or make a powerful statement.
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