Designing the Sensory Experience

Designing the Sensory Experience


🎲 Topic: Designing the Sensory Experience

Join us on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 4:00 pm (PT)/7:00 pm (ET), for our live Spilling Ink Event: “Designing the Sensory Experience”. We will discuss how stories can make the listener or reader see, smell, taste, hear, and feel every detail it possesses.

There are many things that we, as readers, writers, creators, and listeners love about stories. A story has the capacity to transcend time, teach us, remind us about life and who we are, preserve our memories, bring us together in community, and a story can reach us through our senses, helping us to see, smell, taste, hear and feel its every detail.

How does a story possess such power? If told, written, or shared properly, a story can reach us at our core because it is a sensory experience. For us, as recipients of the story gift, we have the ability to connect with it so intensely because of how beautifully our brain and nervous system can process emotions, memories, and sensations, and build connections between our external experience and internal experience. In the various cultures and traditions of Native Peoples all around the world and throughout time, the story has been held to be the most sacred. It is a gift passed down and along between members of the community, told in order to teach, to entertain, to explain, and to connect.

As a well-known Native American proverb puts it, “Tell me the facts and I'll learn. Tell me the truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Elders of native communities tend to be the holders and givers of the greatest stories, because, in their vast experience, it is they who possess the understanding of how to share a story in a way that will be felt and remembered so that it can be preserved and passed on. This is the storyteller's responsibility - to present a story so that the listener or reader can see, smell, taste, hear, and feel its every detail.

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