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Story Card Activity

Story cards are an incredibly useful tool for warming up your storytelling muscles. Here’s a quick activity you can do alone or with a partner to get your inner raconteur on.

Time: 10-20 minutes

Tools + Materials:

  • Pen or pencil
  • A partner or your imagination
  • Story Card Worksheet

In class, we like to use Tell Me a Story Cards, which are available for purchase on Amazon.  If you have a set, they fit quite nicely into this version of the worksheet: Tell Me a Story Card Worksheet

If you just can’t possibly wait for snail mail to deliver a set of story cards, try this version of our worksheet with prompts from Flickr: Story Card Activity Worksheet


1. Set a timer for 10 minutes. No more, no less.

2. Using the prompts on your story cards or worksheet, construct a story in 10 minutes. Don’t let the order of the images dictate the arc of your story. Use them for inspiration for your characters, setting, and plot development. Use the wildcard space as a fourth prompt. You can choose what you want the wildcard to be at the beginning of the exercise, or let it form organically as you’re creating your story.

3. When 10 minutes is up, share your story with your partner. Give yourself 3 minutes to share your story and 3 minutes for feedback from your partner. Switch. If you’re working alone, give yourself a pat on the back and reflect on your story for a few moments.

4. When giving feedback, consider the story within the context of these storytelling principles.




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