How to Create a Digital Story About Your Favourite Author

When writers get together, they inevitably talk about what they’re reading. A way of getting to know another author is through the books that they read, the ones they come back to and the ones they most love.

Through the Edmonton Public Library’s Digital Storytelling program, I created a digital story about my favourite author, Clarice Lispector and I encourage other Alberta writers and readers to do the same.

Of course, it’s incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just one author or even one book. But I know that I’ve found many of the books I’ve most been inspired by from listening to my writer friends talk about something that’s moved them.

It’s really simple and fun. I used still images that I took using my Nikon DSLR, my iPhone, and a couple of illustrations that my daughter Chloe created for me. As well, I used a video clip from my iPhone. I imported them into a free app called Adobe Spark.

After that, it was just a matter of recording my voice (which I did with my iPhone) and adding some royalty free music available in the app. Give it a try and share your digital story!

(Don’t worry—no library books were dog-eared in the making of this video!)

If you’re interested in reading work by Clarice Lispector, I recommend beginning with A Breath of Life or Aqua Viva. Then, read more about her fascinating life in Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser.

Want to create a digital story about your favorite book or author Get started with ideas and resources from EPL’s Edmonton Stories website.

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