About Works In Progress

Robert's Raves
Robert Rodriguez's popular series examining story elements and themes in tales from around the world.

The European Scene
Sam Cannarozzi's articles on European feativals and happenings.

Story Types
Articles on specific stories, genres, and types of telling.

Tips and Programs
How-to articles.

Reports on some of the best.

Of recordings, books, games, and other stuff.

Panel Reviews
Listen in as a group of reviewers debate and discuss their reactions to the latest releases.

Joe's Page
Contributions by and about the late storyteller Joe Healy

Our Contributors

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About Works In Progress
by Alan Irvine, Editor

Welcome to Works In Progress.

Or perhaps that should be Welcome to Works In Progress, Volume 2. Works In Progress started life as a print journal, published jointly by the Mid-Atlantic Storytellers and StorySwap (of Pittsburgh, PA) from 1995-2000. In 2000, however, we decided to shift to an on-line format. We had a number of reasons for the switch, but the most important were the possibilities for achieving our vision of what Works In Progress can be.

Works In Progress is a forum, a place to present ideas and opinions about storytelling, to discuss, debate, and argue about the art form. Nothing here is presented as the final word on the subject, simply as ideas to consider, respond to, interact with, even disagree with. As, well, as works in progress. You will find articles on both the theory and practice of storytelling, debates over issues in the field, practical tips and ideas for telling, accounts of storytelling events and experiences, reviews of tapes, books, games and anything else storytelling related. We have also brought the best of our print journal (our Volume 1) on-line. You will find some of our most popular and some of our most controversial features and debates from the past, along with new material, ideas, and resources.

We will up-date these pages every couple of months as new material and comments come in. So we invite you to check back periodically, and more importantly, to explore the material we have gathered here, to enjoy, disagree, get irritated, respond, and submit new articles and ideas to start us off in yet new directions.


Special Features

Why I Hate Lady Ragnell Alan Irvine's article and the rebuttal it engendered.

The Disney Stories Debate

What Are the Rules?

Variations on Storycrafting: Thomas the Rymer