Ever wish you had something to write about when your brain goes dead? The Storymatic here to the rescue.
Any long-time writer knows the horrors of writer's block, but luckily, The Storymatic is here to help.
I got this as a gift and after dinner that night we decided to use it as a storytelling contest--it was a blast.
-- Customer comment on Amazon
It's like making up stories around a campfire. But it's better because you get help letting your imagination run free.
-- Chicago Tribune
I just awarded Storymatic Kids with a 2012 PAL Award for its incredibly fun way to learn to tell and write stories!
-- Sherry Artemenko, founder of the Play Advances Language award
I think this looks like fun and if I was a teacher and could write is off as a job expense then I would buy one right now. Since I am not a teacher I am going to ask for one for my birthday.
You can’t NOT write a story. Or write a song. Or make a movie. In other words, you can’t not starting spinning a tale.
What People Are Saying
The Storymatic is quite wonderful--an amazing way to learn and to delight in learning. This ingeniously creative game will soon take its place alongside Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, and others that have thrilled children of all ages!
Jay Neugeboren, author of 17 books,
including two prize winning novels
(The Stolen Jew and Before My Life Began),
two prize-winning non-fiction books
(Imagining Robert and Transforming Madness),
and three collections of award-winning stories.
Storymatic is the bomb. If your writing gears are stuck, Storymatic un-sticks them. If your inspirational well runs bone dry, Storymatic wets the proverbial writing whistle. The stories inside Storymatic are just bursting to get out of their box. Can you hear them? "Let me out!" they are screaming. They want to be told.
Ethan Gilsdorf, journalist, travel writer, teacher
and author of "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks:
An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players,
Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms."
Contact him at www.ethangilsdorf.com
The Storymatic can be especially effective with Toastmasters. It can be used by individuals looking for inspiration to create speeches, which in Toastmasters includes international speech, tall tales, and humorous speeches. The Storymatic can be a good way for the Toastmaster to get creative juices flowing. For example, in individual club meetings, the Storymatic can be used for table topics, which is a regular feature of club meetings. Since Toastmaster meetings have tight agendas, I do suggest having the Table Topics Master pull The Storymatic cards in advance. That way, the Topics Master can assign cards that will help steer the speaker in a direction that seems reasonably likely to generate ideas for a story that can be told in at least one minute and not more than two-and-a-half minutes. Ideally, these speeches stop at about two minutes, and speakers are disqualified if the time of the speech is 2:31. By using The Storymatic, the Topics Master can help with the goal of giving the speaker a fun or interesting topic that is somewhat but not heavily challenging to cover in extemporaneous style.
Public Health Speakers
(Fort Worth, Texas)
Area 62 Governor,
Distict 25 Toastmasters
I teach at a high school Career Center. We bought copies of the Storymatic for every program in our Art & Humanities department (Performance Theater, Video Technology and Visual Communications). It is a ridiculously affordable price for such a valuable teaching (and creative thinking) tool.
Arts & Humanities Academy
Chair Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
The Storymatic is excellent. I think when I have to run a professional development meeting I'm just going to make everyone play with The Storymatic.
Nathaniel Totushek: Science Teacher,
Frederick Douglass High School, Brooklyn, NY
The Storymatic is awesome! I'm gonna tell all the writers and writing teachers I know! So often the only roadblock to unleashing creativity is the initial one of facing a "blank page." The Storymatic gets you over that hump, gets the creativity flowing, greases the wheels, and if only I could think of more metaphors! Seriously, once you're writing, it only gets better from there. What a terrific tool--now there's no excuse for writer's block... Hmm... on second thought, thanks a lot.
Emmy Award winner, 2007,
National Capital Chesapeake Bay
Chapter of National Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences
I introduced The Storymatic to my Friday writing practice group at the Carnegie Center here in Lexington and it was a hit! It gave all of us a much-needed boost of creative energy. For a few of us, The Storymatic has helped uncover some promising ideas that could be developed into more formal writing. . . I work at the University of Kentucky, and I plan on showing the Storymatic to the folks on faculty in the English Department. And I'd also like to show it to the faculty over at Transylvania University, the private liberal arts college here in Lexington. What a perfect tool for creative writing classes!
Bobbi Burns University of Kentucky
I'm so excited that this has finally come out! Just placed my order, and I know what all my friends are getting for Christmas!
Max Nussenbaum Student, Wesleyan College
YAY! I got my Storymatic Today! De powers, i haz dem!
Sophia Echavarria Student, Princeton University
Imagine a Friday night. Imagine me spending all day doing god-knows-what and Nat spending all day in exams. Imagine me making spaghetti and serving it up the minute Nat comes through the door. A bottle of wine. Some music in the background. Imagine me clearing the plates and coming back to the table, the Storymatic open before Nat, Nat reading the directions. "OK, OK," she says: "I get it..." She hands me two gold cards and two white cards. I laugh out loud. "You know what to do, right?" she asks me. I do. "Go!" she says, and flips over an egg timer. One and a half hours later... We only stopped because we had run out of wine.
I LOVE the Storymatic. It's on our table and we have been picking cards every evening, imagining new people.
Los Angeles Press Club
journalist of the year,
2006 and 2008.
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