Using narrative objects in storytelling


Description: Everyone has a story to tell. Using a narrative object helps you to project your feelings onto an external thing. Whenever we project our feelings onto an object or piece of art, we are allowing ourselves to tap into our subconscious. After all that’s where all the best stories come from!

Materials: Any 3-D object like these sculptures in the picture that make you think of an interesting question. You can use 2-D images as well, but I find a better response to the sculptures. Pen & paper.

Directive: Beforehand come up with a question for your narrative object. For example the questions I asked for the sculptures in the picture above:

 Monk: What advice or words of wisdom does this monk have for you today?

House in Disrepair: Who lives in this house, if anyone? And how did it get to be in such bad shape?

Mouse reaching for star: Will the mouse ever reach the star?

Unicorn with broken horn: How did this unicorn lose its horn?

Ask your client to write a short story, poem, letter, or dialogue answering the question. Save time at the end of the group for each client to share their story.

Things to Consider: When the narrative object does not have an obvious gender try to use gender neutral language and let the client decide what they want it to be.

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