Tag: religion

  • A Glossary of Genie and Djinn Words

    Abu Al-Jann — Father of the Jann. Aforetime — God said he created the djinn ‘aforetime’. Stories of the djinn predate the Quran. The concept of the djinn is ancient. Aladdin — Disney’s Aladdin is a presentation of a stereotypical genie as we view them in the West. Aladd in is only loosely based on […]

  • The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg Picturebook Analysis

    The Widow's Broom Chris Van Allsburg cover

    “The Widow’s Broom” is a 1992 picture book by American author illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Like many of Van Allsburg’s books, this one remains popular with teachers, partly because this is a storyteller who requires the reader to do a little work. Students can practise their inference skills in class. Like all good stories which…

  • Narrative Structure of a Miracle Story

    DEFINITION OF A MIRACLE Miracle: Divine communication with humans via extraordinary actions. Gods can interact with the human world whenever they wish, but miracles generally need to be asked for by humans. A miracle story may be considered a subgenre of the disaster story. Miracles happen only to the fortunate few. Suspense: No one knows…

  • A Glossary of The Underworld

    Since we’re all going to hell (by someone’s rules), here is a glossary of terms you may need before you get there. I’d provide a map, but that is coming. ACHERON One of the Five Rivers of the Realm of Hades, according to Ancient Greeks. This is an actual river located in northwest Greece. The…

  • Writing Activity: Describe A Church

    Elisabeth Sonrel (1874 - 1953)

    A collection of churches for inspiration

  • Symbolism of The Child

    David Delivered out of Many Waters c.1805 William Blake 1757-1827

    Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of merely a descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these are the marks of childhood and adolescence […] The modern…

  • Deals With The Devil In Storytelling

    young man standing at crossroads in the woods

    Humans have been making transactions with money for about 5000 years. Before that, our ancestors traded goods; before that, favours. We are a species highly attuned to swapping, making deals, owing favours and keeping stock. So it’s not surprising that we personify ‘fate’ or ‘life itself’ or God or whatever, and feel, deep down, that…

  • Story Structure: Anagnorisis

    Anagnorisis is a moment in a work of fiction when a character makes a critical discovery. Even for plotters rather than pantsers, this is the part of writing that often emerges in the process of storycrafting.

  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

    To a modern audience, The Little Match Girl is unbearably tragic. Perhaps, like me, you vividly recall reading your version of this story as a young kid and being profoundly affected. For me, it was probably the first time I considered the possibility of childhood death. Hans Christian Andersen was commissioned to write a story…

  • Storytelling Tips from Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

    Northern Lights is a young adult story with broad appeal for adults. The plot follows mythic structure. Northern Lights has been adapted into a film (2007) and also into an action/adventure puzzle game (by Sega). While in some cases films can be just as enjoyable — or even more enjoyable — than the books upon which they…

  • Religion In Children’s Literature

    Norman Rockwell (American painter) 1894 - 1978 Walking to Church, 1953

    Religion is still everywhere. So, reflecting and influencing the culture in which we find them, children’s books are not secular either. It’s interesting to interrogate the role of religion in children’s literature because children’s literature is an acculturating medium: It will introduce children to social life and history so is both educational and enjoyable. Many…