Posted: April 15, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in FdA 12_14, Media Production

sto·ry 1  (stôr, str)

n. pl. sto·ries

1. An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:

a. An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events: The witness changed her story under questioning.
b. An anecdote: came back from the trip with some good stories.
c. A lie: told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.

a. A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.
b. A short story.
3. The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
4. A news article or broadcast.
5. Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment: “He was colorful, he was charismatic, he was controversial, he was a good story” (Terry Ann Knopf).
6. The background information regarding something: What’s the story on these unpaid bills?
7. Romantic legend or tradition: a hero known to us in story.

Definition of narrative


  • a spoken or written account of connected events; a story:a gripping narrative
  • [mass noun] the narrated part of a literary work, as distinct from dialogue: the dialogue and the narrative suffer from awkward syntax
  • [mass noun] the practice or art of telling stories:traditions of oral narrative
  • a representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values:the coalition’s carefully constructed narrative about its sensitivity to recession victims

Definition of Narrative Structure

Narrative structure consists of the traditional parts of a story and the order in which the reader encounters them; these provide a framework for the unfolding of the story. Often represented visually as a triangle, these parts consist of exposition or beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution or denouement. Narrative structure can take a variety of forms, often depending on the genre of the story. For example, a writer who wishes to build tension may begin with a dramatic flashback before visiting the initial events of a story. Further, with the development of digital narrative, a writer may provide links to other parts of a story so that the reader determines the order of events and the revelation of details.

Narrative, Plot and Story

Narrative is the structure of events — the architecture of the story, comparable to the design of a building. Story is the sequence of events, the order in which the narrative occurs — the tour through the building. Plot is the sum of the events, told not necessarily in sequential order, but generally consistent with the story and often considered synonymous with the narrative — the building itself.


You are creating a Documentary. You need to identify the story you are telling, the narrative you are using, summarise it as plot points about the theme you have chosen.

Then, just to make sure we know you can do it, you can turn this into a proposal by adding what access you have to the subject / interviewees, plus the style you are using. Simple.

So – Make me a proposal…!



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