She Writes Video Moment #1!
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Kathleen Sweeney
September 2011
Contributor
Written by
Kathleen Sweeney
September 2011

Over the summer, Kamy Wicoff and I chatted over iced coffee about the kinship between visual stories and stories of text, and the ways writers and creative storytellers are using video online. An idea emerged to curate a series of videos by, about and for women writers. So, tada--! Here is the first of many to arrive at SheWrites on Fridays.

Consider them inspirations. Consider them writing prompts. Consider them the beginning of a dialogue.

In this TedTalks, the radiant Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the notion of multiplicities of stories and why they are so necessary.

As a member of the Advisory Board of GirlsWriteNow, I had the opportunity to meet Chimamanda as part of their Chapters Reading Series. For the past two seasons, we have produced Flip video interviews as a way to help girl participants expand their multimedia skills. Though Chimamanda's responses emerged from questions posed by 18-year-old Tina Gao, herself a Chinese immigrant navigating writing in English, her musings on the writer’s life resonate beyond the screen. Take this for example: “Being a good writer also means being a good observer…you have to watch everything carefully, because you never know what will inspire you.”

 

Watch for the next SheWrites Video Moment on Friday, September 30th!

 

 

--Kathleen Sweeney is a web content producer (www.video-text.com), and author (Maiden USA) who teaches Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement. She is a Preferred Provider of video services for SheWriters, and recently produced the book trailer for SheWriter Catherine Greenman's debut novel, Hooked.

 

 

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  • Kathleen Sweeney

    Mary Lou, it's true what you've observed about viewpoints and facets of perspective...it ties in to what Chimamanda says about writers and listening! So glad it inspired you too...(and yes, her name is a challenge to spell...but challenging names make you pay attention! :)...thanks for viewing!

  • M. Tui

    oops her name is Chimamandangoziadichie and I thought mine was long...LOL

     

  • M. Tui

    This was soo inspiring. I <3 'd it. I really like how chimamanada could relate to both sides the 1 story being judged and the 1 story judger. We all fall on both sides of the coin, at one time or another but the point is she was able to look above it and open her viewpoint to more than one story and how it opens ours to hear hers. I am so glad you shared this with us, espeially me!

  • Kathleen Sweeney

    How perfect to share with your daughter...the ultimate dialogue! So glad!

  • suzi banks baum

    This is gorgeous. Sharing it with my 13 year old right now. Thank you for sharing this.Thank you, Kathleen, Tina and Chimananda- for all of it. xo S