Shaping new forms of STORY
FORWARD/STORY (Forward Slash Story) is an invite-only residential lab taking place in Costa Rica, May 13, 14 & 15th, 2016. It is a special lab for writers and designers who work in uncharted territories to share their journey, techniques, socialize, collaborate, and solve problems. Five core challenges that storytellers face will be explored in a collaborative environment. On-site expenses are covered for those who attend.
We are now accepting applications for F/S 2016
The report shares insights, resources and outputs from the F/S 2014 event.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
FORWARD/STORY attempts to tackle some of the most difficult problems surrounding storytelling in the 21st Century. A gathering of thinkers & doers working across a diversity of creative fields come together for 3 days focused on sharing, experimentation and innovation.
Sparkly Fireflies, Cheeky Monkeys & Magic- by @antheafoyer https://t.co/EtSzKX81uT5 months ago
Thank you to all the amazing participants of F/S 16! F/S 15 & F/S 14 welcome you into the fold. Pic by @antheafoyer https://t.co/jd2nThBb005 months ago
Come recharge at a beautiful beach resort steps away from the ocean.
Amazing food from local farms prepared by an awesome chef.
A relaxed environment provides the foundation for candid conversations.
Have a question or interested in collaborating with FORWARD/STORY ?
Please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
hello [at] forwardslashstory [dot] com
“I recently had the honor and privilege of joining an awesomely impressive group of storytellers in Costa Rica for Forward/Story (“Forward Slash Story”), a residential lab for sharing our work and creative process with likeminded practitioners from across media and genre boundaries. We forged new friendships, built the foundation for future collaborations, and left inspired and transformed. […] Our cohosts Christy Dena and Lance Weiler, as well as producer Julia Pontecorvo and the local Costa Rican team, crafted an incredible experience for sharing and community building.”
—Lee Sean Huang, Foossa (USA) [LINK]
“You hear about narrative landscapes, story worlds, interactive design, production processes, empathy, impact, robots, anarchy, hero journeys, poetry, augmented reality, emotional beats, social innovation… There is a projector and there are powerpoint slides, but also howler monkeys in the background. Postit notes and flipchart paper, but also an infinity pool surrounded by palm trees. Everything makes sense. Nothing is trouble. You take a long walk on a beach that never ends, talk about what you are having to let go.”
— Fan Sissoko , Innovation Unit (UK) [LINK]
“I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of anything quite as meaningful to me in quite so particular a way as Forward Slash Story. It was an emotional theme park ride for me, like something you’d hear about on a movie poster’s pull quote reviews.”
Trevor Haldenby, The Mission Business (Canada) [LINK]
“I’ve found my crew. We are a crew of story pirates united under a banner of reimagining narrative, and we are out to disrupt, inspire and reinvent the world.”
Rosie Poebright, Splash & Ripple (UK) [LINK]
“One of the most powerful aspects of the event, were these magical moments designed to foster connectivity. Some of these were more structured than others, some more intimate than others. But overall, these moments provided conditions that encouraged a kind of intimate collaboration. Not in the whiteboard sense, but in the quiet, reflective conversationsense. In the busy piratelife of pitching and hustling and satisfying clients, it’s going to be important to our creativity to remember this. How can we create magical moments, not only for our clients and in our own projects, but also in the processes of creating these projects?”
Mark Harris, Campfire NYC (USA) [LINK]
“Lastly, Christy and Lance, designed an itinerary that included talks from all the participants spread over the two days. There were design challenges, idea workshops, and exercises that encouraged participants to find deep and profound links to their artistic or scholarly practice. We also explored the obstacles or discoveries we encountered.”
Hank Blumenthal,Georgia Institute of Technology [LINK]