Hangin’ With Hans

The Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival is underway. Our weekly Around The World workshops are a place to learn more about a culture and to build your creative digital muscles.  Participate in a workshop anytime or dip your digital toes into all nine!

Week 4: Hans Christian Andersen & Writing Your Own Tales


This may be the only resource you’ll need.  Wow…. it is comprehensive yet quite accessible http://hca.gilead.org.il/

But if you’d like to save some time (so you can make more art) take a trip to this site: http://www.shmoop.com/hans-christian-andersen/

This week’s digital skills workshop: Writing – Digital Storytelling

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we offer “What Mean Ye Digital Storytelling?“.

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic, Writing – Digital Storytelling,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of writing based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your web related posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both WritingAssignments and WritingAssignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know when there’s something new with a tweet tagged #burgeron106 and posting a quick note to our DS106 Google+ Community.


What’s the difference between Hans & the Grimm Brothers? Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who were academics and lawyers and were initially collecting stories as a part of their linguistics research, Hans Christian Andersen was an entertainer and wrote his own original tales.

Read more…

1fairytalesstoriesofhanschristianandersen“His initial attempts at writing fairy tales were revisions of stories that he heard as a child. Andersen then brought this genre to a new level by writing a vast number of fairy tales that were both bold and original. Initially they were not met with recognition, due partly to the difficulty in translating them and capturing his genius for humor and dark pathos.”

Sound familiar? It’s not our writing, it’s the reader’s difficulty in capturing our genius for humor and dark pathos. 😉  Take a crack at it.  Write your own fairy tales this week.

We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.



2 thoughts on “Hangin’ With Hans

  1. Well, I was ahead of myself the other day when I wrote my first fairy tale! I need to revisit this week and improve after looking at these awesome resources you have created for us! Thanks, Nana.

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