"Mapping Your Story: A Hands-On Exploration of Cartographic Storytelling"
Maps recreate an area in miniature, allowing us to picture, navigate, and control the geography of our world. The paradox of mapmaking, however, is similar to that of storytelling—-as soon as you decide what to leave in and leave out, you necessarily change the story you have to tell. Using examples from A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, we'll examine how maps help elucidate and complicate our understanding of the books they accompany. Then, after learning the essential elements of mapmaking, participants will try their hand at drawing their own maps to enhance a story of their own choosing.
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