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Instagrammers-in-Residence: StoryDrop

Instagrammers-in-Residence: StoryDrop

StoryDrop is a country-wide storytelling collaboration started in Atlanta by Sarah Friday and Natalia Castells-Esquivel. Here’s how it works: A StoryDrop book is released with only one written page. Then, a picture of the book is posted on social media (Instagram and Twitter) using #StoryDrop. In the vein of a scavenger hunt, someone tries to figure out where the book is. Once they find the book, they read the previous page(s) and continue the story on the next page. Lather, rinse, and repeat. Eventually, an entire story is created by one city.

The spirit of collaboration and fun at the very root of StoryDrop made it a perfect fit for schools. The program will be launched at six schools this semester using a similar process. Ultimately, StoryDrop’s goal is to publish collections of the stories in order to provide funding that will go back into supporting literature and the arts in schools and the community.

For more information and progress of StoryDrop to date, please visit our Instagram, Twitter, or email us at dontkillthestory@gmail.com.

This is where StoryDrop started, in Atlanta. Our favorite thing about this city is its collaborative spirit - which creates the perfect setting for a project like this. ? #weloveatl #weloverealpants

This is where StoryDrop started, in Atlanta. Our favorite thing about this city is its collaborative spirit – which creates the perfect setting for a project like this. ?
#weloveatl #weloverealpants

#StoryDrop started as a city project, but we are currently in the process of launching it as a school project. Which means we need a new logo stamp - and these are our go-to peeps. Anyone been here? Quality! ??

#StoryDrop started as a city project, but we are currently in the process of launching it as a school project. Which means we need a new logo stamp – and these are our go-to peeps. Anyone been here? Quality! ??

We've been trying to put together a website - coming soon! - so here is our amazing volunteer photographer getting some good skyline shots from the Bridge to Nowhere.

We’ve been trying to put together a website – coming soon! – so here is our amazing volunteer photographer getting some good skyline shots from the Bridge to Nowhere.

All the goodies needed to build a #StoryDrop book. ?? (Purty logo made by @kristenstraw)

All the goodies needed to build a #StoryDrop book. ?? (Purty logo made by @kristenstraw)

And our week is over! Here's one last pic, which was the veeeery first picture of a #StoryDropATL book, taken by @beijingemily. Follow @storydrop! Fun things happening soon. ? Thanks, Real Pants!

And our week is over! Here’s one last pic, which was the veeeery first picture of a #StoryDropATL book, taken by @beijingemily. Follow @storydrop! Fun things happening soon. ?
Thanks, Real Pants!

Natalia Castells-Esquivel

Natalia Castells-Esquivel is a writer from Mexico based in Atlanta. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in places like Santo y Seña, Loose Change, and Thought Catalog. She is currently a copywriter, Editor of Community Engagement for RealPants, and cofounder of StoryDrop, a city-wide literature collaboration. Also, she makes really good scrambled eggs. Really.
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Natalia Castells-Esquivel

Natalia Castells-Esquivel is a writer from Mexico based in Atlanta. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in places like Santo y Seña, Loose Change, and Thought Catalog. She is currently a copywriter, Editor of Community Engagement for RealPants, and cofounder of StoryDrop, a city-wide literature collaboration. Also, she makes really good scrambled eggs. Really.

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