In the ACE 2021 Digital Storytelling virtual program, you will
- Participate in 30 hours of live classes and activities
- Immerse yourself in the digital world of compelling storytelling
- Sharpen your English storytelling skills through instructor-led classes on power of language and effective script writing
- Interact with your peers from around the world and current UW-Madison students
- Enhance your video creation and editing skills through participating in workshops by media production experts at UW-Madison
- Gain skills essential to applying for colleges in the US, such as script writing skills for your personal statement
- Receive a certificate of completion
At the end of the 3 weeks, you will produce your personal portfolio of 5 videos to showcase your English storytelling skills. You may also use one of the videos as your college application video for colleges that accept video essays.
Program at a glance
Who: International students ages 14-18 with intermediate to advanced English skills
Stay tuned for future program dates!
Meet your instructors
A TESOL and Creative Writing certified instructor, Jing has a BA and an MA in Economics from Brandeis University, with a background in Business, Marketing, TV production and Public Speaking. Through interdisciplinary teaching, Jing will guide you through the process of becoming a confident storyteller and connecting with your audience.
Marina Cavichiolo Grochocki
Marina is a PhD candidate in Classics. She is an international student with experience in teaching Portuguese and Latin at high school level in Brazil. She is now a Teaching Assistant in UW-Madison and works with undergraduate students. Marina is interested in language and literature teaching to students of all ages. She can read in different languages, such as Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, and Ancient Greek.
Marina will be the program and teaching assistant for ACE Digital Storytelling classes.
Cuixia (Trisha) was a PhD candidate in Communication Arts. She studied rhetoric and taught public speaking courses. Trisha loves to work with diverse student populations and learn from them the different cultural perspectives they bring to the table. In her spare time, she likes bird watching, cooking, decluttering and learning all kinds of new things.
Cuixia will be teaching “Informational Storytelling” and “The Power of Language”.
Faculty Guest Speakers
ALPs challenges people through adventure-based team building workshops using group games, initiatives, high and low ropes courses, and other challenges to learn more about themselves and one another.
ALPs will be providing newly developed virtual workshops for ACE Digital Storytelling students.
An admissions and international student support partner, UW Admissions provides resources for students interested in applying to UW-Madison.
UW Admissions will be presenting to ACE Digital Storytelling students.
The Software Training for Students (STS) in the Academic Technology department of UW-Madison will be providing technology and digital media/multimedia training for ACE Digital Storytelling students during the program to help them become better at video and audio editing.
UW Writing Center helps writers at any stage of the writing process—from choosing a topic to drafting and revising—for any writing project.
UW Writing Center will provide a workshop for ACE Digital Storytelling students on college essay writing and admissions do's and don'ts.
Past Precollege Participants
“The ACE Digital Storytelling Summer Program 2021 was a life-changing experience for me. It gave me a unique opportunity to connect with awesome and talented teenagers from all over the world. The faculty of UW-Madison is so engaging and passionate about teaching that we were truly inspired. What this program means to me cannot be transmitted by words, but I hope you get this experience for yourself, for I am sure you won’t regret [it]!”
2021 ACE Participant