The Digital Decameron

“In 1348 a party of wealthy young patricians take refuge from the plague that is raging in the city in a villa outside Florence. To pass the time, they tell each other stories…”
— The Decameron 
by Giovanni Boccaccio, Penguin Classics, 1972

As a creative response to the postponement of the DST2020 Conference, due to take place at Loughborough University in the UK from March 30 to April 1, the conference organizers initiated Digital Decameron. “In Boccaccio’s original, the characters told ten stories a day for ten days. In our version, we feature ten stories a week for ten weeks beginning on March 30, the original planned start of DST2020.”

Stories posted now at

Your submissions welcome!

We are inviting those who want to create new digital stories to do so, or find one that has inspired you, or look for one, as you might find on the StoryCenter youtube channel, that you find particularly powerful.

There are no particular rules; it could be a new story or a previously created one; it could be a direct response to the current situation, or simply a story that celebrates humanity in all its imperfection; it could be a personal story, or any story you would like to tell in the circumstances. A length of less that five minutes is suggested.

Upload your new story to, or find a digital story and copy the URL, and send the link to:  If you are uploading a new story, make sure you add your description as part of your upload process on

“The Digital Decameron” and the 9th International Digital Storytelling Conference (DST2020) are organized collaboratively by Loughborough University (UK)StoryCenter (US), UMBC (US), SCLDA – Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (US), Montgomery College (US), Patient Voices (UK)

Start Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
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End Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
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Department Represented: Spring 2020; 10 stories a week for 10 weeks

Venue Name: Online

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CTA Text: View Submissions
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