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Week 9: Interactive Fiction

Digital Writing pioneer Professor Kate Pullinger will be with us for the first part of the class to talk about how the field has developed over the last ten years by focusing on one of her earliest digital works, Inanimate Alice, and one of her most recent, Jellybone for Oolipo.

In the second half of the class, we will look at Interactive Fiction, discuss the form and work through a Twine 2 tutorial together, learning some of the design basics of the medium.

Twine Tutorial: 2 Doors Kayt will lead the class through a twine tutorial that will cover links, media, and some variables.
Shared World Exercise #4 Create a Twine set in our Shared World in which the player encounters at least one existing character and/or supernatural entity.
Reading/ Viewing

Inanimate Alice
Flight Paths

Twine Games

The Domovoi
My father’s long long legs
Depression Quest (cw: mental illness)
Queers in Love at the End of the World (cw: language, sexuality)
With Those we Love Alive (cw: violence, mature themes)
You Will Select a Decision
Creatures Such as We

Interactive Fiction Reading

Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine by Melissa Ford
A Game Design Vocabulary by Anna Anthropy and Naomi Clark
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form by Anna Anthropy



Twine 2 Guide

Twine Hosting Sites
Interactive Fiction Database
Adventure Cow

For larger projects, consider a web host service.

Other Interactive Fiction Engines

Inform 7
TextAdventures (Quest)
Cloudnovel (Visual Novel browser-based creator)
Ren’py (Visual Novel engine)

Creative Commons and Royalty Free Media Sites (continued)

Sound Bible
Vimeo (CC)

New Media Prize Information

Bartle Type Quiz (Includes group code)

Week 8: Scripted! Webseries (continued), Web Comics and Podcasts

For the first part of the class, we will continue working on the web tv series we began last week. Note that we will premiere these episodes at the beginning of the final class.

The second half of the class will focus on writing for sequential art: comics, graphic novels and web comics. We will discuss the characteristics and qualities of graphic storytelling, the genres, and the scriptwriting approaches. Additionally, we will look at how web comics may differ from analogue comics. If we have time, we will also discuss podcasts and audiodramas.

B.O.R.S. Web Series Continued: We will be creating a web series as a class, with small groups writing and filming the episodes.
Comic Exercise 1 Reverse engineer a comic script from an existing page.
Comic Exercise 2 Write a short comic script and use free comic-making software online to develop the script as a comic.

Work Discussed: Web Comics – Some People, Hyperbole and a Half, Dinosaur Comics, Romantically Apocalyptic, Spera, xkcd, Hark! A Vagrant, Hobo Lobo of Hamelin.

Online Comic-creation Software: ,

Required Reading: Some People Link:

Additional Reading: Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics, Scott McCloud series (Making, Understanding and Reinventing Comics), Comics and Sequential Art & Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner).

Note: I will include a link to the full Prezi in Minerva, as well as some examples of comic book scripts/blue prints in Minerva “resources”.

Links from Lucy English’s presentation on Video Poetry:

The Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov
An article about the above in The Guardian

The Night Mail by W.H. Auden and John Greirson
More about The Night Mail

The Book of Hours by Lucy English
More on The Book of Hours on

Week 7: Video Poetry and Web Series

Poet Lucy English will be joining us for the first part of the class, discussing her work in video poetry. After this, we will have our reverse classroom in Web television series, with each student sharing the research they conducted into their chosen series. For the remainder of the class, we will work on our class-wide B.O.R.S. web series.

Note: For those looking for more information, I will send out a Web Series Prezi via Minerva.

Reading / Viewing

See Web Series list on Gdocs
Byte-Sized Television by Ross Brown
Web Series: How to Make and Market Them by Dan Williams

B.O.R.S. Web Series We will create a web series as a class, with small groups writing and filming the episodes. First, we will conduct a preliminary writers’ room en masse and then break off into smaller groups to write individual episodes. The content will be based on the B.O.R.S. organisation introduced last week.


Week 6: Participatory Culture and Derivative Works

This week we’ll expand our exploration of Storyworlds and Transmediality into Participatory Culture and Derivative Works. How do fans contribute to storyworlds? What are the different kinds of derived works and who defines them? How does the law treat transformative and derivative works? We look at the relationship between creators and those who participate in their worlds.

Fanfiction Exercise With a partner, choose a fandom. Each of you write a fanfiction drabble based on that work. Afterwards, discuss the pieces – how the source material is used, variations in interpretation, etc…
Collaborative Novella Exercise Using the elements given, the class will collaborate on a novella set in the Shared World.
Shared World Exercise 4: Create a place in our Alt version of Victorian Bath, write it up for the wiki, and plot it on the shared map.
Webseries Assignment Sign up for a webseries. Further instructions to be given in class.
Selected Works

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Storyworld
L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton
Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series and E.L James 50 Shades

Readings / Viewings

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture (Jenkins free pdf)
Hamilton is Fanfic, and its Critics are Totally Missing the Point
Jill Bearup – Virgil was a Homer Fanboy: History of Fanfiction Part 1 (YouTube)
Jill Bearup – Feel the Berne (Convention): History of Fanfiction Part 2 (YouTube)
Clay Shirky: Cognitive Surplus (Ted Talk)

Week 5: Mediated Reality

This week we take on mediated realities: virtual reality, augmented reality and alternate reality gaming. We’ll expand our study of storyworlds by looking at virtual worlds. And we’ll consider how we might superimpose media on reality, or infuse and support mundane reality with inspiring narrative.

Reading/Experiencing List

Pokemon Go!
Karen (Blast Theory)
Zombies, Run!
World of Warcraft
Second Life
Perplex City
I Love Bees

Augmented Reality: Extraordinary Things: Use objects to convey a story in pieces.
Alternate Reality Exercise: Expand on AR and develop a simple Alternate Reality game.
Shared World Exercise 3: Create a precious/magic item and write a story for it in the wiki.
Shared World Exercise 4: Create a place in our Alt version of Victorian Bath, write it up for the wiki, and plot it on the shared map.