Create interactive stories for children using Twine

Two Tale Tellers, Using words and images to tell stories

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10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:21
    • 2. Thinking about the story

      4:45
    • 3. Brief introduction to Twine

      7:22
    • 4. Structuring the story — Act 1: Setup

      4:20
    • 5. Structuring the story — Act 2: Confrontation

      2:46
    • 6. Structuring the story — Act 3: Resolution

      3:00
    • 7. Adding basic content — Images, videos and music

      6:20
    • 8. Export and test the story

      2:02
    • 9. Some extra tricks to format your story

      6:34
    • 10. Farewell

      0:43

About This Class

Learn how to create interactive stories using Twine, to transmit messages or ideas through playful narrative experiences.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Write stories using the three-acts method.
  • Use the essential options of Twine, a free tool designed to create written interactive stories (game books).
  • Export your stories so that any reader can enjoy them in a browser.
  • Blend your narrative skills and technology to provide stories that transmit ideas and teach important concepts.

And it will be especially interesting for:

  • Writers who wish to deepen another way of telling stories.
  • People in charge of children —parents, grandparents, teachers, etc— who want to explore a different way of telling stories and transmitting knowledge.
  • Illustrators or artists who want to build interactive stories around their own work.
  • And, of course, any creative person wanting to learn new things.

It's proven that learning is better acquired by doing than by listening, by questioning more than accepting, by having fun instead of being bored. In short: by getting involved in it. This is why interactive tools are so good for transmitting messages and favoring learning, because they grant the student the possibility to participate, decide and analyze instead of simply accept and listen.

Twine is one of these tools. Multi-purpose and easy to learn and use. It can serve several purposes but for us, the most relevant one is to make it possible for children and adults to learn by playing.

So what we propose in this class is to try this way of communication if you haven't done it before. You will mix literary creation, images, music and technology so that your listeners can, not only hear the message you want to convey, but they can live it.

At the end of the class you will have created an interactive text-based story for children that you can read and play with them in any browser.

 

My name is María Carmen Latorre and I’m the 50% of Two Tale Tellers. My passion has always been to tell stories, so I’ve spent my whole life doing it in different areas and formats. From literary fiction writing stories, novels or game books, to storytelling and copywriting for advertising. I’ve also been the instructor of workshops focused on the therapeutic power of literary creation.

You can also find me on Instagram as @twotaletellers. Let's be connected there!

Music used in this class:

'Midnight Tale' by Kevin MacLeod (License CC BY) / via Filmmusic.io