As I’ve run a few introduction to text-based interactive fiction workshops for the library service (both staff and the public), I thought it would be useful to share information about how I’ve organised them, if anyone was interested in running their own.
Each participant will need access to a computer with an internet connection to participate.
Each of the workshops were between 1.5 & 2 hours in length and followed this structure:
- Introduce the group to the concept of interactive fiction (IF) as a form of writing for creative writers. (5 mins)
- Introduce Inklewriter as a free online software tool that can enable them to produce IF quickly and easily, and show an example of IF created using Inklewriter. (5 mins)
- Run through step-by-step notes on creating an Inklewriter IF, showing basic techniques (branching, images, re-using text passages) and overview of more complex techniques. (30 mins)
- Give them time to create their own short piece of interactive fiction.
- Wrap up the workshop (5 mins)
Here are a few handouts I used for various workshops:
- Step-by-step notes for creating IF using Inklewriter.
- Cut-down notes based on the above step-by-step notes.
- Handout focused on general IF & useful resources including alternatives to Inklewriter.
It’s also useful to have some creative writing prompts just in case any participant is hit with a blank moment.
The majority of the workshops were aimed at adults, but I’ve also run one for teens, which used the cut-down notes instead of the full step-by-step information.
So, that’s how I’ve run sessions myself, but I’m also interested in hearing any suggestions from others about how I can improve these workshops.