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The Evolution of Story: Writers Workshop Programme

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University of Portsmouth

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THE EVOLUTION OF STORY

Storytelling for immersive transmedia experiences.

This series of active participatory workshops are intended to inspire, inform and galvanise your interest in new forms of writing. The workshops aim to provide an understanding of the concepts of transmedia storytelling, to provide you with skills for telling your own transmedia stories and to equip you with a different perspective on this new emerging form of storytelling. You don’t need any previous experience just an open mind and a willingness to learn something new.

Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.


Our workshop leaders are all experts in the field and have extensive experience of leading workshops for community projects. At the workshops you will activity engage with new ideas, new skills and new techniques. You will also produce something useful by the end of the workshop that you can take away with you.

Workshops run from 10am to 3.30pm with a 30 minute break for lunch (BYO is advised).

Tickets for workshops must be purchased in advance at £5 per person (free to staff and students at University of Portsmouth).

You should bring writing materials and if possible a laptop or tablet.


WORKSHOPS (you may book onto one, two or all three of the workshops)


Collaborative and Team Writing with Joe Reddington
SATURDAY 16th March 10-3.30pm, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth.

Ever wondered how professional writing teams collaborate on producing screenplays, novels, stories, features? Well this workshop aims to develop skills in collaborative writing through practical writing tasks that will enable you to take something you have developed, as part of a team, away with you at the end of the day for further work.

Joe Reddington is the designer of the White Water Writers process which enables groups of up to ten writers to write and publish their own novel within five days. Writers are given an idea for a story on a single side of A4. They take the idea, develop it, draft it, proof it, refine it and polish it. After four and a half days – they publish it.



Transmedia Storytelling with Alison Norrington
SATURDAY 30th March 10-3.30pm, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth.

This practical workshop will explore the possibilities for designing immersive story worlds that deliver engaging interactive experiences. We will look at strategies for audience engagement, investigate the use of touchpoints to shape your narrative and evaluate ways of delivering a story across multiple platforms and media channels. At the end of the day you will have a fundamental understanding of transmedia storytelling and will have sketched out some ideas for developing your own immersive experiences.

Alison Norrington has over 25 years experience in professional storytelling and entertainment working with working with such
companies as Walt Disney Imagineering, SundanceTV/AMC Networks, CBS Interactive, Coca Cola, XBox (Microsoft), Schleich GmbH, FOX International, Penguin, Harlequin Mills & Boon, F&W Media, Eurovision Broadcasting Union, Cedars Sinai Medical Centre and is a member of the International Academy for Arts & Sciences of TV, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film & TV, Romantic Novelists Association and a featured member of the BAFTA Guru Series.


Gamification and Story with Mark Eyles
SATURDAY 6th April 10-3.30pm, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth.

This workshop aims to provide you with a range of techniques and tools that will help you understand the ways in which games theory can be applied to 21st century storytelling. It will explore the links between story and game design, investigate the ways in which gamification psychology provides a basis for narrating compelling and immersive games experiences. At the end of the workshop you will have an outline of a gamified story to work on.

Mark Eyles was Head of Design at Rebellion with over 20 years working as a designer, producer and manager in the games industry, a lecturer University of Portsmouth in games design and recently winner of the TIGA Person of the Year Award for his contributions to the games industry, teaching of game development and his work. He also wrote scripts for 2000 AD and Sonic the Comic, made holograms and have worked on board game designs for Hasbro, held the first Women in Games Conference and founded the Advanced Games Research Group at University of Portsmouth..
http://www.eyles.co.uk/mark/2013-mark-homepage.html


How to find us: go to the Eldon Building on Churchill Avenue and there will be a sign in the foyer with the details of which room we are in [https://goo.gl/maps/dm4JZwWuNVq].

These workshops are part of a longer term transmedia storytelling project that will run in Portsmouth in October 2019. The story we will be telling is an adaptation of the novel by local writer Matt Wingett called The Snow Witch.

Supported by University of Portsmouth, Arts Council England and Big Adventures.

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