Being a writer in a multiplatform age is both exciting and daunting. Characters, plot, suspense & intrigue are still the heart and soul of storytelling, but to embrace the possibilities of a multiplatform world, writers have to take a broad perspective — one that sees the StoryWorld as the centre of the creative process.
This is the launch point for the Narrative Storyworlds seminar workshop Im presenting at the 2014 Sydney Writers Festival.
The central principle is that great writing comes from a great writing-process and this session will build on the processes and working frameworks I’ve been using in the development of cross-platform narratives over the past decade. It’s a workshop that has good miles under its wheels having been delivered in Australia and overseas in various forms including the Immersive Writing Lab UK, the South Australian Film Corporation’s Digital360 Lab, the Doha Film Institute Transmedia project, the Metroscreen Storyworld Studio and the Australian Writer’s Guild Platform-X program.
In the 3-hour session we’ll focus on Storyworld design for narratives that can span across platforms and be an engine for ongoing story engagement. I’ll be looking at a range of examples in the form of book, TV, film and interactive mediums and talk about how the Storyworld process informed recent work with novelist Alan Gold.
And in the glorious art of self-promotion here’s what some writers who come along for the ride before have had to say:
“Mike turned a daunting mass of possibilities into viable products and gave clear ways and tools for organising writing for a multi platform world”
“gave us tools that we can use to develop our own projects, a specific framework for developing multi-platform ideas.”
“Mike Jones was a privilege to engage with and learn from. His expertise in the area of cross platform story telling is remarkable and his generosity in communicating this knowledge very much appreciated.”
“his sharp insight, market knowledge, creative tool kit and unrestrained zeal is thus far unequalled”
In an interview artivle I did with ScreenHub entitled “Pressurising the storyworld beyond the gatekeeper” I expalained the impetus of storyworld writing:
“…storyworld is by definition more than the plot and characters. It “shifts the onus of the writing, and changes the appreciation of what writers can do,” Mike happily explained. “It is a huge creative opportunity to author a space and environment – it can change your creative process to embrace a world first, then the dramatic space, time, community, sets of processes and rules of operation, all before an individual plotline.”
“From an audience point of view, they sign up when they enter the storyworld to spend time in that space, to hang out… Plotting is not secondary or diminished, but it becomes a broader way of thinking… it can reveal the dramatic potential to exist across media, on a huge list of possibilities.”