In this seminar and workshop with award-winning author and narrative designer E. Lily Yu, you’ll discuss the intricacies, opportunities, complications, and markets for interactive fiction and other branching narratives. How do we bring playfulness to story? What are the types of nonlinear narrative, and how do we use them? During this class, you’ll outline, implement, and workshop your own Twine game (basic technical knowledge of how to edit a Wikipedia article required). Advanced students may use RenPy if preferred, if they can implement quickly enough.

Important: Before the workshop, play Lost Pig and The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo. Both are free online.


This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $105 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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