We’re celebrating Book Week Scotland with a Twine Jam in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November.
It’s free to attend thanks to support from Book Week Scotland – places are limited so you need to book on Eventbrite – where you’ll find all the details.
If you are interested in creative writing, creative challenges or getting into making games, this is a good place to start or to stretch your grey matter.
Here are the FAQs for anyone who wonders if this might be for them:
What is Twine?
Twine is a fantastic creative tool for making simple games or interactive narratives. You can give your player/reader a choice of options that lead down different paths – like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You can set up winning and losing scenarios if you choose, go on a journey or have a conversation, you can create a loop that never ends, or a quest that leads to victory or defeat. You can write a story with lay-bys, meanders and sub-plots. There are endless possibilities. Here are a few games that participants made at our last Twine Jam in May.
Do I need to know how to code?
You don’t need technical knowledge or coding skills to use it and it’s quick and easy to learn. Once you have the basics you can quickly create an interactive story or game. And then, if you want, you can try out some of the more advanced functions such as adding pictures, changing page designs or even audio and video content to your game.
What kind of technology do I need?
You need to bring a laptop with you, but Twine is available to download for free and otherwise, that’s it. A notepad and pen are also handy for sketching out ideas.
What happens at a Twine Jam?
We’ll start with a quick intro to Twine for those who have never used it before – then you can decide whether you want to work solo or in a pair or group, and whether you’d like to work on an idea you’ve had in mind, or to take on one of our challenges (see below). We’ll have some time to plot and plan ideas out on paper, and then it’s time to get writing! The rest of the day is spent writing and creating Twine games with Twine-related help on hand if you get stuck. We’ll stop at around 3.30pm to give everyone the chance to play each other’s games, which is a great way to round off the day. There will be food and coffee to fuel us through the day and we’ll be based in the lovely Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for the day.
What will I get out of it?
- You’ll have created a game in a day! You can go on to expand it or improve it later if you want to, and share it online.
- You will meet others with an interest in games and writing interactive narratives – it’s good to share and discuss ideas. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone who will be interested in teaming up for a future project?
- You will challenge your creative writing muscles with a time limit – and explored new structures of writing and ways of thinking about stories.
- You will have joined the worldwide community of Twine creators who are writing awesome games and stories.
- Free food and coffee!
*Challenges- if you don’t have an idea for a story or game, we’ll be bringing some optional challenges for you to take on, just in case.