Narrative Analysis of Interactive Digital Storytelling

Organizer: Colette Daiute, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

When and where: 9am to 12:30pm, Seminar Room 3

Intended audience: The intended participants for this workshop are beginning or advanced researchers, instructors, and designers seeking methods for analyzing interactive digital stories and storytelling processes. Attendees should be interested in a brief foundation of narrative theory to guide strategies for analysis of digital storytelling and look forward to applying several narrative analysis tools to interactive digital storytelling examples. Workshop attendees are also welcomed to apply activities to their own projects and to discuss future directions of this approach. No prior experience with narrative inquiry is required.

Details: If you would like to learn and apply a set of tools to guide analysis of interactive digital storytelling for research, practice, or design, please join this workshop. I have been doing narrative analysis as an interactive process in many practical research projects in digital environments and in digitally supported environments and look forward to sharing and discussing my approach with participants in this half-day workshop. The goals of the workshop are 1) to consider a narrative theory of interactive digital storytelling, 2) to apply this theory with narrative analysis of examples from prior and ongoing IDS research and practice, 3) to extend analytic strategies to your IDS projects, and 4) to discuss continuations of the workshop. After a brief review of purposes of narrative analysis, such as to learn about meaning making in different IDS environments, intra-personal and inter-group differences in IDS participation, and the effectiveness of various IDS systems for achieving designers’ goals, the major focus of the workshop will be to apply narrative analysis strategies. The workshop format is a sequence of presentations and hands-on activities with interactive digital storytelling analyses, such as hyper-plot analysis, multi-dimensional character mapping, and poly-cultural values analysis.

Please contact Colette at the address below to indicate your interest.

Contact information: Colette Daiute,


Important Dates

  • November 2-5, 2014: ICIDS Art Exhibition.
  • November 3-6, 2014: ICIDS Conference.