Below are resources that can be used to teach a workshop on interactive storytelling that targets older kids. The kids do not need to have experience with interactive media to follow the material. Although interactive games are an increasingly popular category of fiction, there are few teaching modules that focus on interactive storytelling and the aspects where it differs from traditional creative writing.
The module teaches how to build an interactive story using the program Twine, and it has a light discussion of some theoretical topics related to interactive narrative.
A 15 page booklet that walks through how to write a small scene in Twine, describes common patterns or structures in choice-based stories, provides a short reference to some common programming recipes in Twine, and provides some writing prompts for making a longer interactive story. This guide can be used for self-directed learning or as a handout accompanying the presentation below. It is also available in .odt format.
A presentation that covers some of the material from the above Interactive Storytelling Guide. The presentation is also available in .odp format.
A small Twine example of the gauntlet pattern using a scene where a bomb must be defused.
A small Twine example of the hub and spoke pattern using a scene of a crying baby.
The program used to make interactive stories. It can also be downloaded to your computer to be used offline.