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Course module: 822034-M-6
Interactive Storytelling
Course info
Course module822034-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Commun. and Inform. Sciences; TSH: Department Communication and Cognition;
Is part of
M Communication and Information Sciences
M Language and Culture Education
dr. R. van Enschot
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 20/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
After this course, you:
  • Have gained an understanding of the key features of narratives and storytelling;
  • Have gained an understanding of the narrative experience (e.g., identification, transportation) and related behavioral effects (e.g., narrative persuasion, learning);
  • Have gained an understanding of the interactive possibilities of narratives;
  • Are able to synthesize scientific literature to formulate criteria for analyzing and evaluating professional nonfiction interactive narratives;
  • Are able to analyze and evaluate professional nonfiction interactive narratives based on these criteria;
  • Are able to design and create a professional online interactive narrative based on scientific literature.
Narratives and storytelling are engrained in our daily lives. Recurring elements of narratives are a main character that drives the narrative forward, a plot with one or more dramatic turns and a thought-provoking resolution. Narratives are increasingly used for serious purposes, such as triggering people to live a more healthy life or to make people aware of complex issues such as climate change, privacy, etc. Compelling narratives transport us to a story world leaving our own reality behind. The potential of narratives is highly increased by interactive digital media (e.g., games, websites). Interactive media have transformed readers into interactors whose input affects the narrative. Readers/users of interactive narratives can for example experience a narrative from different perspectives, determine the direction of the plot and even the outcome of the narrative.

In this course, you become acquainted with (interactive) narratives, stories and storytelling and with the experience and effects of (interactive) narratives. You explore interactive storytelling in, for example, journalism, health communication and serious games and discuss how interactivity can be used in storytelling in a meaningful, sincere way. You do so through exploring scientific literature but also through analyzing professional interactive narratives and creating and publishing your own interactive narrative.

An active and accurate working attitude is required. Reading the literature is for a larger part done as self-tuition.

Please note that the university regulations in response to the Corona crisis may lead to changes in the course organization

Recommended Prerequisites
Affinity with storytelling, interactive media, journalism and creative writing.

Required prerequisites

Pre-master students must have completed the following courses before they can participate in this course.


Course code Fall

Course code Spring

Statistics for Premasters



Methodology for Premasters



Academic English for PM CIS  



Examination takes place based on two assignments and a written exam:

• Assignment 1 (individual: 15% of course grade): Analyze and evaluate a professional nonfiction interactive narrative using criteria you have formulated yourself based on the course literature. Report on your analysis and evaluation. 
• Assignment 2 (group: 35% of course grade): Create your nonfiction interactive narrative using the course literature and publish it on the course’s website. Also include a theoretical justification of your narrative design.
• Written exam (individual: 50% of course grade).

All tests should receive a sufficient grade (6 or higher) to pass the course.

Preparation for the labor market

The students’ end product is a professional interactive narrative aimed at a target group outside academia. This narrative – if of sufficiently high quality - may well be published professionally, for example in a digital newspaper or on a professional blog. In general, interactive narratives like the one that students are creating in this course are narratives abundantly created by professionals in various domains (journalism, health communication, marketing, et cetera). Students of this course are well equipped to create and evaluate such narratives as well.
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. R. van Enschot
Timetable information
Interactive Storytelling
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk tentamen / Written examEXAM_01BLOK 1124-10-2020
Schriftelijk tentamen / Written examEXAM_01BLOK 1208-01-2021
Required materials
List of literature
Handbook: Smed, J., Suovuo, T., Trygg, N., & Skult, P. (2019). Lecture Notes on Interactive Storytelling. Turku Centre for Computer Science. Scientific articles, e.g.: Bilandzic, H., & Busselle, R. (2017). Beyond metaphors and traditions. Exploring the conceptual boundaries of narrative engagement. In F. Hakemulder et al. (Eds.), Narrative absorption (pp.11-27). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: Benjamins. Busselle, R., & Bilandzic, H. (2008). Fictionality and perceived realism in experiencing stories: A model of narrative comprehension and engagement. Communication Theory, 18 (2), 255-280. Dal Cin,S., Zanna, M., & Fong, G.(2004). Narrative persuasion and overcoming resistance. In Eric Knowles & Jay Linn (Eds.), Resistance and Persuasion (pp. 175-191). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum. Green, M., & Jenkins, K. (2014). Interactive narratives: Processes and outcomes in user-directed stories. Journal of Communication, 64, 479-500.
To be announced
The complete literature list will be announced through Canvas.
Recommended materials
Individual assignment: story analysis

Group assignment: story design

Written exam

Final Result

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