Masterclass: ‘Making Interactive Narrative’ with Prof. Janet Murray (Georgia Tech)

Date: 29 September 2017
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (TBC)
Venue: Utrecht University, Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201, Utrecht
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMA students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool).
Credits: 1EC
Coordination: Michiel de Lange (UU), Nanna Verhoeff (UU)
Register before: 25 Sept 2017
Maximum participants in the event: 25 (on first-come basis)

This masterclass with renowned scholar and interaction designer Janet Murray will explore how interactive narratives can help to create engaging experiences, and support critical and problem-solving capacities.

Janet H. Murray’s seminal book Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (1997) has been an essential read for everyone interesting in the future of storytelling through digital media. Her work has been critical in establishing the foundational thinking about the potential of games as storytelling platforms within the then emerging field of game studies. Recently, an updated version of Hamlet on the Holodeck was released which renewed a long-lasting discussion on the relationship between games and narratives, showing that the book’s concepts are still seen as both relevant and controversial. As an internationally recognized interaction designer, Murray kept pushing boundaries of digital media’s potential resulting in the book Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice (2011), hailed by Henry Jenkins as “an epic accomplishment, one which we will all be mining for years to come”. Murray currently is Ivan Allen College Dean’s Professor at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Masterclass is hosted by Utrecht University’s expertise centre Co.Laborations; the Media, Arts, and Performance Studies RMA program, and kindly supported by RMeS.


14:00 Welcome

14:10 Short introduction Janet Murray about interactive narrative

14:30 Students will work in teams on a concept and/or rough prototype of an interactive narrative, under guidance of Janet Murray, Nanna Verhoeff, and Michiel de Lange.

16:00 Round of public presentations + short comments and reflections by Janet Murray.

17:00 Closing

Preparation and readings:


Credits & certificate:

Certificates of participation and credits are available after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.