The art of story telling and story writing and games.

Tuesday and Wednesday the students of the EduMais Summer Camp Educational Game Design Course started with the Story writing and story telling workshop. Every day the teachers prepare the groups and the course of the days to come. Most of the teachers are former students of EduMais themselves. Some of them are even ‘born’ at the school as they call it. They start at day-care through the entire school career until they reach 18 years. We also welcomed Menno and Jeroen van Pelt – Deen. Who arrived on Monday.

Marcelo Vasconcellos started with a lecture on story telling and games. The game industry has two camps: the one that love and the ones that hate stories in and games. To be honest stories it’s not my cup of thee, but I know for many many people it is a big deal. I comfort myself with the knowledge that even Angry Birds originates from a Finish saga – that it has a story – and that hundreds of million people love to play it!

After Marcelo’s workshop we split the groups into a story writing class and a story telling class. A good narrative comes of course with a perfect fitted design. Ying and Yang. This also counts for the teachers. Marcelo and Flavia motored these two days as a couple in perfect harmony with the other teachers and students. Incredible to discover the silence as the classes moved along and the students fully concentrated on writing and art.

Don’t forget to play! With playful power breaks that we have introduced in between the classes the kids could physically drain the energy and focus on something totally different. And of course we changed the rules of the game: in this case: Dodge ball. Two camps fighting each other with a ball. What you will end up with is a complete nuthouse.

Dudge ball at EduMais

Students are awesome. So nice to discover that students who think that could not create art in writing and drawing actually do. Not if they are taught right but if they are coached right. Menno Deen, Flavia Carcia de Carvalho and Marcelo Vasconcellos are wizards in unlocking students views and talents.

The EduMais Summer Camps are all inclusive. Literally and figuratively. No one is excluded and the food, beverages and entertainment is all in. Good for the students, good for the teachers and good for the parents. Parents trust the fact that their loved ones are being taking care of well.

Today we welcomed again an international expert to the Summer Camp: Roy van der Schilden. An experienced game designer, Narrative Designer & Business Director at Wispfire. He perfectly explained the structure of narratives and decision pathways. And emphasized that when you start making narrative games that the students should keep things super simple. A story has a start, middle and end. And a narrative has a situation, a problem and two ore more solutions. Thanks Roy for your contribution.

Roy van der Schilden

The story writing and story telling workshops where a blast. The story writing class already started to produce some stories in Twine. Next week the students will put them into practice with actually real game design and playable prototypes. I am so much looking forward to that.

Creating this program requires flexibility and adaptability. The group of teachers and volunteers evaluate every day the tops and tips.

Daily debrief with tips and tops.

Lets finish the weak with a yell.

Art class at EduMais Summer Camp

Although Covid has influenced the last day and a half of the week. One of the students got tested positively and that forced the organization to decide that we had to postpone the Summer Camp until next week Tuesday. But flexible as we are Menno and Rob already adapted the course to a program where we still are able to develop playful educational games with students and teachers at PPG – Rio de Janeiro. Also to all students: stay save and please return. And for Diana: boa sorte!

Author: Jurriaan van Rijswijk

Jurriaan van Rijswijk is Applied Game Architect for 25 years. He develops game strategies and designs behavior change with games for among others healthcare professionals, therapies for patients with chronic illnesses, mental and emotional health therapies, lifestyle interventions and rehabilitation. He developed and produced hundreds of applied games and game concepts. Many of his games won various awards and/or are clinically and/or scientifically validated. Furthermore, Jurriaan is founder and chairman of the Games for Health Europe Foundation. The Games for Health Europe Foundation is the largest worldwide networking ecosystem of people, companies and institutes for research, development and implementation of games within the health ecosystem. In 2014 Jurriaan won the ICT Personality of the Year Award. This award is an acknowledgement for a person who stimulate and impactful applies and implements the use of ICT for the benefit of profit and non-profit organizations as well as governmental organisations.

1 thought on “The art of story telling and story writing and games.

  1. Umberto França says:

    Que maravilha! Excelentes os exercícios de concentração para a turma! Parabéns aos voluntários e às crianças!


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