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The StoryWorld Conference + Expo, scheduled for October 31st – November 2nd in San Francisco, has an amazing list of speakers. Anyone interested in storytelling or transmedia should consider going (note: early registration discount ends August 31st!).
But the following panels should be especially interesting for anyone working with shared story world models, fandom-based participatory properties, or copyright/rights management in collaborative experiences:
Towards the end of the interview, Dunbar asks Higson about participatory narrative worlds that allow fans and writers to collaborate in the creation of stories:
TD: Do you think it is possible for writers and the public to create stories together?
CH: In a word – no.
Now, I’m actually in agreement with Higson almost 100%, which may sound surprising to anyone who’s familiar with my stance about fandom and participatory entertainment properties. But I also think Higson is confusing collaborative storytelling with collaborative world building, and the difference is critical.