Game Design Through Twine: Interactive Storytelling



Program Overview

Game Design Through Twine: Interactive Storytelling is a summer program that gives students the opportunity to design and create a game through the Twine coding platform. Students will examine “Choose Your Own Adventure” games and games with themes in social justice, as well as the methods and forms of interactive storytelling. Students will refine their writing skills by crafting characters, worlds, and the game hero's journey. This course was built using backward design from the Common Core Writing Standards as well as the International Society for Technology and Education standards. This course will be taught by our Esports Coordinator Isaiah Perez. The course was created by Ph.D. candidate and current Illinois State Board Educator Rachel Hirsh.

Example activities include: 

  • Narrative design pitches
  • Twine coding workshop
  • “One liner” workshop
  • Illinois Tech virtual visit and presentation
  • Introduction to storyboarding
  • Discovering the game hero’s journey

Eligibility and Program Requirements

  • Rising 10th–12th graders (ages 14-17); students must be at least 14 years old to participate 
  • A reliable internet connection is required
  • Students must have a personal computing device that is capable of downloading and running Twine; please email instructor Isaiah Perez at for system requirements
  • Students must be willing to learn simple coding skills in order to complete this course


Isaiah Perez, Illinois Tech Esports Coordinator


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