Structural Writing, a Design Principle for Interactive Drama

  • Nicolas Szilas
  • Urs Richle
  • Jean E. Dumas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7648)


Computer-based highly interactive drama involves different authoring approaches, compared to linear media. Underlying design principles needs to be understood in order to guide the authoring process, to teach authors and to design better systems. This paper identifies a fundamental design principle termed Structural Writing that underlies some of the most generative approaches in interactive drama. A theoretical description of this principle is proposed, which leads to a general architecture for interactive drama that may help authors and researchers to design systems that better exploit the principle of structural writing.


interactive storytelling interactive drama authoring creation process design principle structural writing structuralism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Szilas
    • 1
  • Urs Richle
    • 1
  • Jean E. Dumas
    • 2
  1. 1.TECFAFPSE, University of GenevaGenève 4Switzerland
  2. 2.FPSE, University of GenevaGenève 4Switzerland

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