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Wednesday, August 21 • 12:00 - 13:00
Transmedia and interactive storytelling between young adult books and role-playing games

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It is a fallacy to believe that books will disappear with the increasing success of the video game. There are elements of action that are not really suited to a digital narrative medium. Then again, digital games give you completely new possibilities for determining the fate of characters, experiencing places in a new way and discovering content for yourself. Ideally, both digital and non-digital mediums complement each other anyway – in other words, “transmedia storytelling”. We ask how stories are told in young adult literature and digital games and what hybrid forms are possible. What challenges and opportunities are offered for authors who want to work in transmedia?  How can young readers be reached with “gamified” media usage habits?

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Wolfgang Hohlbein

Wolfgang Hohlbein, born in 1953 in Weimar, with total sales of 44 million books, is Germany's most successful fantasy author. He experienced his breakthrough in 1983 with the award-winning novel MÄRCHENMOND (Magic Moon). Dozens of other bestsellers followed, such as DAS DRUIDENTOR... Read More →
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Martin Ganteföhr

Interactive Writer & Designer
Martin Ganteföhr has been working as an interactive writer, narrative designer, director and lecturer for more than two decades. He has created a broad range of interactive projects across multiple cultural fields, from video games to theater and audio drama. He’s still at it... Read More →

Thomas Scholz

University Fellow, Washington University
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Jens Schumacher

Jens Schumacher, born 1974, has been been inventing stories since his childhood days. He is the author of more than 90 books und games for kids as well as adults. His bibliography includes fantasy novels, thrillers, interactive questbooks, non-fictional books and over a dozen volumes... Read More →
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Anne von Vaszary

Author & Dramaturg
Anne von Vaszary, born 1975, studied professional screenwriting and dramaturgy at the film university Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg and established her profession with the development of story based computer games and interactive storytelling. Her games received several awards, e.g. the... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Track 1: Public Stage