Workshop on Interactive Storytelling for Children

The goal of this full-day workshop is to bring together researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines who share a common interest in understanding the challenges of interactive storytelling for children. Storytelling, meant as the process of creating narrative structures or of engaging with them, is pervasive in many aspects of children’s life. This topic has received increasing interest by the Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design and Children communities DC fields, where a variety of technologies and design approaches have been explored to foster new forms of children’s creativity and to increase, through interactivity, engagement, enjoyment, fun, as well as the achievement of educational, cognitive, or interpersonal benefits.

This workshop will explore the design, development, and evaluation of interactive storytelling for this target group from different perspectives: i) the different technologies and interaction paradigms; ii) the different profile of children (e.g., age, needs) and the different contexts of use (e.g., school, home, museums, therapeutic settings; iii) the different roles of children in relationships to interactive stories (authors, consumers, or technology designers).

We aim at bringing together researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines - technologists, empirical researchers, HCI designers, educators, pedagogy specialists, psychologists, artists - who work in interactive storytelling for children or are interested in exploring the challenges of this domain. Our purpose is to collect participation that integrates different views and ideas, findings and experiences, and to promote an interdisciplinary exchange.

A selection of the position papers will appear in IDC 2010 conference proceedings and ACM Digital Library. The best submissions will be invited to appear as full papers in a special issue of the International Journal of Arts and Technology, IJART (

For a detailed description of the workshop scope and goals:
IDC 2010 Storytelling Extended Abstract

Important Dates

Submission deadline for workshop position papers: April 8, 2010
Notification of acceptance for submitted position papers: April 20, 2010
Camera ready versions of accepted papers: May 3, 2010

This workshop is partially supported by the EU project EduComics (Comenius Life Long Learning Program)