Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction

Woman in a top hat, spiked goggles, gas mask, glowing necklace, chain, and leather top, in front of a bright humanoid shape that stands atop a tall tower.

Detail of the photograph "Steampunk at Burning Man." (Original photograph by Trey Ratcliff on flickr.)


MIT Course Number

21W.763J / CMS.309 / CMS.809

As Taught In

Spring 2014


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Transmedia narratives exist across multiple storytelling platforms, using the advantages of each to enhance the experience of the audience. No matter which medium nor how many, the heart of any successful transmedia project is a good story. In this class we will spend time on the basics of solid storytelling in speculative fiction before we move on to how to translate those elements into various media. We will then explore how different presentations in different media can complement and enhance our storytelling. While we will read scholarly articles and discuss ideas about transmedia, this is primarily a class in making speculative fiction transmedia projects. We will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various mediums and consider how they complement each other, and how by using several different media we can give the audience a more complete, rewarding, and immersive experience.

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Shariann Lewitt. 21W.763J Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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