The Invictus Writers, Vol.3: A New Joint

The Invictus Writers, Vol. 3 : An Immersive Learning Project at Ball State University

In Spring 2013, Prof. Brad King will teach a course on long-form, digital publishing that involves a competition with students from at least 9 other universities. In 16 weeks, students will be expected to produce a long-form story with multimedia elements publishing using The Atavist platform.

Those stories will look like this.

The Atavist Platform:

  • The Atavist ( publishes long-form, immersive stories created for tablet computers and eReaders. The company exists somewhere between a magazine and a book.
  • The software, which is now available to anyone, enables writers to create digital stories, embed audio and video, create timelines, and multi-directional navigation without any technical knowledge.

The Awards:

  • Students in the class will spend one semester writing, creating, and building a long-form, multi-media feature story that will be submitted to the national competition.
  • Those reported, non-fiction stories would be 10,000-15,000 words and contain multimedia elements.

Class Info:

  • You can see the flyer here
  • The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Students who do not submit a story to the competition by semester’s end will not pass the course.
  • Students will be graded on their process and their ability to work together.
  • Students should have a demonstrated proficiency with storytelling, a basic understanding of journalism principles, and an affinity for emerging media and technology such as audio, video, or photography.

Interested students:

  • The class will meet Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2-315 pm
  • Please contact Prof. Brad King for more information if you’re interested.