How do several people Jam together over the Internet?
Many of our Jams are designed for 2-3 people to participate in together. It works best if they are in the same room, but can be done over the Internet, if necessary.
The important thing to remember is that a Jam should only be submitted by one person in the group, typically the leader of the Jam, and not multiple times by the other Jammers in the group. As long as the leader identifies the others as participants, they will have access to the Jam in future (including rights to edit and read private parts of it).
Here are the steps to Jamming together over the Internet:
1) Connect to one another, so you can communicate. You can do this over our Chat messaging service, or, preferably over VOIP (e.g. Skype), so you can talk to one another.
2) The leader of the Jam clicks the SEAM "Collaborate" link at the top of the screen in their browser window (in the black bar above the SEAM site main menu). This will create a special session that can be shared with others. Be patient, it takes a good 10 seconds for this to start up. Also, it only works with certain browsers (we've tested Safari, Chrome and Firefox).
3) The leader of the Jam goes to the Jam page, starts the Jam, and then uses their collaborate tools to invite the other Jammers to the session.
The Collaboration Tools will identify each Jammer with a different color, so everyone can see who is clicking and typing where. It has its own chat and voice tools, but these can be buggy. Use the tool primarily to edit the same Jam form together. When you're finished, make sure that only the Jam leader submits it.
A Jam is a time-sensitive, collaborative activity that follows a pre-determined procedure ("Recipe") to create efficient and high-quality, creative output. It is similar to a brainstorming session with specific rules and formats.
A Story Jam creates useful storytelling materials that can build upon one another. Consider it the kernel of your transmedia enterprise.
For example, you might want to create a Story Pitch that can be used to develop a compendium of short stories from different authors that includes illustrations and cover art. All of these elements can be created by engaging artists to write and draw the materials that you need in a series of Jams that follow one another. You might even want to use the same Pitch to develop a Web TV series. It really doesn’t matter - you can jam anything you want. But, everything starts with a Story Jam.
Story Jams follow a specific sequence in order to craft the final Pitch. This sequence is based upon SEAM’s “Story Design” methodology, which has been refined to help you develop story pitches more efficiently and effectively by leveraging skills from multiple parties.
Jams, Fruit, Recipes
Recipes contains all the steps, rules and workflow of a particular Jam. Recipes can be re-purposed and re-used to create many different types of Jam.
Jams are time-sensitive brainstorming sessions.
Fruit are the results of a Jam. Fruit can be re-Jammed again to create new Fruit.
How does Story Jam work?
You begin with a Story Message Jam. If you don't see one you like, you can create your own. Story Message Jams are meant to be jammed with 2-3 people.
Your Story Message Fruit is then used for a variety of follow-on Jams: Short Story Jams, Short Synopsis Jams, Story Pitch Jams, Story Treatment Jams and Story Episode Jams. Each of these Jams adds layers to a particular project. The Story Pitch Jam is an important milestone, as it contains roughly 2-3 pages of information about a project that makes it easy to then write a treatment that can be used to craft novels, games, screenplays, etc.
From there, you can Jam your Pitch into other mediums and art forms. You are limited only by your imagination.
Here is an overview of the Story Jam Process (Click to Enlarge):
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How is the Story Jam different from other collaborative workspace on the Web?
First off, Story Jam is a specially designed and streamlined process that has been tested on hundreds of writers around the world. It’s very efficient and highly effective. While other websites encourage collaboration, they tend to be an “anything goes” process that isn’t carefully constructed or managed. Story Design is just the opposite - it’s rigorous and gets great results.
Secondly, SEAM Jams are designed to leverage the talent of the SEAM community. If you don’t have all the people you need for your Jam, you can solicit other SEAM members, as well as inviting in other people that you know.
It might be because you created a Username that had spaces in it. Unfortunately, you cannot do this. The system will automatically put a '-' wherever it finds a space. For example, if you entered the following Username, "Ally McGraw", it will be converted into "ally-mcgraw". Try logging in with whatever you entered but using '-' (dashes) for spaces.
If you are still having problems, you can contact the administrator: email@example.com
Bear in mind that Usernames cannot be changed once they are submitted to the system.
There is no problem putting spaces in other fields.
Registration is FREE and allows you to participate in most of our Jams, as well as post content to our Forums and Group discussion areas.
There is, however, additional content that requires you to have a Subscription in order to view it. For example, there are professional forums devoted to filmmakers and other storytellers that are exclusive to paying members. We also have original clippings available in many of our forums that can only be viewed by subscribers.
If you want your Jams to be private and not shared with the rest of the community, you will need a Storyteller Subscription or above.
Why do we charge for Subscriptions?
We use the money we receive to support our sever hosting and site development costs. We pay writers for projects we commission and reward writers in competitions for their submissions to our Story Jams.
Who owns copyright and do I have to make my Story Jams Public?
SEAM's mission is to help creative people collaborate. By our very nature, we share a great deal of our work with one another. In order to limit our public liabilities, we insist upon every registered member complying with our Terms & Conditions. This allows you to retain copyright in your original work, but grants us a perpetual license in perpetuity to make use of your content, too.
We are not in the business of stealing people's ideas. We have taken this legal route, because we need to protect ourselves and the other members of our community. This is by no means unusual. For instance, if you post anything on Youtube, you are automatically granting them the same rights.
If you prefer not to share your work with the public, or even with the rest of the SEAM registered members in our community, you can protect selected Jams by making them private. This is only possible if you have a Storyteller Subscription with us. Bear in mind, however, that you are still bound by our T&C's.
Make sure that you have activated your registration first, before logging into the site. After registering, you should receive an email with a link to activate. Once activated, you can then login. When you activate, you might not see anything change on-screen but you should have seen the page get submitted in your browser. We can activate you ourselves, if necessary. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear in mind that you must give us a valid email address, otherwise you will not receive the registration email.
Why Should I Register?
Registration is free and it allows you to participate in Jams and post in discussion forums. In addition, it allows you to create your own project Group.
There is some content on this site that requires a Subscription. For example, if you would like your Jams to be private and not made public to the rest of the community, you will need a Storyteller Subscription or above. Visit this link to explore your membership options.
We have a number of Story Jams that help writers to combat Writers Block and to develop their own story projects and pitches.
A Story Jam is a time-sensitive, highly-structured brainstorm session that requires a specific output (fruit) and can have 1-3 participants.
The purpose of our Story Jams is to create a meaningful story with a positive social impact that has significant audience appeal.
Flash Jams are short, 15 minute (timed) exercises that provide a visual or textual writing prompt. Short Story Jams employ predefined Story Message Jams to encourage writers to write a short story within 1 day that debates the message.
To facilitate story development, we use our own proprietary Story Design methodology. The site uses this methodology in a specific 7-step process:
Topic Jams are used to identify topical issues that are story-worthy. You will need 2 for the Story Message Jam.
Story Message Jams are created by combining 2 Topics with 2 Story Premises. 2-3 writers then use the Story Message Jam to create Story Message Fruit. The main elements of the fruit are public, but the notes used to create the fruit are private to the participants (so that it can be used as part of their own, proprietary Synopsis).