What is a Jam?
A creative game for 1 or more players that is time-sensitive and must follow a specific set of rules.
The purpose of a Jam is to create a prototype.
Existing Jams can be re-Jam'd and can be used to build more elaborate prototypes. Think of Jams as "Lego" that can be recombined into many different creative projects.
Seeds, Jams and Fruit...
Jams create Fruit (i.e. the prototype). Thus, Fruit are the creative expression of a particular Jam (by following the rules of that Jam).
Seeds are like recipes; they are a pre-defined set of rules that are combined to create a Jam. Anyone can create new Jams, based on existing Seeds.
Character Jams help 1 or more Jammers to create characters for their creative writing projects.
Short Story Jams are longer, Solo Jam sessions. They are typically competitions that invite the community to Jam for rewards.
Story Message Jams are part of our Story Design Framework. They are for 2 - 3 participants. They are built using two of our Topic Jams and two Story Premises. They help create a unique Story Message from existing Story Jams.
Topic Jams are like 'writing walls' where anyone can contribute to a meaningful conversation about a topical issue. They are different from discussions in that they aren't meant to be a dialogue, but, rather, an accumulation of knowledge. They often reference debates and library materials in our forums.
Is a rapid-prototyping framework for creating rich 2-page Story Pitches. Please read our Story Design Book for more information on how this works.
In a nutshell, 2 - 3 writers get together and move through a sequence of Jams that build upon one another: Topic Jam(s) > Story Message Jam > Character Jam > Proto-Pitch Jam > Synopsis Jam > Pitch Jam. The end-result is a very detailed Story Pitch that takes less than a day to complete.
At the moment, we are developing the final tools offline before putting them online. However, the only components we have left to complete is the final Pitch Jam. To see our WIP, please click on this Story Design Dashboard link.
We have workshopped the Story Design process with over 300 writers and have found it to be an extremely effective way to create rich, high-quality and meaningful story pitches in record time. What used to take a single writer 1 - 2 weeks can now be done much more effectively in less than a day.