The AntWriter Improvisational Writing System: Visualizing and Coordinating Upcoming Actions

  • Alex MitchellEmail author
  • Jude Yew
  • Lonce Wyse
  • Dennis Ang
  • Prashanth Thattai
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10690)


Improvisational storytelling requires participants to be aware of collaborators’ actions, and to anticipate each other’s upcoming actions so as to create a coherent story. This paper describes the AntWriter improvisational writing system, a computer-based shared workspace for collaborative storytelling. Our system uses a “temporal window” to provide a visualization of a short slice of time where participants can coordinate their upcoming actions during real-time text-based storytelling performances. By providing a concrete, manipulable representation of upcoming actions, AntWriter aims to support anticipation of collaborators’ upcoming actions as a means to encourage extremely short-term planning and coordination within real-time collaboration, without losing the immediacy and spontaneity of improvisational storytelling.


Collaborative storytelling Improvisation Anticipation Computer mediated communication 



This research is funded under the National University of Singapore Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund grant “Communication Strategies in Real-time Computer-Mediated Creative Collaboration”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Mitchell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jude Yew
    • 1
  • Lonce Wyse
    • 1
  • Dennis Ang
    • 1
  • Prashanth Thattai
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communications and New MediaNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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