Exploring Performative Authoring as a Story Creation Approach for Children

  • Sharon Lynn Chu
  • Francis Quek
  • Kumar Sridharamurthy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8832)


We propose performative authoring, an approach for children to author digital animated stories using pretend play or story enactment. Using a systematic methodology, we designed and developed DiME, a prototype system to explore how children may make use of performative authoring to create stories. Findings showed that children greatly enjoyed the authoring approach, and that DiME supported the child’s imagination of characters, objects and environments during enactment. However, enactment for authoring lacked narrative structuring and the affordance for rapid iterative editing that is critical to creativity. We conclude that performative authoring has great potential to facilitate and even improve children’s storytelling.


Storytelling Authoring Children Creativity Enactment Pretend play 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon Lynn Chu
    • 1
  • Francis Quek
    • 1
  • Kumar Sridharamurthy
    • 1
  1. 1.TAMU Embodied Interaction Lab, Department of VisualizationTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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