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October 2012
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Storytelling Modernized

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Do you ever have an exciting and imaginative story to tell, but feel like nobody is listening? Inkle Studios understands and has created inklewriter, a new tool for constructing interactive stories. It's free, and anyone can use it.

With inklewriter, users can collaborate with anyone from around the world to draft their own dynamic stories. Jump into the plot at its opening, conclusion, or anywhere in between, and enjoy unique storytelling flexibility and creativity.

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Inkle was founded by two Cambridge University graduates, Joseph Humfrey and Jon Ingold. With more than 10 years of experience in the video game industry, Humfrey and Ingold developed their interactive storytelling skills, writing tales about an array of topics from go-kart racing to alien invasions. During their tenure the founders worked on many leading digital platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation, iPod, and iPad.

While inklewriter is fit for someone who simply wants to share a story, it also is ideal for students and teachers who are looking to combine creative writing with computer skills. The platform allows you to open as many stories as you wish and provides links between each one.

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Perhaps the most interesting feature of this product is that each story is created on its own webpage, allowing users to share their narratives with the world through the medium of their choice—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, personal blogs, or any other form of social media. Indeed, Inklewriter may be one of next generation's creative writing tools, uniting storytellers across the globe.

For more on this cool tool, visit www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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