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What is it? 

An Open-Source Digital Tool for Telling Interactive, Nonlinear Stories

This program is browser-based, but also is also downloadable to Windows, macOS, and Linux. 



A Twine project is made from “nodes” (or “passages”) and links between them. The application’s interface represents each node as a box, and links between nodes as arrows from one box to another.


No coding knowledge necessary. 

If you can type words, and occasionally put brackets around words [[Like This!]], you can use Twine. It operates really similarly to Prezi or Powerpoint: simply double-click on the canvas to add a new passage, type into the passage, and you’re off-and-running. This is a great tool for educators who are looking to incorporate low-stakes digital tools into the classroom. 


What can I do with it? 


Educators can use Twine for their own tools, and students can use Twine to demonstrate knowledge on a project! Potential topics include: interactive histories, choice-based learning/projects, scenario-based learning, etc. Examples can be found at  



Getting Started


To start, simply type in the address (, click on “Use it online” on the right-hand side, read through the brief introduction (about 4 slides), and then click the +Story button on the right-hand side.  


Common Functions


To modify the look of text in a passage, place some “tags” around a given word, phrase, or sentence. These tags are just symbols that modify the text, like quotation marks or brackets:
BOLD”, //italics//, ~~Strikethrough~~, [[Link to passage]]


Linking Passages together…


To link to another passage, write the link text and the passage name in brackets like this: [[link text->passage name]]

Typing:       [[Click here to move to Passage 2->Passage 2]] 

Becomes:   Click here to move to Passage 2


A helpful guide for Twine


Check out the instructional series from Dr. Adam Hammond: 


Twine in the Classroom


I made a sample Twine game to show students how ideas like choice and agency manifest in 1984:


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