Twist Fate


You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
– The Dark Knight

Twist Fate,” an international art and writing contest, run by the Connected Learning Alliance (CLA) and hosted by the popular apps DeviantArt and Wattpad, called on teens all over the world to submit works, twisting the fate of storybook heroes and villains. Teens selected a story and character, and created an alternate scenario where a famous hero is the villain, or an infamous villain, the hero. DeviantArt and Wattpad joined forces for this challenge, so youth 13-17 could submit their best pictures, written stories, comic panels, illustrations, to either platform. The contest ran March 6 to April 6, 2016.

The featured works in the catalog were selected by four editors: writers Sara Ryan (author of “Bad Houses,” “The Rules for Hearts” and “Empress of the World”) and Lauren Kate (author of “Fallen,” Torment,” “Passion,” “Rapture,” “Fallen in Love” and “The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove”), Walt Disney Animation Studios story artist Brian Kesinger and Antero Garcia, assistant professor of English at Colorado State University.

Twist Fate (February 2016-August 2017).The Digital Media & Learning Research Hub, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA. 

* Managed the publication process of a digital and soft cover catalog that showcases all the finalists.
* Supervised the development and design of anthology and website.
* Assisted to distribute the book to public libraries across the United States and Canada.