Writers Guild Award-winner Anne Toole is a creative writer whose credits include video games, webseries, animation, television drama, comics, and short fiction. With a penchant for telling stories with a light tone and a dark underbelly, she prefers writing contemporary mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror and the occasional romance. She most recently wrote CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS for ASSASSIN’S CREED: ORIGINS and won a Writers Guild Award for her work on HORIZON ZERO DAWN. She also created the hundred episode series ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE and wrote for the Emmy-winning webseries THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES.
Anne started her career in television and has worked in syndication, cable, broadcast primetime and daytime. After writing for DAYS OF OUR LIVES, she was hired away as Head Writer for a game based on the STARGATE SG-1 series. She then earned the Writers Guild nomination for her work on THE WITCHER, a dark fantasy game. She has since acted as writer and narrative design consultant on a diversity of titles, ranging from casual to console, single-player to massively multi-player, and serious to entertainment, for young adults as well as mature audiences. Recent credits include LOST GIRL: THE GAME, an iOS game based on the hit Syfy series, and ROCK OF THE DEAD, a horror comedy game for 360/PS3.
Aside from her creative writing, Anne has contributed chapters to PROFESSIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR VIDEO GAME WRITING, 2008, and WRITING FOR VIDEO GAME GENRES, 2009. She has also written over 200 blog posts on working with writers, writing and designing games, and virtual collaboration at the Writers Cabal Blog. She tweets on game design, television, comics, and social media @amely.
Anne has spoken extensively on entertainment as well as games at the inaugural Nokia OpenLab, NAB, GDC Europe, GDC Online, South by Southwest, the ION Game Conference, Penny Arcade Expo, Digital LA, and Comic-con International.
A proponent of advocacy, Anne acts as Co-Chair for the Women in Games SIG of the International Games Developers Association (IGDA) and is an elected Board Member and Communications Chair for the IGDA Los Angeles Chapter. A former New Leaders Council Fellow, she also currently serves on the Women’s Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood.
Anne graduated from Harvard with an ever-so-useful degree in Archaeology. She also studied abroad in Egypt under Kent Weeks shortly after he discovered KV5, the tomb of Pharaoh Rameses’ sons.
Anne is originally from the East Coast and currently resides in West Hollywood beside litigious neighbors. Born in France, she holds both EU and US passports. When she’s not writing, she researches subjects like addiction, the Puritans, and business management, in no particular order.