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SDCC: Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

It’s baaack! This year at Comic-con International in San Diego, we’ll be gathering together to discuss writing for gamez! Come join the usual suspects and some new faces as we discuss writing for games and answer all your burning questions.

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered),Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

When: Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Room 9

Join us! You can add it to your schedule here.

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Worldbuilding at Dutch Comic-con!

I have modest ambitions this weekend. I’m going to teach how to build an entire world. A universe even. But I won’t be alone. I’ll be joined by several other writers with the equally modest goal of sharing how to create appealing worlds for the reader. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking about the representation of women in games with several other writers of books, comics, and movies. If you’re interested in building worlds for your novel or game, or you’d like to hear about great representations of women in the media, come on down to Dutch Comic con this weekend!Dutch Comic-con

World Building
When: Saturday, March 26th, 3:45pm-4:45pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Brian McClellan
Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief, IDW)
Adrian Stone
Me!

Bechdel Test Anno 2016
When: Saturday, March 26th, 5-6pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Corinne Duyvis
Marieke Nijkamp
​​Tisa Pescar
Ann Vandermeer
Jeff Vandermeer
Me!

If you find yourself near Utrecht in the Netherlands this weekend, join all of us at Dutch Comic Con!

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PAX et Scriptio: Writing panel at PAX

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age? is the title of my panel coming up at PAX Prime next week!  While you may think you already know the answer, join me and my other esteemed writing colleagues as we discuss what’s working and what isn’t in the world of narrative and games.  Of course, there’s still time to bone up on the latest games that are examples and counterexamples of great game storytelling.  Got a favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Got a least favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Drop a comment and share your opinion, or join us for the panel:

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7pm
Where: Sphinx Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)

It feels like video games have been around for ages, but in truth they’re still a relatively young medium. In the last few years we’ve witnessed them beginning to take on more serious subjects and mature themes in their narrative. Is this the start of the adulthood of storytelling in games? Join our all-star panel of game writers and narrative experts as we discuss this exciting new direction in game narrative and speculate on a bold new future of interactive storytelling.

PANELISTS:

Chris Tihor [Game Writer/Designer, Ironic Iconic Studios], Toiya Kristen Finley [Narrative Designer/Game Writer & Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Richard Dansky [Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft/Red Storm], Qais Fulton [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer and Narrative Designer, The Write Toole], Raphael van Lierop [Creative Director, Hinterland Games]

See you at PAX, or in the comment section!

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Science! Attending Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

LaunchpadWriting science fiction is part of my job description, which also includes, apparently, coming up with 100 ways to say, “Good job!”  Unlike the latter, I will actually get help with the former from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.  The week-long workshop educates writers in various media education so we can rush off and make our science fiction more science and less fiction.  I’ll be joining the best and brightest in the fields of novels and TV for the experience in Wyoming, which I can safely say is my favorite state I’ve never been to.

For a complete list of this year’s attendees, click here.  If you want to see any of the glorious alum from years past, including Ellen Datlow and Marc Laidlaw, check them out here.

Anyone else been to Wyoming?  Any recommendations?

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Writing in Multiple Media at Captivate Conference!

If you think one size fits all when it comes to creating a story for a medium or platform, you’ll get a chance to learn how wrong, wrong, wrong you are this Sunday in Austin at the first annual Captivate Conference. When you’re not learning about leadership from Warren Spector, you can come on by to my presentation with the extremely original title “Writing for Multiple Media.” I’ll be exploring how the medium and the business model impacts the kind of story you can tell, whether it’s games, TV, film, or webseries.  Heck, I might even throw in comics and animation, why not?

Writing in Multiple Media
When: October 6, 2013, 3:30-4:15pm
Where: Palmer Center, Austin, TX
Story is king, but storytelling isn’t a one size fits all proposition. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each medium, or you may alienate your buyers and your audience rather than engaging them.

Come on down! Bring your questions, bring your jeers, and then we’ll all go grab a beer!

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Award-winning webseries, oh my!

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LBD on the Red Carpet

So this thing happened with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries this month. Well, a lot has been happening on the show — haven’t you been watching? But the big news involves an IAWTV Award nomination and a trip to Vegas.  Spoilers: we won!

The 2nd annual IAWTV Awards were held earlier this month, celebrating excellence in webseries. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was nominated for Interactive experience, for all its ancillary twitter feeds, tumblrs, mystery websites…  You can keep tabs on some of them here.

The IAWTV Awards were an experience.  I’ve been to the WGA Awards a couple times, and let’s just say Awards + Talent = more snazz. Or maybe the WGA puts all their money into the food, which I generally approve of.  But the IAWTV was covered with publicists, so you can hear from the cast and crew of LBD and see my premiere on the red carpet, which was actually blue, here.

Stay tuned next week for some stimulating updates on writing for games and the game industry!

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Break out and write animation!

Woops!  Forgot to mention I’ll be speaking today at Long Beach Comic Con on… animation writing?  “Hey!” you may be thinking.  “Don’t you write games mostly, and also the LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES webseries, and maybe a bit of Nanowrimo?”  The answer is yes, but oh, so much more.  So to learn what I know about writing animation, or find out other fascinating knowledges about the animation industry, check out this panel:

Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center
Sunday, 11:00 – 11:45, 4 November, Room 102A
Breaking Into Animation
Animation is a great area to work with a lot of different jobs as part of the process.  Writing, storyboarding, animating, character design, production jobs, programming, voice acting, and more.  But how do you break in? Just how do you get a job working in animation?
Sean Bishop, Mike Blum, Kelly Hobby, Anne Toole

Personally, I’m looking forward to what the other panelists have to say about directing, storyboarding, and working in the art department.  Hoping for some laughs and to see a few smiling faces.  See you there!

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