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Top Ten Things to Teach About Game Writing

Wendy Despain  |  Narrative Designer and Consultant, Quantum Content

Location: Room 3020, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: GDC Education Summit
Vault Recording: Video


Game writing, narrative design, and storytelling in games can be challenging topics to teach, but many students are eager to learn about this side of game creation. The problem is that entry-level game writing requires a combination of expert-level knowledge from two disparate crafts - software creation and story creation. This session organizes the most essential learning requirements into an easy-to-implement top ten list, gleaned from the experience of a professional narrative designer who has also taught game writing skills to design students and creative writing students for the last three years.

Takeaway

This gritty how-to session covers how to teach the story side of games, and the game side of stories. There is so much to teach about the concepts behind interactive narrative, it can seem overwhelming and unapproachable. These top ten essentials are concrete learning objectives you can use tomorrow.