Game writing workshops offered this winter

Date posted: 
Mon, 11/21/2016
Game writing workshops at RDC

Scripts At Work series focuses on new medium this season

The Scripts At Work series will connect with a different genre of writers this year, as organizers have planned a new theme focused on game writing.

“The gaming world has become a huge industry in the past 10 years, and writing is an incredibly important part of this,” says Tanya Ryga, Scripts At Work Coordinator and Theatre Performance & Creation Instructor at RDC. “Role play games need stories that have complex worlds and characters, as well as many different types of quests, which are determined based on what the user selects.”

Scripts At Work, which has been running for 12 years, has traditionally focused on playwrights, but it is branching out this year to give new and aspiring game writers an opportunity to learn their craft. Ryga notes that planning for this series of workshops has been in-the-works for several years, and the game writing sessions will be led by RDC Communications Instructor, Dan Whiteside.

Whiteside, who was a game writer for BioWare for five years, became a full-time Communications Instructor at RDC in 2011, and he has also taught screenwriting for the Motion Picture Arts program for the last three years. “This will be a very interesting and informative series for people who want to learn about game writing,” he says. “Participants don’t need to have any experience with game writing, and they will be able to learn through instruction, examples, group work and individual work.”

Whiteside explains that, at the end of the five sessions, participants will have a solid knowledge about game writing, and they should also have a playable quest that they can show to friends and family. “For anyone interested in game writing, this is a great starting place,” he says. “People should come prepared to work hard, to learn and to have fun.”

Scripts At Work – Game Writing Workshops
Sundays: Dec 11, Jan 15, Jan 29, Mar 5 and Mar 19
Choice of mornings: (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) OR afternoons (2 to 5 p.m.)
Registration ends Nov 30; space is limited to 30 participants
Participants must attend all five sessions

To register or for more information, contact Tanya Ryga at tanya [dot] ryga [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Consultant – Corporate

Tanya Ryga
Theatre Performance & Creation Instructor