Writing for Games
Learn Game Writing from veteran industry professionals
Video Games continue to explore bold new worlds of interactive entertainment – and the industry is beckoning for writers to create these worlds. Led by veteran industry professionals, John Meadows and Kelsey Kirvan, the VFS Writing for Games Workshops are designed exclusively for beginning to intermediate writers interested in exploring interactive narrative design and storytelling.
"As the game industry continues to boom, there has never been a better time to get involved in the narrative aspect of video game creation."-John Meadows, Ubisoft
Saturday July 28
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Session 1 : $75
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Session 2 : $75
Saturday July 29
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Session 3 : $100
Session 1 + Session 2 : $100
Session 1 + Session 2 + Session 3 : $175
VFS Campus 151 West Cordova St.
So you want to be a Game Writer? - Session 1
On the cutting edge of media, video games offer a bold new space for storytelling. It’s a new art that melds classic story structures with a dynamic world where players have incredible agency in how the story evolves. This workshop explores the challenges that writers encounter when writing for video games, and the conventional narrative techniques used to solve them. You’ll depart from traditional linear thinking to create design documents and scripts tailored for interactive storytelling and learn what it truly means to be a game writer and narrative designer.
Saturday, July 28
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Environmental Storytelling - Session 2
Video games are an interactive medium: a dynamic experience that unfolds within environments where players are given control over their fate. The Environmental Storytelling workshop will introduce you to powerful narrative techniques that embrace this reality, showing how players discover a game’s world and its inherent rules. You will learn the key concepts guiding this technique, forging a world with its own unique story, utilizing mood boards, diary entries and other effective environmental design techniques.
Saturday, July 28
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Interactive Narrative - Session 3
Modern video games have changed the way we tell stories with new perspectives and creative techniques. This Interactive Narrative introductory workshop will present you with an analogue game system that you will need to dissect and explore, analyzing the individual components essential for creating successful and engaging game stories. You’ll adopt the game’s rule sets, systems and elements in order to craft an original interactive narrative. You’ll combine characters, items, locations and game mechanics to create new encounters for players and build an individualized ‘expansion pack’.
Sunday July 29 Full day workshop
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mastermind Kamloops Studio Partnership
Mastermind Studios in Kamloops, BC is excited to begin a new partnership with Vancouver Film School for growing the motion picture and gaming industries in British Columbia. As the gaming industry continues to experience unprecedented growth the delivery of the 'Writing for Games' workshops in Kamloops is an excellent opportunity for the Interior to get a taste of what Vancouver Film School has to offer and get started on developing the skills they need to break into the industry themselves. This is just the first of many exciting opportunities on the horizon through the relationship between Mastermind Studios and Vancouver Film School.
- Peter Cameron-Inglis, CEO & Producer, Mastermind Studios