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Video Game Writing: Secrets to Deep Story Worlds & Play

Online 10% off - No Minimum - Use Code: ISA10WS
Registration ended: 01/02/2015
Class Begins: 01/08/2015   Ends: 01/08/2015
Class Time: 1:00 pm - (PST)
FEE: $70 Registration Expired
At a Glance
  • During this live webinar, writers will learn the distinct traits of the video game medium, and the fundamentals of game world design.
  • Case studies will cover how to extend an established film or video game properties into new story lines and game sequels.
  • Significantly increase your expertise and value to video game publishers and development houses.


Video games and game applications have become richer and more compelling experiences, making the role of the writer more vital than ever. But many writers underestimate the demands of the medium, and falter when it comes to creating vast new story worlds, or extending established ones. Even fewer writers can make the leap to creating narratives that dynamically and emotionally engage the player.

In this candid, practical, and exclusive webinar, writers will learn the distinct traits of the video game narrative, and the demands that will be made upon joining a console or app game development team. Examined will be how to create or maintain the themes, tone, and “voice” of a game world, enabling the writer to handle iconic characters while introducing new scenarios. Also explored will be how to discern the essence of a video game brand, so that franchise visionaries can entrust the writer with creating major character and story developments for the player.

For the first time, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, will draw directly upon his experience as a professional video game writer and producer. Jeff wrote the original Turok, Dinosaur Hunter Nintendo 64 video game series, and has worked on such major game properties as Halo, Splinter Cell, and Red Faction. Renowned for his work as a Transmedia Producer, Jeff has also worked on such blockbuster franchises as Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Transformers, Men in Black, and Magic: The Gathering.


  • How the writer fits into the game development process
  • Distinguishing traits of video game writing
  • How to capture the brand essence of an established game world
  • The criteria for successfully extending movie worlds into gaming
  • The “closed matrix” approach to game world building
  • How to make the Player Character the focal point of your narrative
  • Adding significant elements to the franchise mythologyPaying off your player’s heroic arc


Writers interested in breaking into video gamesWriters moving into game app developmentScreenwriters who want to apply their skills to game writingNovice writers preparing to enter the game spaceConsole and app game developers who want to sharpen their writing skillsProducers and Transmedia Producers interested in multi-platform narrativeWriters and gamers interested in story world design and development


Participate Live or Watch Later
This webinar includes both access to the live webinar where you may interact with the presenter and the recorded, on-demand edition for your video library. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.



With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!


This webinar will be broadcast using GoToWebinar. To see if your system is compatible with GoToWebinar, please review this page, which lists the system requirements for the software.


Product Details

Date available: 12/05/2014

Publication date: 12/05/2014

Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.


Meet the Author: Jeff Gomez

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world's leading expert at expanding entertainment properties, premium brands and socio-political themes into highly successful transmedia franchises and international campaigns. As a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Jeff contributes strategic planning and production for the extension of narrative content across digital and traditional platforms. In the role of Transmedia Producer, he also extends the story worlds of films, television shows, toys, books, animation and videogame titles across multiple access points. 

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