Navigating Interactive Writing

107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2008
01/05/2017 6:30 PM - 01/05/2017 8:30 PM
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Writing for interactivity can present many challenges to the newcomer, and involves shedding a lot of what we’ve always been taught about storytelling. Are beginning, middle, and end, really essential? Do we need to move in straight lines anymore? Is conflict really essential? Join our panel of games and interactive writers as they lead you through the basics of changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories! Moderated by Teresa Crea (SA) with Christy Dena (QLD), Leena van Deventer (VIC), Anna Irwin-Schutze (VIC), Krister Collin (NSW) and Nicole Stark (QLD).

WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern st, Redfern, NSW

WHEN: Monday, May 1st 6.30pm for 7pm start, the venue bar will be open especially for us!


Jens Schroeder, Associate Dean of the Design Vertical of Torrens University will join the panel talk tonight!
Jens wrote two books about how games are integrated into society and is currently involved in projects that use game mechanics for learning solutions.

Teresa Crea is a writer, director and creative producer across a variety of media – including theatre, media (television and radio), hybrid and cross platform.  She has written, devised and directed over thirty productions across these media and her work has been presented nationally and internationally – including Singapore, UK and South America. Her performance company received the Sidney Myer Award for its ‘Seminal Contribution to the Australian Arts’. Teresa’s experience also includes two years as a creative facilitator and lecturer in Visual Story for the US based Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Centre. Her role was to work with cross domain teams of writers, programmers, designers, film makers and animators to rapidly prototype and develop narratives for virtual and cross platform production. She holds a PHD in immersive narrative – investigating narrative sense- making and information processing in  simulated and immersive environments.

Leena van Deventer is an award-winning game developer, writer, and educator from Melbourne. She has taught interactive storytelling at Swinburne and RMIT Universities and published her first book last year, “Game Changers: From Minecraft to misogyny, the fight for the future of videogames” with Dr Dan Golding for Affirm Press. Leena has worked on games and apps such as “Twists & Turns” for the Melbourne Writers Festival, and as a senior copywriter on “Run That Town” for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which went on to win a Gold Lion award at Cannes.

Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning pervasive games, film, digital and theatre projects.  Her original projects have won the Interactive Media category at the Australian Writers’ Guild Awards; won and been shortlisted for the Digital Narrative category at the WA Premier’s Book Awards; and many others. Christy has been commissioned to create a game installation for Experimenta’s 5th International Biennial of Media Art: Recharge. She was granted Australia’s first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube for her project “Robot University,” with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and QUT.  She was the “Digital Writing Ambassador” for the Emerging Writers Festival. Previously she worked extensively with the Australia Council for the Arts on their “Story of the Future” initiative, including co-writing “The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living” for the Australian Literature Board. She co-founded with Lance Weiler an international residential lab for storytellers working in tech called “Forward Slash Story“. Her clients include Nokia, Cisco/No Mimes Media,  ABC,  Wieden+Kennedy, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Noah Falstein, Ken Eklund & Agency of Coney, and more.

Narrative designer Anna Irwin-Schutze has been in and around the games industry for over 6 years. As co-director of Sound Librarian, she has a unique perspective in understanding interactive media from both a narrative and audio perspective. Anna is passionate about creating great stories that support gameplay and exploring new ways to engage players through the interactive experience. Currently working on a mix of projects, Anna has an active interest in writing for VR, MR and AR and the unique challenges of storytelling in each of these formats. Anna is a member of the AWG – Games & Interactive Advisory Committee (GIAC) and is passionate about raising the profile of narrative designers and game writers in Australia and worldwide.

Krister Collin is a firm believer that enjoyment, teaching, play and humour are all intertwined. He has been making games for several years on contract and worked as a designer of educational software, now teaching Game Design at AIE Sydney. In his spare time, he runs Beer and Pixels, the monthly game developer meetup for IGDA Sydney, as well as working on side-projects, sharpening his skills and funny third thing.

Nicole Stark is the proud owner of the inaugural ANZ Women in Games Award for Creative Inspiration. She’s held senior positions on a variety of shipped game titles with project sizes ranging from triple A console to indie mobile. In 2012 she moved to Noosa with her husband and four daughters and formed Disparity Games. Their most recent game Ninja Pizza Girl was nominated for an AWGIE award in 2016.


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The 50th Annual AWGIE Awards nominations are in!

@AWG_1 #2017Awgies noms are out. Read these names & celebrate the lot of 'em, for they be the voices of our stories:

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A big congratulations to the winners of Best Script at the 6th Annual KidzFlicks Awards!

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Looking for a way to fill your long weekend? This Saturday and Sunday check out Crafting Intangibles, an international online and local event exploring interactive narrative design. Sign up and follow along from home or head to one of the live events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to hear speakers from across the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, and Australia spill the latest thinking in designing structures for affecting experiences. For more information and to book tickets go here:

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Are you ready Sydney? Sydney Film Festival kicks off in 7 days! Dive into 12 days of cinematic joy with over 288 films and 400 sessions from international and local filmmakers, including last year's AWGIE Award winning Ali's Wedding written by Osamah Sami and Andrew Knight and an exciting list of other films written by our talented members. Tickets are selling fast, with some sessions selling out. Book your tickets or risk missing out!

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Melbourne, your next member night is coming up Wednesday 14 June! We'll be chatting with Emilie Poissenot, Luke Miller, Clea Frost and Anna Irwin-Schutze about all things VR and gaming. With major international film festivals now running significant VR strands, and almost 2 billion gamers world-wide, there’s never been a better time to write for these exciting and unique formats. To book tickets and find out more head to the website:

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A great read on last year's Feature Film Original AWGIE Award winner Ali's Wedding, written by Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami, which you can catch at the Sydney Film Festival this June!

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Part two airs tonight!

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With text by AWG member Hilary Bell, SEVEN STORIES combines music, storytelling and film in a powerful world premiere that is at once visceral, engaging, funny and otherworldly. City Recital Hall, 3 June 7:30pm.

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Congrats to our member Ben Young - his first feature will be available in selected cinemas in Syd, Melb and Hobart from June 1. We have some double passes to a preview screening in Sydney this wed at 7pm at Dendy Newtown! Email by COB today

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WA: Come see the new office, meet the team and network with peers and the industry. 6pm, Thur, 1st June!

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Congratulations to AWG member Stephen Irwin! Thank you Rae Johnston for the article

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