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Game Writing Job Hunt Misconceptions

In this video, game writer Sande Chen lists the top 5 game writing job hunt misconceptions she found during her research on job seekers wanting to break into the video game industry.Here is my presentation at the 2021 Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE), the largest video game trade show in the South.In 2020 and 2021, I interviewed...

Save the Date: Webinars Coming

I just joined Instagram for the first time this week and discovered the drawing that accompanied my quarantine essay, "Dear Daughter," was posted there. The autobiographical essay was the first memoir type of writing that I had ever published and it was later included in Covid-19 memory projects and in ArtsWestchester's exhibition, "Together apART:...

Social Interaction, Zoom, and Early Learning

In this article, game designer Sande Chen reports on research findings regarding remote learning during the pandemic.As the parent of little ones and an expert in educational games, I welcomed the opportunity to hear the latest research from Patricia K. Kuhl, the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, about the effects of...

Interview with Joanna Giordano, Career Coach

As I mentioned before, I'm now offering online workshops on game writing tests and portfolio preparation.  I get my information by talking to industry hirers, recruiters, and human resources.  To give you a glimpse into the human resources mindset, here's a short interview with Joanna Giordano, your "friend in HR," as she likes to call herself.  She's...

Flavored by Authenticity: How Personal Experiences Amplify Narrative

Matthew Farber, Juliana Loh, Kimberly Unger, and I headlined the Georgia Game Developers Association CIMFest last year with this powerful panel exploring how personal experiences empower narrative writing. Especially enlightening was the conversation on how personal experiences do not necessarily equate trauma but can instead be more uplifting and positive.  Keynote...

Watch my interview on Negocios TV

What a thrill to do this interview with Bisila Bokoko on Negocios TV, a business channel. Bisila Bokoko herself is a truly awe-inspiring woman and she has helped female entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. We chatted about different topics regarding the video game industry including how to help women break into the game industry and the importance of...

Launch and Liftoff: Career Workshops in 2022!

 Hello! It's January 2022.  Though I haven't been updating the blog, that doesn't mean I wasn't presenting or doing interviews.  After SXSW and CIMFest, I participated in two MCM London Comic Con panels, "The Art of the Onomatopoeia" and "Creating Diverse Characters for Comics and More."  I presented at SIEGE and Serious Play Conferences and was interviewed...

Designing Non-Toxic Game Communities

In this video from 2021 CIMFest, game designers and community managers discuss how to remove toxicity from game communities.Originally scheduled for 2020 GDC, this roundtable on Designing Non-Toxic Game Communities was canceled due to the pandemic. We are so grateful to the Georgia Game Developers Association for allowing this roundtable to occur during...

New and Improved Game Writing Portfolio Webinar!

Last year, I was planning to have another run of Game Writing Primer but the pandemic and subsequent lockdown made that impossible. I checked in with my former students and was delighted to hear of their successes, games, awards, job offers, start-ups, and even a pending wedding between two of them!PlayCrafting asked me to do a Webinar, which I knew...

A Day in the Life of a Game Writer

This year, when I interviewed numerous aspiring game writers and narrative designers, I discovered that many were a bit fuzzy on the actual day-to-day tasks of the job.  It was much like when people ask about game design and then find out with surprise that the actual job entails spreadsheets.  Game writers and narrative designers often look at spreadsheets...

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