Developing Video Game Narratives

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Learn to write interactive stories and branching narratives that bring our favorite video games to life.

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Remote
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn to plot and executive branching narratives
  • Experiment by writing in different interactive genres and formats
  • Master the fundamental concepts of writing for video games where players have choices that affect outcomes
  • Embrace the vocabulary of interactive fiction and begin building a portfolio of work

About this course:

Writing for games requires an understanding of structure that goes beyond linear storytelling. From the early days of tabletop gaming to more recent hits like Mass Effect and Fallout, writers are expected to hold many possible worlds--with multiple branching story points--in their heads. And to ultimately translate those concepts into actionable materials. In this course, you explore the nature of interactive story by working in multiple different formats (choose your own adventure, virtual novels, the Telltale style, etc.) and writing games that exemplify the fundamental concepts of branching narrative. The course goal is to develop a vocabulary for interactive fiction and to write a game in the format of your choosing that can be used as a calling card for future work.

Winter 2022 Schedule

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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens November 01, 2021 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Jonathan Callan
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Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Online
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live classes at the designated time. Students must be present during class as each student's final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class. You are responsible for any course information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 25, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Tue Jan 11, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Tue Jan 18, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 25, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 1, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 8, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 15, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Tue Feb 22, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 1, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 8, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 15, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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