Pursue your passion and learn how to write for video games

Writing for Games

Some dream of making video games, some simply want to write them. Take that first step and learn how to write for video games with this introductory workshop “Writing for Games” happening on May 21 in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs, is collaborating with the creator of Talecraft and President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc., Ria Lu, in this specialized workshop.

“We are thrilled to have our first-ever workshop that focuses on writing for video games,” says Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler and Working Mom and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

“Aspiring game writers, game designers, and hobbyists now have a space where they can learn how to write for video games,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer who was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012. She is a full-time freelance writer who contributes for various online and print publications.

The duo both left their respective careers to pursue their passion to become full-time freelance writers and put up Writer’s Block Philippines in 2010.

According to Lu who manages the development company responsible for some of the award-winning Advergames in the country, “Story and characters are what gets people thinking about your game way after they’ve finished playing. Good storytelling is very important when it comes to games.”

Registration is now open for “Writing for Games” happening on May 21, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Participants should be at least 18 years old. For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Freelancer.com, Fully Booked, Rappler.com, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com, and Sosro Fruit Tea.

WRITING FOR GAMES (FAQS)

Writing for Games

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Writing for Games

When: May 21, 2016 (Saturday),
1PM to 5PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for?

Some dream of making video games, some simply want to write them. Take that first step and learn how to write for video games with this introductory workshop “Writing for Games” happening on May 21, 2016, 1-5pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Writer’s Block Philippines is collaborating with Talecraft creator, Ria Lu, in this specialized workshop.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • aspiring game writers
  • game designers
  • freelance writers
  • hobbyists

Participants should be at least 18 years old.

What is Talecraft?

Talecraft is a story-creation card game designed to help writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. There are three types of cards in Talecraft: the Genre cards, the Archetype cards, and the Key cards. Players need to pick cards from each type and create a story based on what they’ve picked. For more information about the game, please visit http://talecraft.komikasi.com.

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Narrative in Different Media
  • Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing for Games
  • A Study on Different Successful Stories in Games
  • Creating Characters in Games
  • Narrative and Game Progression
  • Endings

 How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form  to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI

Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.

 NOTE: Once you’ve settled the fee, please email us your complete name, contact details, and a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap of transaction so we can confirm your slot.

 Is there a deadline for signing up?

We will close the registration on May 20 or once all the slots have been filled up, whichever comes first. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Also, it’s best to sign up and confirm a slot way before the event so we can prepare your handouts and certificates.

Who is hosting the event?

Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing will host the event.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

In 2014, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do a series of stories on migrant mothers entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”. She has just finished reporting for her second Pulitzer Center grant entitled, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and The Atlantic.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler and WayToGo, powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

Ria Lu: Creator of Talecraft

Ria Lu is the President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc., the development company responsible for some of the award-winning Advergames in the country. Ria graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the De La Salle University, Manila; and has taken up Computer Graphics for Games at the Tokyo Technical College. She is also currently the immediate Past-President of the Soroptimist International Club Parañaque, a socio-civic organization advocating the betterment of the lives of women and girls; and she is also a board member of the Game Developers’ Association of the Philippines. Ria is also the creator of the Talecraft and Flirt card games.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.