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Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

It's Not in the Writer's Manual: Q&A Session for New Writers

Andrew Walsh  (Writer & Narrative Designer, Independent)

Toiya Kristen Finley  (Game Designer, Narrative Designer, Game Writer, Editor, and Consultant, Schnoodle Media, LLC)

Xalavier Nelson, Jr  (Narrative Director, Strange Scaffold)

Matthew Weise  (Creative Director, Fiction Control)

Michelle Clough  (Game Writer & Narrative Designer & Partner, Talespinners & Chair of GDA Romance and Sexuality SIG)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Game Narrative

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

How do newer writers fit into game design and narrative design teams? Do writers coming from the worlds of film and comics have advantages getting work over prose writers? Is it easier to be a freelancer or employee? Especially for individuals with little experience and those looking to break in, this session encourages participants to ask veteran writers and narrative designers questions without definitive answers. Anyone working with writers is also encouraged to attend. Whether it's finding the right job, leading writers and improving team dynamics, or establishing rates, no question about the business of game writing is off limits.

This speaker Q&A session is live and will take place in Zoom. Space is limited and is first come, first serve.


Attendees will be able to ask questions regarding their experiences in the industry. They may wish to become professional game writers or want insight into working with writers. Not all attendees ask questions, but the variety of responses and the ensuing conversations will benefit newer writers and narrative designers.

Intended Audience

The roundtable is for individuals looking to get into game writing, writers and narrative designers with experience of two years or less, and anyone working with writers, including students, professional writers of other media, industry professionals who've been asked to write on projects, and non-writers working with narrative types.