London Writers Week 2016

Writing for videogames

WGGB is partnering with London Writers’ Week to host a special videogames panel event on Friday 20 July (12-1pm).

Opportunities for Writers in Videogames will feature some of the UK’s leading games writers and will explore the craft of games writing, opportunities for writers, and the broader videogames industry.

Tickets cost £5.98 or are free if you have a festival pass. You can book online here.

The panel is chaired by WGGB Videogames Committee member David Varela, whose credits include writing the mobile adventure Sherlock: The Network, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; script consultancy on the chart-topping mobile game Zombies, Run! (which was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award), and writing the murder mystery game The Trace. David is also a narrative designer on an undisclosed project at Criterion Games.

The speakers are:

Olivia Wood, who was recently selected by BAFTA as a 2017 Breakthrough Brit.

Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning writer for games, comics, film, TV and short stories and whose work has received awards from the Writers Guild of America, WGGB, DICE, SXSW, and a BAFTA nomination. Rhianna has written for DC, Dark Horse and Dynamite (notably writing an origin story for Red Sonja’s chainmail bikini) and is currently working on film and TV projects with the Jim Henson Company, Film4, Big Talk and O3 Productions.

Andrew S. Walsh, an award-winning writer/director with credits across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and videogames. To date he has worked on videogames such as The Division 2, Prince of Persia, Lego City: Undercover, Risen, Harry Potter, Fable Legends and Need for Speed. His film work includes the English version of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, while his TV credits include BBC’s Raven, Emmerdale, Byker Grove, Risk and Family Affairs. His theatre work includes Wind in the Willows, which is touring south London this summer.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week said: “We are delighted to provide access to advice from some of the writers leading the way in terms of writing for videogames, in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s Videogames Committee.”

All profits from London Writers’ Week will go to organisations promoting diversity in the arts.

A festival pass costs £30, which works out to less than £2.50 for each individual event.

Full information about London Writers’ Week can be found on its website.

WGGB is also hosting another panel event at London Writers’ Week, in conversation with Film Co-Chair Andrea Gibb, who will be talking about the Equality Writes campaign, and the under-representation of women writers in film and TV.

Photo of 2016 London Writers’ Week: Em Fitzgerald