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San Fernando Valley (Hybrid): Writing for Video Games and New Technologies

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

June 3rd

Ross Berger

Writing for Video Games and New Technologies

Ross Berger
Picture courtesy of Yfat Yossifor

The San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club is pleased to welcome author and screenwriter Ross Berger as the keynote speaker on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm for our first HYBRID meeting (in-person and Zoom), with a presentation titled “Writing for Video Games and New Technologies.”

These days there are many writing revenue streams but how do you find your way into a market that you know little or nothing about? Next month, expert Ross Berger will be with us to discuss just how to get started in some of these new and exciting platforms.

Video games are a massive industry that offer countless ways to have fun. Creating the stories for video games, however, is no small task. It requires some common denominators from other media (like TV and film), but there are other skills — and other ways of looking at story — that are native to the industry itself. This talk will dive into the basics of writing for games and show how this medium differs from others and why it is a force to be reckoned with.

Ross Berger is a writer, narrative designer, and adjunct professor based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Dramatic Storytelling & Narrative Design: A Writer’s Guide to Video Games & Transmedia (CRC Press, 2020), a “how to” for fledgling game writers and screenwriters, and is the editor/contributor of Storytelling for New Technologies & Platforms: A Writer’s Guide to Theme Parks, Virtual Reality, Board Games, Virtual Assistants, and More (CRC Press, 2022).

His screenwriting credits include: Law & Order and the Webby-Award winning LonelyGirl15. He also served as the supervising producer for the social media/television gaming experience The Runner. Ross has also worked extensively in virtual reality as a writer for the Oculus Rift launch title Farlands and the award-winning thriller Eclipse: Edge of Light for the Google Daydream, Oculus Go, and Nintendo Switch. As a senior/lead narrative designer in the video game industry, he has written AAA games for EA Sports (NBA Live franchise) and XBox, where he served as the co-showrunner for an interactive TV/video game prototype that set the foundation for Quantum Break.

Ross is also the author of short stories including “Football with Leatherman” (2020) and “Evie A.I.” (2021), both published by TulipTree Publishing. A graduate of Brandeis (BA, Philosophy) and Columbia (MFA, Playwriting) universities, Ross is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Television Academy and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he teaches a course on game writing.

This lecture promises to be fun and informative, looking at story writing in a new way, plus refreshments will be served! Hope to see you there, IN PERSON!

This meeting will be HYBRID (IN-PERSON and ZOOM) at the MPTF Saban Center for Health and Wellness in Woodland Hills and is free to CWC members and MPTF residents. All members of the CWC-SFV will receive a Zoom invitation to register for this presentation if they would prefer to attend online. 

Members of other CWC branches and MPTF residents attending via Zoom should contact Zoom host, Anat Wenick, by noon on June 2nd at SFV.CWC@gmail.com for an invitation to register.  

Guests attending the meeting may pay $10 at the door or, if joining by Zoom, may purchase admission at www.cwc-sfv.org by noon on June 2nd. After purchasing admission, guests will receive a Zoom invitation.  We regret we cannot accommodate late Zoom requests.

 

Guest Payment Via Zelle: sfv.cwc@gmail.com

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June 3
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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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MPFT Saban Center
Woodland Hills, CA United States + Google Map