Writing for Games

in partnership with Vancouver Film School

Date: May 5th & 6th, 2018

Mastermind Studios in Kamloops, BC is excited to begin a new partnership with Vancouver Film School for growing the motion picture and gaming industries in British Columbia.

As the gaming industry continues to experience unprecedented growth the delivery of the ‘Writing for Games’ workshops in Kamloops is an excellent opportunity for the Interior to get a taste of what Vancouver Film School has to offer and get started on developing the skills they need to break into the industry themselves.

This is just the first of many exciting opportunities on the horizon through the relationship between Mastermind Studios and Vancouver Film School.


Learn Game Writing from veteran industry professionals!

Video Games continue to explore bold new worlds of interactive entertainment – and the industry is beckoning for writers to create these worlds. Led by veteran industry professionals, John Meadows and Kelsey Kirvan, the VFS Writing for Games Workshops are designed exclusively for beginning to intermediate writers interested in exploring interactive narrative design and storytelling.

“As the game industry continues to boom, there has never been a better time to get involved in the narrative aspect of video game creation.”
– John Meadows, Ubisoft

 Only 24 spots are available – Register today!

Introductory workshop
in partnership with

Date: May 5th & 6th, 2018

This weekend workshop is three (3) great sessions in one workshop.

Price: $200 + GST (only 24 spots)



So you want to be a Game Writer? – Session 1

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

On the cutting edge of media, video games offer a bold new space for storytelling. It’s a new art that melds classic story structures with a dynamic world where players have incredible agency in how the story evolves. This workshop explores the challenges that writers encounter when writing for video games, and the conventional narrative techniques used to solve them. You’ll depart from traditional linear thinking to create design documents and scripts tailored for interactive storytelling and learn what it truly means to be a game writer and narrative designer.

Environmental Storytelling – Session 2

Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Video games are an interactive medium: a dynamic experience that unfolds within environments where players are given control over their fate. The Environmental Storytelling workshop will introduce you to powerful narrative techniques that embrace this reality, showing how players discover a game’s world and its inherent rules. You will learn the key concepts guiding this technique, forging a world with its own unique story, utilizing mood boards, diary entries and other effective environmental design techniques.


Interactive Narrative – Session 3

Sunday, May 6. Full day workshop
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Modern video games have changed the way we tell stories with new perspectives and creative techniques. This Interactive Narrative introductory workshop will present you with an analogue game system that you will need to dissect and explore, analyzing the individual components essential for creating successful and engaging game stories. You’ll adopt the game’s rule sets, systems and elements in order to craft an original interactive narrative. You’ll combine characters, items, locations and game mechanics to create new encounters for players and build an individualized ‘expansion pack’.

Price: $200 + GST (only 24 spots)


Be part of the emerging world of game writing.

Begin your journey as a writer and thrive in Canada’s newest and evolving market.

 “470 video game studios in Canada”

– Financial Post

 “31% video game industry growth over 3 years”

– Globe and Mail

 “120 video game studios in B.C. alone”

– Globe and Mail

More About this Course

This is a TWO DAY Workshop.


  1. When registering, please ONLY register ONE person per ticket. If you need to register multiple people, each must purchase a ticket. Ensure that you register under the name of the person who will be attending the course, along with a CURRENT AND COMPLETE mailing address.
  2. You do not need to bring anything aside from a pen and food and drinks, however, you may like to bring a notebook or laptop to take notes.
  3. 1 Hour will be provided on each day for lunch breaks. Please provide your own meal and snacks. Coffee, tea and water provided.
Contact Christy Danielson, Associate Producer at Mastermind Studios at events@mastermindstudios.ca or call 250-434-8918. If you prefer to register in person we accept cash and check only.