WisCon 40 Writers’ Workshop — Announcing our Comics Writing and Video Game Writing special workshops

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Writers’ Workshop

Critique sessions are awesome — but this year the WisCon Writers’ Workshop is shaking things up a little bit with craft workshops. Each craft workshop will focus on introducing a new skill — or a completely new format for your fantastical world creations. This year, we’re rolling out two special sections: Comics Writing and Video Game Writing.

To sign up for a workshop section:

  • Simply email workshop@wiscon.net
  • Indicate which workshop you’d like.
  • Email by April 25 (11:59pm Central Time)!!

The Comics Writing and Video Game Writing workshops do not require that you submit a manuscript. Just email us and we’ll sign you up — that’s it!

If you have any questions, email workshop@wiscon.net ASAP!

Each section is capped at eight (8!) participants, and both are first come, first served!

Comics Writing

If you’ve ever wondered how to break into the comics industry, this Comics Writing workshop is for you. Pro writer Mikki Kendall will be tackling writing for comics as a general topic. She’s going to cover everything from scripting to pitching, and then she’ll review protecting your rights so that you’re never left out in the cold when it comes to your own work. You won’t need a finished manuscript for this how-to session, where you’ll do some exercises, learn some of the business, and leave with a valuable chunk of insider knowledge.

Mikki has some surprises up her sleeve for everyone, too. No comics writing experience is required, and you’ll receive any information about what to bring to the workshop from Mikki before the workshop.

Video Game Writing

Are video games more your speed? If you love the feel of a controller in your hand then you’ll want to sign up for Ceri Young’s Video Game Writing workshop. Ceri will not only teach you about scripting and pitching a story in the video game world, she’ll review a basic rundown of how games work and how to apply that knowledge to game design. You won’t need a finished manuscript for this how-to session either. Instead, you’ll brainstorm ideas and leave with a framework for how game mechanics would fit that story.

Ceri has presented at GeekGirlCon in the past, to rave reviews. No video game writing experience is required, and you’ll hear about anything needed for your session directly from Ceri before the workshop meets.

Workshop leaders

Who are these amazing group leaders? Check out their bios!

Mikki Kendall is a writer who lives in Chicago. She is an accomplished cultural critic and vibrant Twitter personality. Her comics work includes writing for Swords of Sorrow, Princeless, Paths (a free comic about online harassment — Content Warning for non-graphic depiction of suicide), and a number of original projects. She might try to sell you one of her kids on grocery day.

Patrick aka PDillaTheGreat (aka, Mikki’s assistant during the Comics Writing workshop) has social media accounts that he shuns regularly. He illustrates comics, books, and random buttons for internet shenanigans. Despite claims to the contrary he is actually a figment of our collective imaginations.

Ceri Young has been writing video games for nine years. She currently works at Ubisoft Montreal where she’s worked on titles ranging from “Just Dance 3” to “Prince of Persia” to “Assassin’s Creed.” Most recently, she wrote Evie Frye’s storyline for “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.” She can be found on Twitter as @toughlovemuse.

Special sections change from year to year — there’s no guarantee we’ll be able to run these sections in the future. Don’t miss out!

4 thoughts on “WisCon 40 Writers’ Workshop — Announcing our Comics Writing and Video Game Writing special workshops”

  1. Wow that comics workshop looks awesome. I’m already signed up for the regular fiction workshop, is this happening at the same time? Or is there a way to do both?

    1. Unfortunately, at this time all workshops will be happening at the same time – 9am on Friday morning.

      It makes me want a time turner so I don’t have to choose between them either!

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