Writing for video games

Course Dates: 02/06/20 - 07/07/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: International House

This industry-led course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing for the video game genre.


What is the course about?

Guided by an industry expert, students will learn about the various elements writers must consider when creating a saleable narrative for the video game genre. Students will have the opportunity to create their own video game character and explore the facets of the hero's journey.

What will we cover?

- Audience in the video game genre.
- Representation in the video game genre.
- Video game formats to explore.
- Creating a saleable character.
- The hero's journey in the video game genre.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand how audience and representation affect the writing of a video game story.
- Understand the various video game formats.
- Create a character and plot a hero's journey for them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all students.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students will be taught through a mix of group work, the sharing of multi-media resources containing insider information, class discussion, writing prompts and formal instruction from the tutor.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build offer a range of creative writing courses at differing levels. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: HW441

Tue, eve, 02 Jun - 07 Jul '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2717

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.


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