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The Epic Game Writers Panel

International Game Developers Association Los Angeles

Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

The Epic Game Writers Panel

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The Epic Game Writers Panel

Please come and learn what it takes to be a game writer. This panel discussion covers how to become a game writer, the game writing process, and the best practices to improve your narrative and gameplay writing skills. The panelists will share their answers about a myriad of topics from writing inspirations and finding muses to the nitty-gritty of working with a game development team.

Our Panelists

Shanon Ingles, Writer and Narrative Designer at Ghost Story Games (formerly Irrational) and Narrative Director at Martian Brothel and Midboss

  • Shanon is an award-winning game writer and narrative designer best known for her work on Batman: A Telltale Series. She's currently moonlighting as a writer for Ken Levine's new studio Ghost Story Games (formerly Irrational)  -- and serving as the Narrative Director for Midboss. Both projects are unannounced, so don’t ask her about them:) Her game writing credits include: Tales from the Borderlands, Minecraft: Story Mode, Batman: A Telltale Series, Batman: The Enemy Within, The Walking Dead: The Final Season, as well as numerous mobile games for Electronic Arts. When Shanon’s not writing her fingers down to the bones, she’s probably napping.


Laura Jacqmin, Writer-Supervising Producer at EPIX on Get Shorty

  • Laura Jacqmin is a writer for television, games, and the live theatre. She’s currently a Writer-Supervising Producer on Get Shorty (EPIX), starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano. Previous TV credits include Grace and Frankie (Netflix) and Lucky 7 (ABC). She’s currently working on a new unannounced game project for FoxNext. Previous game credits include Minecraft: Story Mode and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, as well as story work for Batman: The Telltale Series, all with Telltale Games. Her plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ars Nova, and many more. Proud WGA member and co-founder of The Kilroys, a Los Angeles-based gang of playwrights and producers performing radical actions towards the goal of gender parity in the American theatre.


Jon Paquette, Lead Writer at Insomniac Games on Spider-Man PS4

  • Jon Paquette is the Lead Writer on the upcoming PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man, and his previous game was Sunset Overdrive. He has worked on franchises such as Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Medal of Honor. He’s been making games since the late 90’s, and has worked for DreamWorks Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Insomniac Games. He loves playing single-player games, drinking good coffee, and receiving foot massages.


Desirée Proctor, Writer at Skybound Entertainments on Walking Dead VR

  • Desirée Proctor is a television, game, and comics writer whose credits include MTV’s Happyland, AwesomenessTV’s Betch: A Sketch Show, Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Michonne and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. She’s currently writing the forthcoming Skydance Interactive VR experience The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners and a few unannounced projects at Endless Entertainment. When she’s not writing about walkers, Desirée enjoys lounging with her two fat cats.


Matt Sophos, Narrative Director at Santa Monica Studio on God of War

  • Matt Sophos is the Writer/Narrative Director at Santa Monica Studio, having recently shipped the critically acclaimed continuation of the God of War saga.  He’s having a hard time believing he started in this industry almost 20 years ago as an artist/designer at Ion Storm Dallas on the much loved but little played, Anachronox.  That was followed by stints at several companies over the years—level designer at EA on several Medal of Honor games, Lead Designer at Climax, Creative Lead at Delirious Games, Design Director at 7 Studios, and Writer/Creative Director for Lost Planet 3 at Spark. Currently he’s doing his best to not take parenting tips from Kratos as he raises his own son with his incredibly patient wife of 21 years.


Please RSVP here. Then, tell a friend! This will be a night to remember.


Parking Info

Everyone attending the event can use the building's underground parking lot located off Blackburn Street.

Host Organizations

International Game Developers Association

  • The International Game Developers Association is an independent, non-profit association established by game developers to foster the creation of a worldwide game development community. The IGDA's mission is to build a community of game developers which leverages the expertise of our members for the betterment of the industry and the development of the art form.

Young Storytellers

  • Young Storytellers, formerly the Young Storytellers Foundation, is an arts education non-profit operating primarily in Los Angeles. Young Storytellers targets Title 1 schools; these are schools and school districts with the highest concentrations of poverty in which academic performance tends to be low and the obstacles to raising performance are the greatest. The program improves writing, literacy, and self-confidence.

Curtis Baxter, Program Manager at Young Storytellers and Writer

  • Curtis Baxter is the Program Manager at Young Storytellers. He manages the program relationships between Young Storytellers and corporate partners such as Netflix, HBO, and Warner Bros. He received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he first volunteered for Young Storytellers. In addition to working with Young Storytellers, Curtis is a writer for television and games. Some of his credits include Pretty Little Liars, America’s Next Top Model, and the upcoming game 8th Deadly Sin. Currently, he's writing an episode for Cartoon Network's BEN 10 and building his own gaming company.


About the Location

Writers Guild Foundation 

  • Founded in 1966, the Writers Guild Foundation is dedicated to promoting and preserving the craft of writing for the screen. Our mission is to engage and inspire emerging writers and to preserve the rich history of writing in Hollywood for generations to come. Through our library and archive, our outreach programs and our public events, we strive to educate and inspire new voices for the screen and to promote and preserve excellence in the art of creative writing and the work of writers.
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Writers Guild Foundation
7000 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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International Game Developers Association Los Angeles

The International Game Developers Association is an independent, non-profit association established by game developers to foster the creation of a worldwide game development community. 

The IGDA's mission is to build a community of game developers which leverages the expertise of our members for the betterment of the industry and the development of the art form. 

This group was created to allow members throughout Southern California to keep in touch, get updates about upcoming events and to network with other developers and professionals active in the gaming industry. 

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