WGSA is proud to announce our next international workshop: From London and the depth of cyberspace, we welcome writer/director Andrew S Walsh to JOHANNESBURG and CAPE TOWN!


An award winning video games writer with credits which include the immensely popular Prince of Persia, Need for Speed, Lego City and various Harry Potter episodes, Andy Walsh will share not only his experience as a writer, director, producer and story consultant, but is also a one-stop shop from concept to pre-production; from scripting to voice, performance capture and localisation. In addition, he has credits in film, television, radio, stage plays and animation, offering local writers the full package of learning how to spread their talents from film and TV across the full spectrum of new media.

Venue: To be announced

Date and Time: JOHANNESBURG: 10 to 11 May 2014 and CAPE TOWN: 17 to 18 May 2014 at 8h00 to 17h00

Workshop content:

Writing dialogue and narrative in an interactive medium

This two day workshop will mix talks with workshop exercises which cover a wide range of interactive writing challenges from concept to shipping. Learn to recognise and analyse the different challenges offered by the various platforms, narrative genres and gameplay genres that face writers working in this medium. If you'd like to know the jargon, common pitfalls, career paths, formats, narrative structures, speech design principles and to get the chance to test out these elements, then this is the workshop for you. Organised by an industry veteran with experience on more than 60 game titles as well as film and television, these two days will contain vital information for those new to writing, established writers wishing to examine a new approach to their work and anyone wanting to dig deeper into the impact of interactive narratives.

Andrew S. Walsh is an award-winning writer/director with credits across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and videogames. A man of many job titles he has appeared as writer, director, speech designer, narrative designer, narrative producer, story consultant, script editor, motion capture director, camera director, voice director, story producer, story liner, story editor and once mysteriously as 't - by', something which he can only attribute to being a tea drinking Englishman.

To date he has worked on more than sixty videogames including Fable Legends, Prince of Persia, Harry Potter, Risen, XCom, Dirk Dagger and the Fallen Idol, Medieval II: Total War, SOCOM, LEGO City:Undercover, X3 Reunion, and the new Need for Speed : Most Wanted. His film work includes the English version of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, while in television he has learned a lot about accents having worked on projects involving Yorkshire men in woolly hats (Emmerdale), Geordie school kids (Byker Grove), a bunch of Canadians (Risk) and variety of others too diverse to mention. His latest play, an adaptation of the Wind in the Willows, was performed in London over the summer. He won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Videogames Award for Prince of Persia in 2009 which made him very happy. He hopes to continue doing things like this because he appears to be good at them.

He is currently working as Lead Writer at Lionhead Studios, and is developing projects for the stage and screen for Sixteenfeet.co.uk . In any spare time he is the Treasurer of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. Bookings essential admin@writersguildsa.org. Limited space available - so BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW!!!!

Pay before 31 December 2013 and qualify for the EARLY PAYMENT special.

Standard price for members R3500
Standard price for non-members R5000
Early payment (before 31 December): members R2800
Early payment (before 31 December): non-members R4000
Bulk sales - 5 or more: Individuals and Corporate - all attendees to become members R2500
Bulk sales - 10 or more: Corporate - all attendees not members  R3000

Kind Regards

Thea Aboud

Writers' Guild of South Africa

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