Hi! I'm Susan
(I also get called Sarah a lot. You know why!)
What do you do?
I write stories for games.
I work with studio heads, narrative designers,level designers, other writers, animators,and creative directors to get the job done.
I've worked with teams through all stages of production,
from concept to content lock -
developing ideas, creating characters,
writing storylines and narrative designs...
and then putting out fires when everything goes nuts.
I've worked on over 25 titles, from AAA to indie.Some of those titles won big awards and sold a lot of copies.
I also founded the Game Narrative Summit,and I teach a course in game writing atthe University of Texas at Austin.
(Where one of my fellow professors is...Matthew McConaughey?)
I teach master classes and hands-on workshopsfor writers who work in games, TV, film, and theater -creatives who love being a part of this multi-billion-dollar industry.
Where do you do it?
I'm based in Austin, Texas,but I work with clients and students worldwide.
If you've ever been in a place that felt like home,the minute you walked in the door,then you know how I feel about this town.
Cowboy hats + enchiladas + dancehalls = <3
Why do you do what you do?
I coach and consult and collaborate with teams
because this is an incredible new way for us to tell stories.
We've never been able to reach audiences in quite this way before.
Game writing is dramatic writing,just like theater or television.
But what makes it exciting and weird is thatthe writer does not control the story;
the audience does.
Creatives (like you) have only just begun to explorethe storytelling possibilities in this field.
I share everything I've learned about this work
because I believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
For writers - across all industries - games are the new frontier.
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