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Game Narrative Summit: Creating Diverse Characters: Writing What you Know and Don't

Christal Rose Hazelton  (Writer, Respawn Entertainment)

Jaclyn Seto  (Writer, Respawn Entertainment)

Location: Room 2016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Narrative

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

This lecture looks at character story and representation as a spectrum with two ends: writing a storyline that directly addresses an aspect of a character's identity and having a character who merely is an identity, and how to navigate writing for both as well as the world they inhabit. Examples are provided and terms are defined. The lecture also covers different methods of support (consultants, reader groups, etc.) one can look to in order to ensure representation is done respectfully and authentically, and the successes and pain-points of writing to one's own identity. There is a question/answer portion.


Attendees will be able to understand the difference between writing your identity and not writing your identity, and learn how to find support for saliency. They will learn how to find opportunities that enhance the authenticity of diverse characters.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is those who are interested in creating diverse characters and/or those wishing to gain more internal or external team support for their work. There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary, all relevant words will be defined.

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