Free online workshops on interactive writing hosted by South Australia Film Corporation

Prepared to support local writers, this professional development program goes national and global, with guaranteed places for SA writers. Christy Dena brings her expertise and research.

STORY HACK, a South Australian program to help creative industry writers engage with online and transmedia projects, has gone online with free events from 26-30 June. 

They will be run by Christy Dena, a writer and designer whose research focusses on transmedia practice, and who has worked on interactive projects, events, and mentorships around the world.

There’s no better time for creatives to develop their interactive writing skillsets. The local games industry reports having been impacted far less heavily by COVID-19 than the rest of the local screen sector, let alone the broader arts community, and sales of digital games have also spiked. 

An interdisciplinary skillset is an increasingly valuable asset for traditionally linear companies as they become genuinely digital. Besides, these new approaches are a way of exploring the deeper nature of storytelling. 

As Beth Neale, Head of Production and Development at the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) said, ‘While our industry is feeling the impacts of COVID-19, it’s vital that we continue to nurture talent and foster innovation.’

THE PROGRAMME

Kicking off proceedings will be a keynote delivered by Dena on 26 June, followed by a networking session with future collaborators, and two workshops on applying the principles in practice. Story Hack will also offer speed-mentorship sessions from Dena herself to all South Australian participants in the following week.

The workshops aim for accessibility: they will all be Auslan interpreted, and hosted for free via a web conference available to anyone with an internet connection. 

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HOW TO APPLY

While all events are free, the two practical workshops have limited capacity, and potential participants must apply via the Story Hack website by 15 June. Successful applicants will be notified 19 June. Applications are open internationally, and people at any point in their careers are encouraged to apply. There are places secured for South Australian creatives. 

The event will run 26 – 30 June 2020. For more information, to register for the keynote and networking, or apply for the two workshops, please visit STORY HACK’s website

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob