Writing for Video Games Course

Price: NZ$ 1295 / £ 695 / R 9495


Writing for Video Games Course

Harness your passion for gaming and storytelling

Learn how to build immersive and interactive gaming worlds

The Writing for Video Games Course will equip you with all the tools you need to produce a professional script pitch. If you’re passionate about gaming and have your own immersive stories to tell –  this is the course for you!

Explore short-form and small screen storytelling with industry expert Paul Dunn. With his personalised feedback, you can transform your big idea into a marketable, ready-to-pitch digital media offering. 

This Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from a professional writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Become a fiction engineer on our Writing for Video Games Course

Master game mechanics and create narrative assets

The gaming and interactive media industries generate more than $15 billion annually in the US alone. 

Quality storytelling is key to the industry’s success. The Writing for Video Games Course will turn you into a fiction engineer who can build a compelling story step by step, create believable video game characters, introduce and maintain tension, and develop an immersive gaming world that keeps players hooked.

Find out how to use game mechanics as the backbone of your story. Create clear turning points, transform exposition into ammunition, build in hooks, cliffhangers and emotional roller coasters.

This ten-module course teaches you how to write dialogue, concept documents, in-game text and the host of other narrative assets you’ll find in video games.

Working at your own pace, you’ll complete and polish one project brief in six to 12 months, ready to pitch to a producer of your choice.



'Great experience! Great pacing, clear instructions, fantastic feedback. Definitely recommended. '

Roxane Dalinger, Writing for Video Games Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST/VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of twelve months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Our Graduate Students' Successes

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Writing for Video games course tutor Paul Dunn at the Writers College

Tutor for this course

Paul Dunn

Paul Dunn has a BA in Media Studies from Massey University and is a freelance narrative designer in Auckland, New Zealand. He tutors the Writing for Video Games Course.

Paul is passionate about video games and their narrative potential. He’s been hooked on exploring vast, fantastic gaming worlds since the very first time he watched his Commodore 64 load Elite from a cassette tape. While the hardware has changed, his love of these immersive and interactive stories hasn’t waned.

Paul’s writing background is both diverse and extensive. He has over a decade of experience working in the communications industry. At one point or another, he has had a hand in creating dynamic video and digital media for non-profits, crafting online articles and blogs, copy-editing novels, and producing captivating marketing content for software companies. 

He maintains a deep appreciation for how our digital culture creates and shapes narratives, and sees the interactive nature of games as an exciting evolution in storytelling.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Jigsaw Storytelling

  • Defining ‘Jigsaw Storytelling’
  • A brief overview of tools gamers use to tell their stories
  • What makes video game narration unique from other media?

Module 2

Boiling It Down

  • Consider the nature and limitations of short-form and small screen storytelling 
  • How big ideas can be tailored into effective and doable digital media stories


Module 3

Gone in 60 Seconds

  • You’ve got the attention of your audience for one minute. How do you make those 60 seconds count?
  • Clear turning points
  • Transform exposition into ammunition
  • Hooks and cliffhangers
  • Emotional roller coasters


Module 4

NPCs Are Real People Too!

  • Learn how to develop effective video game characters
  • Characterisation
  • Dialogue
  • Information delivery


Module 5

The Story Glyph
  • Create narrative assets within your game world that can be used to inform and instruct your player 
  • Learn to build your story piece by piece
  • Tomes
  • Flavour text
  • Visual features


Module 6

World-Building: Part 1

  • Build worlds in which players can explore and lose themselves
  • Create worlds rich in context, logic, meaning, history and wonder
  • Place names
  • Meanings
  • Greater contexts
  • Chronologies
  • Contemporary situations


Module 7

World-Building: Part 2

  • Learn the four key steps to create MOBs (Monsters or Beasts)
  • Populate your world with MOBs to act as antagonists to your protagonist


Module 8

Horns of the Dilemma

  • Learn how to design dilemmas that give your players something to think about.


Module 9

Storytelling Through Game Mechanics

  • Learn how game mechanics can be tailored to provide the narrative backbone of your video game.


Module 10

Putting It All Together

  • Take all the knowledge you’ve gained so far and compile a project brief that will impress game producers.


What Our Students Say

Stephanie ToerienWriting For Video Games Course
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I was very fortunate and happy to be able to complete this course. I’ve learnt so much about the industry and, most of all, I’ve learnt how to improve my future writing projects. Paul Dunn was an excellent tutor and a great help for all the questions I had regarding the course content, no matter how simple and irrelevant I deemed my questions to be. He always promptly responded to my questions and gave me advice and pointers on how to improve my future work. A wonderful college to improve and shape your writing skills.
Ashley Susan Nicole FairfootWriting For Video Games Course
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The course was very informative – fascinating even – and I felt as though a lot of uncertainties in my writing finally made sense. My appreciation for games and even other mediums of storytelling has increased as well, making them far more enjoyable. I can, with confidence, say that this course was excellent and I recommend it to anyone interested in the industry! Paul was superb throughout! His feedback and guidance on the assignments and the various game elements and narratives was incredibly helpful. In fact, while the materials on the course were great, I can honestly say that thanks to Paul I came away with so much more. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he is one of the best tutors I’ve had! I’m truly grateful to have had his guidance on this course and if we ever end up on the same writing team for a game someday I’d be overjoyed! A fantastic and informative experience! I learnt so much and enjoyed every bit of it so much so that I was sad when my course came to an end. It was the kind of experience I’d be happy to reload and relive!
Rachel ColliganWriting For Video Games Course
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The Writers College was exactly what I'd been looking for. It has helped better my understanding of the genre of writing I had an interest in and has helped solidify my thoughts on working towards a career in creative writing. Paul has been an excellent tutor during the course and has been both punctual in his replies and helpful with his advice. He was also a great help in suggesting how to branch into the gaming community after the course was completed.
Rosemary LokhorstWriting for Video Games Course
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Great course for people who want to get into the field, or those who already are but could use a little structure. Paul was excellent: patient in answering questions, great at explaining things and very responsive.
Cody ReadingerWriting for Video Games Course
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This course was definitely worth the time; it showed me the big picture of becoming a story writer. Edwin was very professional tutor and pushed me to try my best. I’m really glad I decided to choose The Writers College to enrich my inner creativity. My overall experience was remarkable and gratifying.
Mathew AndersonWriting for Video Games Course
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I received thorough and practical experience for writing for Video Games. My tutor was very positive and always happy to help; the feedback and critique was really useful. Enjoyable, guided creativity with subject experts rarely found in NZ available for meaningful instruction.

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Questions? We've Got Answers

You will receive ten modules with writing assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to complete one or two writing exercises. In total, the course includes 10 assignments of varying length and complexity, all of which count towards your final result. 

Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

Students will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must complete all 10 writing assignments
  • The course must be completed within 12 months of registration
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

The speed at which you work is entirely up to you.

Reading through the module should take 30 to 60 minutes. Each task should take up to 2 hours to complete. Polishing a draft of a script could take between 2 and 8 hours.

You have 12 months to complete the course (and an extra 21 days if your course runs over the Christmas and New Year break).

You are welcome to finish the course sooner if you want.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

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