Story Mode 2.0: Exercises for Writing Narrative Video Games

Room 2215C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


This panel will present exercises for writing narrative video games from the introductory to the advanced level. We will cover a variety of topics such as character/avatar creation, plot/structure, and world building, as well as technical tools or AI generation that you can use in the creative writing classroom or in constructing your own narrative-driven video games.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Story_Mode_2.0_Outline_2024_.pdf



Eric Freeze teaches at Wabash College. He has published fiction and essays in periodicals including The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Boston Review. He is author of Dominant Traits, Hemingway on a Bike, Invisible Men, and French Dive. He lives in Indiana and Nice, France.

Julialicia Case is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, where she teaches creative writing and literature, with a particular emphasis on game studies and interactive storytelling. She writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and digital work.

Salvatore Pane is the author of three books and a forthcoming story collection, The Neorealist in Winter. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of St. Thomas.

Julian Whitney is Byron K. Trippet assistant professor of English at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center