Check out our past Storysmash authors masterclasses


If you were unable to make it to our Masterclass events, we do have some terrific interviews with our guests on our YouTube channel posted below.

Storysmash launch event with Charlie Higson – Sat 24 June 2017

Charlie brought the Zombies to Nottingham Central Library with his thought-provoking insights and advice on storytelling. Charlie talked about his own experiences in the world of literature and created a Zombie interactive creative writing session!

‘I enjoyed getting to know Charlie’s writing process.’

                                      ‘I learnt a lot. One of the things I learnt was that twine is a good app to write stories on.’

[I] ‘enjoyed everything about it! Funny, entertaining and inspiring!’

Videogame Writing with Rob Yescombe – Sat 15 July 2017

What is a Narrative Director? Rob Yescombe, author of Rime, Farpoint and The Invisible Hours, told all in this inspiring talk as he explored the process of building and creating gameplay narrative.

‘Game development is art.’

good ingredients to game structure

Careers in Gaming with Gabrielle Kent – Sat 29 July 2017

What does it take to work in the games industry? Game Design Lecturer, Gabrielle Kent, gave an insightful talk on the range of different roles available and what skills you need to develop to work in the industry.

understanding the games industry and the recruitment method

what qualifications we needed

Writing Game Play with Ian Livingstone – Sat 9 September 2017

A master of fantasy writing and a titan of the games industry, Ian Livingstone fired up the imagination as he talked about the challenges of working in the games industry and how he writes specifically for games and game books. Ian also provided plenty of advice and tips on how aspiring writers can begin thinking about their own future of game writing.

Developing Characters with Dean Wilkinson – Saturday 18 November 2017

Dean shared his sharp wit and extensive experience in developing characters for stories and games.  Dean also illustrated the effectiveness of involving others in their writing process.