IN HONOUR OF ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY, THE COGECO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FUND and the WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA PRESENT:

The Cogeco Interactive Dramatic Writing Workshop:
An exploration of writing for new media

Presented by the Writers Guild of Canada
in partnership with the Cogeco Program Development Fund

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2002, 9a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: The Centre for Creative Communications
Centennial College,
951 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
Cost:

WGC members $30/ Non-members $50



Interactive Dramatic Writing
Translation: A new way to tell a good story.

Whether you're writing for TV, film, CD-roms, Web sites, video games or beyond, it always comes down to a good story and strong characters.

Specifically designed for experienced screenwriters, this one-day session will introduce you to the explosive world of new media and dramatic interactive entertainment.

What is interactive dramatic writing? What are the opportunities for writers in new media? How can you be a part of it?

We'll look at making Web sites that work - creating an interactive online presence for a TV series that provides opportunities for storytelling and characters development. We'll also talk about the challenges of writing an interactive feature film where the viewer gets to choose the plot.

We'll show you how to get start telling good stories in new ways.

Program

8:15 a.m. Registration & Coffee

9:00 a.m. Introduction to Dramatic Interactive Writing

"Interactive writing" is a small phrase that captures an ever-expanding world – what is it, how do you do it, and where is it heading?

Guests:
Moderator: Wayne MacPhail, Web Development Coordinator, Centennial College
Bob Carney, Writer, Due South, Cold Squad
Steven JP Comeau, President & Co-Founder, Collideascope
Mike Kasprow, Creative Director, Trapeze Media Inc.

11:00 a.m. Case Study: Degrassi - The Next Generation and degrassi.tv:
Going beyond the series: Writing dramatic online content to support and complement a dramatic series

Moderator: Wayne MacPhail, Web Development Coordinator for Centennial College

Guests:
Brendon Yorke, Writer, degrassi.tv
Story Editor, Degrassi: The Next Generation
Lesley Grant, Production Executive, CTV Dramatic Programming, CTV

12:30 p.m. Luncheon

Keynote speaker: Dr. Andrew Glassner, Writer-Director, Coyote Wind Studios, LLC

Dr. Andrew Glassner is a Seattle-based, writer-director, and a consultant in story structure, interactive fiction, and computer graphics. Dr. Glassner will talk about some of the challenges of interactive storytelling and offer some solutions on how to create interactive stories that are as compelling as the ones found in traditional films and television.

2:00-3:30 p.m. Case study: Writing an Interactive Movie
The three-point plot structure gets thicker…How to write a story that allows the viewer to choose the plot.

Guests:
Simon Racioppa & Richard Elliott,
Writers, Dungeons & Dragons: Scourge of Worlds DVD

3:30-5:00 p.m. Giving it a shot: Developing creative concepts for the online companion project to a broadcast drama

It's your turn – participants will have a chance to create a concept and develop an outline and then get constructive feedback.

Presented by:
Wayne MacPhail, Web Development Coordinator for Centennial College


Program and guests subject to change without notice
Space is limited, register early to guarantee a spot!

Contact:
Joanne Deer
Email: j.deer@wgc.ca
Phone: 416-979-7907 x 5179

For INFO AND REGISTRATION:
www.wgc.ca/events/cogeco_program.html