Introduction to computer game writing


This online CPD will introduce you to the core methods of writing for computer games. Primarily, this will incorporate approaches to narrative design and player engagement, and introduce techniques to develop and refine worldbuilding, character development and story structure through the process of game development. In addition, the course will examine important industry skills for narrative designers, such as pitch presentation, publisher interaction and approaches to funding opportunities.

What topics will you cover?

  • Terms of gameplay and game design
  • Industry standards and terminology
  • Visual storytelling and sound design
  • Alternative and unconventional approaches taken towards game design
  • Theories of ‘replayability’
  • Developing a game using software components
  • Industry standards and the Game Design Document
  • Working in teams on content creation
  • Online sharing of material (through to engage with the development and gaming community

Who is this course for?

This CPD is intended for anyone seeking to develop their writing skills to lead or support game development and familiarise themselves with the industry-level expectations of game designers with regards to narrative design. No prior skills are required though we expect applicants will have an interest in creative writing or game production.

Who teaches the course?

Assistant Professor David Stevenson – David holds a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the co-founder, and game and narrative designer of the company Pigs in Blankets.

How is the course delivered?

This CPD will be delivered online over two semesters i.e. two 11-week blocks (Sept-Dec and Jan-April). It will involve weekly attendance at a two-hour live webinar (daytime). Participants will be writing and completing world-building assignments throughout the duration of the CPD. Participants can expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week on this self-directed study.

2023/24 academic year

FS7042 Writing for Games 1 Michaelmas To be confirmed
FS7044 Writing for Games 2 Hilary To be confirmed

Additional participant information

For the best online experience, we recommend the use of Chrome as your default browser, along with a USB (or other) headset with built in microphone. Each webinar will last two hours.

Certificate of completion

A Certificate of Completion will be provided when participants have completed all of the assignments.


Course Fees

€1,500 (for two semesters)


Start date

Week commencing 12th September 2023

End date

Week commencing 11th April 2024

Registration closing date

Friday 9th September 2023

How do I register and pay for the course?

You can register for the course by clicking on the PayPal link below. The course fee of €1,500 includes access to the course materials via Blackboard (Trinity’s Virtual Learning Environment) for the duration of the course and will provide a Certificate of Completion when all assignments have been completed. Please note that participation in this CPD course does not include access to the Trinity Library or any other student services (including a student identity card). Closing date for registration is Friday 9th September.


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