FAQS

STORYTELLING FOR GAMES WORKSHOP

Who is the program for? Am I eligible to apply?
This lab is aimed at writers or games enthusiasts/developers wanting to create work for narrative games who do not yet have professionally produced writing credits in games. You can be a writer with professionally produced credits in other areas, such as film, TV and online. You can also be someone already working in the games industry who doesn't yet have experience in narrative development. You need to be a Victorian resident for at least the last six months, be over the age of 18 and not be a full-time student.

When will applications open?
Applications are open until midnight Thursday, 31 May 2018.

What are the key dates?

  • Application deadline:  Midnight, 31 May 2018
  • Participants notified by:  15 June 2018
  • Two-day workshop:  23 - 24 June 2018

What if I don't play games?
Not a problem! That's what the lab is for; we will introduce writers from various backgrounds to the games writing world. All you need is a genuine interest in finding out more about interactive storytelling.

How is games writing different from other screenwriting?
In lots of ways! For instance, the player has agency - s/he can choose whether or not to do certain things and how these things are done. Learning how to tell stories that are both narratively satisfying and fun to play is a challenge. Come and find out more about it.

How many writers are chosen to participate in the Lab?
20-30 participants will be selected for the program. 

What is the selection process?
Applications will go through a two-stage process. After initial assessment, a shortlist will be created. If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to provide some additional materials, including a sample of your writing and a CV.

What are you looking for? How can I make my application competitive?
We're looking for talented writers and games industry enthusiasts/professionals who want to learn about interactive writing craft. We want people who are passionate about telling stories on screen, and who have ambitious, surprising ideas. 

Why is there an application fee?
The application fee goes to basic administrative costs for processing and assessing applications.

Why is there a participant fee?
In order to defray some basic costs of the program, such as venue hire, catering and instructor fees, we need to charge a modest tuition fee of $165 plus GST.

What happens if I can't afford the participant fee?

We have tried to keep the application and participant fees modest to ensure the program is open to everyone who might wish to apply. However, if you are experiencing financial hardship, we can work with you on a payment plan or other relief. Please contact us to discuss this further.

STORYTELLING FOR VR WORKSHOP

Who is the program for? Am I eligible to apply?
This lab is aimed at writers, filmmakers and artists wanting to create work for virtual reality who do not yet have professionally produced works in this area. You need to be a Victorian resident for at least the last six months, be over the age of 18 and not be a full-time student.

What is the selection process?
Applications will go through a two-stage process. After initial assessment, a shortlist will be created. If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to provide some additional materials such as some key images.

What are you looking for? How can I make my application competitive?
Basically, we're looking for talented writers, artists and filmmakers with strong ideas. We want people who are passionate about telling stories in virtual reality and who have bold, surprising ideas. Head over to our resources page for some tips on creating, planning and writing your concept.

Who will the assessors be?
In addition to the Plot Twist program staff, we will engage appropriate industry assessors as needed. Rest assured, everyone who looks at your work will be an experienced professional.

If my application is not successful, will I be able to get feedback?
Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback.

What do you mean by concept?
A concept is the basic idea behind your narrative VR project, this would include the story world, characters, type of audience experience and some idea of the interactive components of the piece. Head over to our resources page for some tips on creating, planning and writing your concept.

When will applications close?
The deadline for applications is midnight 26 April 2018.

What are the key dates?

  • Application deadline:  Midnight, 5 May 2018
  • Additional materials due (if required):  8 May 2018
  • Participants notified: 15 May, 2018
  • Workshop:  Saturday, 26 May 2018

Why is there an application fee?
The application fee goes to basic administrative costs for processing and assessing applications.

Why is there a participant fee?
In order to defray some basic costs of the program, such as venue hire, equipment hire, catering and instructor fees, we need to charge a modest tuition fee of $165 plus GST.

What happens if I can't afford the participant fee?

We have tried to keep the application and participant fees modest to ensure the program is open to everyone who might wish to apply. However, if you are experiencing financial hardship, we can work with you on a payment plan or other relief. Please contact us to discuss this further.

TV and Online Lab

Who is the program for? Am I eligible to apply?
This Lab is aimed at writers wanting to create work for television and online series who do not yet have professionally produced credits. You need to be a Victorian resident for at least the last six months, be over the age of 18 and not be a full-time student.

I've written a web series and it's on my YouTube channel, does this mean I'm not eligible?
This Lab is targeting early-career writers so if you have professionally produced credits then you are not eligible to apply. But if you have made something on your own, without financial assistance from a government funding body, broadcaster or online content provider, you are still eligible. 

What are the key dates?
Application deadline:  Midnight, 18 January 2018
Shortlist notified:  29 January 2018

Additional materials due:  1 February 2018
Stage One of Lab:  15 - 17 February 2018
Stage Two of Lab:  3 - 4 March 2018
Stage Three Industry Pitch Session:  Evening, 7 May 2018

How many writers are chosen to participate in the Lab?
8-10 writers will be selected for the program. Unfortunately we cannot take more due to the nature of these kinds of workshops.

What is the selection process?
Applications will go through a two-stage process. After initial assessment, a shortlist will be created. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to provide some additional materials, including a five-page screenwriting sample.

What are you looking for? How can I make my application competitive?
Basically, we're looking for talented, early-career writers with strong ideas. We want people who are passionate about telling stories on the small screen and who have bold, surprising ideas. Head over to our resources page for some tips on creating, planning and writing your concept.

Who will the assessors be?
In addition to the Plot Twist program staff, we will engage appropriate industry assessors as needed. Rest assured, everyone who looks at your work will be an experienced professional.

If my application is not successful, will I be able to get feedback?
Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback.

What do you mean by concept?
A concept is the basic idea behind your TV or online series. More than just a setting or a character, your concept should include the main conflict, characters and emotional arcs of the series. Head over to our resources page for some tips on creating, planning and writing your concept.

What happens during the TV and Online Lab?
The lab is a three-stage program. Take a look at the TV and Online page for more detail on the program.

Who will be involved as consultants for the Lab?
In addition to our team, we will also engage industry professionals with knowledge and expertise in script development and/or television and webseries production.

Why is there an application fee?
The application fee goes to basic administrative costs for processing and assessing applications.

Why is there a participant fee?
In order to defray some basic costs of the program, such as venue hire, catering and instructor fees, we need to charge a modest tuition fee.

What happens if I can't afford the participant fee?

We have tried to keep the application and participant fees modest to ensure the program is open to everyone who might wish to apply. However, if you are experiencing financial hardship, we can work with you on a payment plan or other relief. Please contact us to discuss this further.