Toiya Kristen Finley

Game Designer, Narrative Designer, Game Writer, and Editor for Schnoodle Media, LLC

Nashville native Toiya Kristen Finley is a writer and editor. She holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. With nearly 70 published works in fiction, nonfiction, comics/manga, and games, she has over 20 years of experience. In 2011, she co-founded the Game Writing Tutorial at GDC Online with Tobias Heussner and served as an instructor in 2011 and 2012.

In videogames, she has worked as a game designer, narrative designer, game writer, and editor (or some combination of the four) on several indie, social, and mobile games for children and general audiences (a lot of them unreleased), including Academagia: The Making of Mages (Black Chicken Studios), Fat Chicken (Relevant Games), Peregrin (Domino Digital Limited), and Verdant Skies (Howling Moon Software). Current projects include game design and narrative design for Digital Myths/ConductXR, an XR and VR start-up. She is currently a member of the IGDA Game Writing Special Interest Group’s Executive Board and teaches game writing and narrative design for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She co-authored The Game Narrative Toolbox (Focal Press) with Jennifer Brandes Hepler, Ann Lemay, and Tobias Heussner. Narrative Tactics for Mobile and Social Games: Pocket-Sized Storytelling (CRC Press) will be out in August 2018.

Summit Description:

TBD – Branching Narratives

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