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[Commlist] CFP: Writing for Screens Symposium

Sat Mar 02 17:08:36 GMT 2019

Call for Papers - Writing for Screens Symposium June 14th, 2019
University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
School of Creative Technologies & School of Film, Media & Communication

Email contact: (peter.howell /at/ /at/
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 22nd March 2019

Writing for Screens is a one-day symposium for academics and industry professionals to explore the intersection of screenwriting practices and academic research. There is a particular focus on industry partnerships and academic collaborations and also on practice-based research. In today’s burgeoning media landscape, writing for screens reflects on the broad range of opportunities for the storyteller, from TV & film to computer & video games and interactive drama. The Writing for Screens symposium will offer discourse on how the practice of writing for screens has evolved and how, in a post-Bandersnatch landscape, there are more opportunities and collaborative methods to present narratives on screen than ever.

The increasing visibility of interactive, non-linear storytelling outside of its typical home territory of games, alongside an ever-growing demand for high quality writing within contemporary games, presents opportunities for interdisciplinary sharing of theory and practice. The availability of consumer virtual and augmented reality equipment has created a substantial sector within the marketplace hungry for new content and unique experiences that make full use of the new modalities of interacting and experiencing stories that are available. But how innovative are the stories that we are presenting on screen? How do different media forms approach challenges such as the role of the author and the authorial voice versus an audience that is willing, in some cases expecting, to be co-creators of a narrative experience? Is there a finite number of ways to present story in the postmodern vacuum of ideas and adaptations? Does a hyper-local commissioning approach still mean that a truly global worldview eludes our streaming content? Do the statistics about female and BAME writers offer up cause for concern, in seeking to find and present different perspectives of the world? From Fortnite to Bandersnatch, Killing Eve to Roma, this Symposium seeks to explore zeitgeist issues in the screen storytelling landscape.

We encourage academics in all stages of study and industry professionals to attend and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

-	Interactive narratives
-	Writing for games
-	Writing for film and television
-	Gender and storytelling on screen
-	LGBT+ writing for screens
-	Writing for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
-	Writing practices for industry & research
-	Cross-platform, transmedia storytelling
-	ARG: Alternate Reality Games
-	Effect of commercial context on artistic freedom
-	Constraints imposed by different platforms
-	Netflix and the SVOD landscape

If you have any questions regarding the suitability of possible topics and material for inclusion at the Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Peter Howell ((peter.howell /at/ or Jane Steventon ((jane.steventon /at/ Abstracts of 350 words along with a short biographical note, should be emailed to both organisers by 22nd March 2019. Successful proposals will be notified by 18th April 2019. The deadline for complete papers (4000 words) and/or presentations (20 minutes) will be 31st May 2019. Papers and presentations will be published and available for viewing via a Writing for Screens UoP website. Publication will also be sought within subject-related journals following the symposium.

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