23 Oct WordPlay 2017 Schedule and Speakers Announced!

Sat. Nov. 18th, 2017, 12-5pm
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St. (Bloor-Yonge subway)

Clear your calendars and dig out that library card (although you don’t need one to attend WordPlay :P), because we are back in Toronto this year!! Last year, we were hosted at the British Library in London, England  and we had a blast. We are just about a month away from this year’s WordPlay festivities and we are way too excited for our own good to announce our lineup of speakers and workshop instructors.

Some program highlights: Chris Klimas, creator of the popular Twine interactive fiction tool; four writers from the world of AAA talk about the indie games that inspire them; Leah Hoyer from Telltale Games trains your brain for maximum narrative design power; discover experimental parser-based work and hypertext fiction with Katherine Morayati and Jenny Goldstick; and much, much more!

Click here for the full WordPlay 2017 program and schedule!


Thanks to Jaden Taylor for designing WordPlay 2017’s spiffy new illustration, and a huge thanks to Talespinners and Bloom Digital Media for contributing funds to help make the festival a reality. Shout-out to Cococucumber for donating game keys of their game Planet of the Eyes as draw prizes for promoting WordPlay.

Wait, wait, wait draw prizes??!!? Yes, we did indeed say draw prizes. Get a chance to win one of five Steam keys for Planet of the Eyes by Tweeting us the best eyeball-related pun you can think of, along with the hashtag #WordPlay2017 to @HandEyeSocietyRules: we will only take one hashtag per account in our draw. The winners will be announced on the day of the festival. If you can’t make it to receive a physical copy, then we will e-mail your code to you.

Stay tuned for the full showcase line-up, and other news coming soon!

About WordPlay

WordPlay is our free one-day festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Now in our fifth year, we will once again host a curated game showcase, talks by creators about their craft, and ways for the public to try their hand at making games.

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