Ahead: GeekGirlCon 2012

I’ll be speaking on a panel at GeekGirlCon in Seattle, taking place from 11- 12 August:

Saturday, 11 August 2012, 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM 

“Go Make Me A Sandwich”: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Online and Fan Spaces – RM301/302

How many times have you read “get back in the kitchen” or “go make me a sandwich” in comments on a YouTube video starring or made by women? Or have you experienced the frustrations of simply being female on Xbox LIVE? Panelists discuss obstacles to women’s participation in online spaces, illustrate places of resistance, and provide tips to combat and improve gender dynamics online.

Presented by Anita Sarkeesian, Maile Martinez, Lila Kitaeff, Regina Buenaobra, Grace (gtz), Colette Vogele

I’ve also put together a game writing workshop, which I’ll be introducing, starring three members of ArenaNet staff:

Saturday, 11 August 2012, 11:00AM – 12:00PM 

Workshop: Tricks of the Trade: Writing in Guild Wars 2 – Room LL2

In this workshop, veteran game industry professionals from ArenaNet will discuss how to design good characters and stories for video games. Join lore and continuity designer Ree Soesbee, writer Angel Leigh McCoy, and game designer Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda as they explore what makes characters interesting, how to populate a world with diverse and engaging NPCs, how to avoid stereotypes and clichés, the fundamentals of story design, and other aspects of writing in video games. They will use their experience creating the world of the upcoming massively-multiplayer role-playing game Guild Wars 2 to help illustrate their points. If you’re interesting in discovering what it’s like to be a writer or content designer at an MMORPG studio or would like to hear more about writing games at ArenaNet, this workshop is for you!

GeekGirlCon’s mission:

GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

I’m looking forward to the second GeekGirlCon. I’m excited about speaking on the same panel as Anita, who I met at GeekGirlCon last year.