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Tuesday, June 10 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
AM2: Critical World Building for Creative Writing, Literature and History Courses

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Critical World Building for Creative Writing, Literature and History Courses
Trent Hergenrader

Students often need help understanding how competing social, economic, and political forces influence people’s ideas and affect their decision-making. In the process of critical world building, students collaboratively build a world where they must quantify these aspects and write the world’s metanarrative, including its demographic data and social metrics such as gender equality, race relations, and wealth distribution. Participants in this workshop will complete a condensed version of a related classroom project based on principles of role-playing games (RPGs). Hands-on activities will involve using a wiki to collaboratively create a world and then populating a catalog with items, locations, and characters that exist in that world which is similar to fan-produced wikis for popular videogame series like Fallout or Elder Scrolls.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer.

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Trent Hergenrader

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
My primary area of research is using games and gaming in English courses, and more specifically using role-playing games to teach fiction writing. I am an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Old Madison (West)

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