The central core of my career has always been as a writer, with the speaking, teaching and consulting work I do being an outgrowth of the writing. Though I specialize in interactive digital media projects, I’ve written for practically every other medium that exists, including books, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and film. Here’s a complete list of my writing credits. I write both on a “for hire” basis and on a “spec” basis (meaning I initiate and develop my own projects and then market them).
I do talks, seminars and keynote presentations on a wide variety of subjects relating to digital storytelling, screenwriting, and writing in general. Here’s a list of some of my presentation topics.
Internationally, I have been a co-presenter (with Dr. Linda Seger) at the African Broadcasting Network’s Screenwriting Lab in Johannesburg and at a special gathering of Capetown screenwriters. I was also a speaker at the Internet/Digital Television Summit in Paris, and I once again shared the podium with Dr. Seger at the “realtimefilmfestival” (for digital arts and cinematography) in Rome, Italy.
On the national front, I generally do at least one presentation a month, speaking at a wide variety of venues. They include digital media events, Hollywood organizations, writers’ conferences, film festivals, and private organizations. Here’s a list of my recent appearances.
Among the highlights of my speaking experiences was the keynote address I gave for a month-long series of events organized by the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. My talk, which included live demos, was called “Interactive Media: Creative Expression in the 21st Century.” Another highlight was giving a special presentation on interactive media to the New Mexico Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries. I’ve also been a speaker at the prestigious Game Developers’ Conference in California, where I gave my often quoted "Kisses of Death" speech on children’s interactive media, which also appeared in the conference proceedings publication and was then featured on the Game Developer website, Gamasutra. And I’ve been a three-time presenter at The Maui Writers Conference.
My university-level teaching work includes experiences in teaching and co-teaching my own courses and also serving as a guest lecturer at numerous universities.
I’m currently co-teaching a course in video game development for the University of New Mexico (UNM) with two other faculty members. The course, which is for seniors and graduate students, is being offered through the departments of computer science and electrical engineering. I’ve also taught my own courses on digital storytelling for UNM, which have been offered through the departments of theatre and dance and media arts.
As a guest lecturer, I have taught classes on new media and writing at all the major colleges and universities in the Southern California region, including the University of Southern California (USC), Loyola Marymount College, The University of California at Irvine (UCI), the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), California State University at Northridge, and the American Film Institute.
I’m also about to embark on a week’s guest teaching stint (a “virtual” teaching job, via the Internet) at DeMontfort University in the UK. My class is part of the university’s cutting edge program in Creative Writing and New Media.
My formal initiation into teaching began in 1996, when I was invited to teach a course on New Media at UCLA’s internationally renowned Writers Program.
I designed and taught my first course with Betsy James. Our ten week course was called "Elements of Multimedia Design for Children: Writing the Winning Concept Document." The course was a great success with the students, several of whom went on to professional careers in new media. Encouraged by their feedback, I decided I was ready to try teaching solo. The following year, I retooled the course as an intensive two-day workshop, retitling it "Elements of Multimedia Design for Children: Creating Great Interactive Projects."
In addition, I have also developed my own seminars and workshops, which are available to educational and professional institutions and associations.
My teaching work has received excellent endorsements both from faculty members and from students.
I am often hired to give strategic assistance, general guidance, and feedback on content and design on new media projects, serving in somewhat of a different capacity than as a writer. My consulting clients have included the video game company, Digital Extremes, the British multi-platform children’s series, Magic Wanda Media, the Danish multi-platform project E-DAZE, the high tech corporation, Acacia Research http://www.acaciaresearch.com/, the start up media firm Sushi Bandit (MLH Consulting), and UCLA’s international web project, "Global Window", where I also served as head writer for its first website, Global Window: Japan.
As an outgrowth of my teaching work, I have also been asked by fellow writers to serve as a coach-consultant on their works in progress, I have helped these writers articulate their concepts, structure their manuscripts, sharpen their text, and prepare their work for professional submission.