Learning From Your Neighbours Lecture Series: Jakub Szamalek
Thursday October 27, 2022  6:30pm - 7:30pm (1 Hour )
Lecture / Seminar

Tangled threads and branching trees: on the differences in storytelling between books and video games

Traditional media - books, comic books, movies, TV series - are usually linear in nature. You read from cover to cover, watch from beginning to end. However engrossing the story, you follow it rather than shape it. Video games, on the other hand, are inherently interactive. As a player, you're invited to don the protagonist's mantle and decide how the adventure unfolds. How does this change the way stories are told - and experienced? Which narrative techniques can be adapted to the new medium - and which created anew? As both a novelist and a video-game writer, I have given it much thought - and have stories to share.

Jakub Szamalek – award winning novelist and video game writer, who co-created international bestsellers such as "The Witcher 3" and "Cyberpunk 2077". Doctor of classical archaeology educated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a Cambridge Gates Scholar. The first volume of his latest series of tech-thrillers is currently being adapted into a full-feature movie by producers of "The Hater" (Best International Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2020), with Jakub as one of the screenwriters.

Space is limited so please register in advance.


Memorial Library
21 Elm Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

(902) 542-5760

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