Staff Writer
Job Details
Experienced
Optional Work from Home
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$75,000.00 - $95,000.00 Salary/year
Narrative
Description

Deck Nine Games is hiring an experienced Senior Staff Writer as part of a new narrative team on an unannounced project. We’re looking for a writer whose love of story is animated by compassion and curiosity. Someone who loves games but draws influence from a broad swathe of narrative media. Someone with a passion for stories about human connection, and a desire to expand the boundaries of what sorts of stories games can tell, and what sorts of characters we tell them about. This is a highly collaborative position which rewards empathy and patience; the right fit will be sensitive, thoughtful, and an absolute pro at giving and receiving feedback.

If that all sounds like a good fit for you, here’s what you can look forward to at Deck Nine: a full-time position—either on site at our offices in beautiful Westminster, Colorado or remote—with benefits, competitive pay, and an opportunity to work with a team to help shape the identity of a super cool project. We’re building a diverse team of talented storytellers, and you’re going to be spending a lot of time hanging out with us, brainstorming, breaking story, exploring the depths and heights of human emotions, developing characters, mentoring junior staff, and solving story problems collaboratively. When you’re not doing that, you’ll be helping to write the game script with our proprietary toolset, which allows us holistic influence over all aspects of the development process, including dialogue, gameplay design, branching logic, art, and cinematics.

Authentic voices and a supportive work environment are important to us. Writers of color, disabled writers, queer writers, and writers of marginalized genders are encouraged to apply.

Requirements
  • Multiple professional writing credits. These may include released video games, purchased screenplays, or published books, comics, articles, or short stories.
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Advanced understanding of story fundamentals, and of how relationships and inner lives can contribute to a narrative arc.
  • Experience writing in a programming language of some kind. Our system allows us control over the logic and gameplay of our game, which requires comfort with programming basics. Experience using Twine or similar interactive fiction engines fulfills this requirement.
  • Availability during core hours (10AM - 4PM Mountain Time) for online meetings, and the ability to work independently when not interacting with fellow team members.
  • While this opportunity could be remote, relocation assistance is available for those moving to Colorado.

 

How to Apply:

Include the following:

Two writing samples, 10 pages each max. 

  • One of these must be a screenplay, game script, comic book script, or stage play excerpt (i.e. written and formatted as a script).
  • Your best shot at advancing to the next stage of our hiring process would be to include samples that clearly demonstrate a knack for engaging dialogue, strong characterization, and plotting that springs from authentic, dynamic relationships.

A cover letter that introduces you to us and answers the following questions:

  • How do you draw from your own background and life experiences when crafting narrative?
  • Why is game narrative personally important to you?
  • Don’t be afraid to demonstrate your personality! Writers who catch our attention with their cover letters are much more likely to stick in our heads.
  • Your resume.

Pluses:

BA or higher degree, especially in humanities, film, journalism, or creative writing. Experience in education, leadership, outreach, or activism. Anything that evinces strong interpersonal skills. Experience writing screenplays or teleplays. Can you write and think cinematically? Experience working with artists from other disciplines. Experience with advocating for and implementing thoughtful, authentic representation of characters from marginalized backgrounds in fiction.

Salary Range: $75,000-$95,000 DOE

**Please note that the compensation information is a good faith estimate for this position only and is provided pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and Equal Pay Transparency Rules. It is estimated based on what a successful Colorado applicant might be paid. It assumes that the successful candidate will be in Colorado or perform the position from Colorado. Similar positions located outside of Colorado will not necessarily receive the same compensation. **

 

ABOUT DECK NINE

Here at Deck Nine Games our passion is storytelling games. We are an independent game developer dedicated to crafting AAA interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. In 2021 we released Life is Strange True Colors, which went on to win multiple awards for storytelling and visuals, including best storytelling for 2021 and a VGA for Games for Impact. Recently we announced that we are developing a game for the hit sci-fi Amazon series, The Expanse. Our prior titles have won multiple awards, including Game of the Year and nominations for VGA and BAFTA awards. The studio is 100+ amazing people both located in our headquarters in sunny Westminster, Colorado and spread throughout the world permanently remote.

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.

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