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I’ve joined the Spring 2022 Write Your First D&D Encounter Workshop!

I’m super-excited about making a start on the Spring 2022 Write Your First D&D Encounter Workshop, which is a fully-online 4 week course that launches on 1 May and finishes on 31 May.

What I’ll do

By the end of the workshop, I’ll have written and produced a one-page D&D 5th Edition encounter – a mini adventure. In the workshop, I’ll learn about:

  • elements of an encounter
  • designing my encounter
  • writing my encounter
  • playtesting my encounter
  • Dungeon Masters Guild Best Practices – cool!

Workshop schedule

The weekly schedule looks pretty good – here’s how it unfolds over the four weeks of the workshop.

Week Lesson Date
1 What is an Encounter?

 

  • The components of a D&D encounter
  • What is an Encounter?
  • Types of Encounters
1 – 7 May
2 Writing Your Encounter

 

  • Brainstorming the Effective Way
  • Starting Your Encounter
  • Reinventing Tropes
8-14 May
3 Playtesting Your Encounter

 

  • Playtesting
  • Implementing feedback
15-21 May
4 Producing Your Encounter

 

  • Layout Basics
  • Publishing to DMs Guild
  • Marketing Your Encounter
21-30 May
4 Submission day 31 May

Before it begins…

So far, I’ve been able to successfully sign-up, join Discord and request to join the #wyfe channel where participants will be able to share their work and thoughts with others – great stuff.

The off-platform discussion and participant engagement and sharing via Discord is a vaguely similar to the way #DS106 used Twitter and each participants’s personal cyber infrastructure as well as a central hub to deliver the course, sort of – making use of available tools and platforms (that the target audience most likely already uses) is more efficient and flexible than designing an LMS/walled-garden situation. It probably also keeps costs down, which means the course is more viable.

The next steps for me is to continue to make my way through the pre-course welcome area and continue to monitor the Discord channel before it all starts on 1 May, of course – not much time!

Our work is going to be published – cool

Our work is going to be published – cool

The Storytelling Collective is going to assemble a collection of the one-page encounters into an anthology that they’ll release as one title on DMs Guild, much like Collective Encounters Vol. I, Collective Encounters Vol. II and Collective Encounters Vol. III.

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