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Brian O.

Narrative Architect
   United States
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As a scholar of narrative (Ph.D.) and a practicing fiction and game writer (M.F.A.), I command wide-ranging expertise in various storytelling modalities to enhance your project. I continue to refine my appreciation of the nuances inherent to storying and its attendant structures (dialogue, narration, plot, character) in my ongoing creative pursuits. In addition to my science-fiction novel in-progress, I am a member of the writing team for a RPG video game that is in development, which I will be happy to discuss in greater detail.

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Portfolio

Department and student evaluations of my Spring 13 fiction-writing course
A demonstration of my expert-level knowledge of narrative in an analysis that parses...
Read and reviewed Jenny Boully's nonlinear essay for Fourth Genre
Wrote and formatted this fantasy-horror script
original flash fiction
An original personal essay
Original composition
Wrote and formatted a mini game script
Published micro short story (100 words)
Plotted and scripted the comic
Plotted and scripted comic -- basic layout and text of the timeline (layout enhanced...
Plotted and scripted comic
Plotted and scripted comic
Plotted and scripted comic

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Service Description

As a narrative technician with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and M.F.A.), I am excited to offer my varied skills and knowledge for your fiction and gaming needs. Trained for the systematic analysis and creation of narrative forms and owning a sense for detail that I cultivated as a proofreader and copyeditor, I bring to your project an extensive historical and practical archive of storytelling strategies well-suited for designing narrative arcs, engaging plots, and memorable characters for your fiction or game. With my proofreading and editing experiences (newspaper, literary journals), then, I have a flexible and expanding skillset to apply at macro and micro instances during beginning, middle, and concluding stages of your fiction and/or game.

My uploaded resume highlights my experience writing, reading, teaching, and analyzing literary and popular texts (science fiction and gothic literature), as well as my ongoing writing projects. Currently I am 30,000 words into my dystopic sf novel in which games figure centrally. I am also script-writing, world-building, and composing background histories for a sf RPG game in development. Both endeavors continue to expand my narrative repertoire, particularly game-writing, which requires a specific set of creative strategies. The interactive nexus at the heart of gameplay uses storytelling conventions that are not necessary in most fictions at the mechanic, dynamic, and aesthetic instance, such as rules of interaction, structuring...

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Employment

Radford University
Contingent Faculty
2011 - 2013
Instructor of various writing and literature courses, including fiction writing.
Michigan State University
Visiting Assistant Professor
2010 - 2011
I designed and taught writing, literature, and literary-theory courses, including creative writing, science fiction, and narrative theory
Fourth Genre
Graduate Editorial Assistant
2008 - 2010
I vetted manuscripts and helped to train undergraduate interns in the art of working at a national literary journal.
Michigan State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2003 - 2010
I taught writing, literature, and humanities courses as a graduate student.
Kettering University
Temporary Contingent Faculty
2009 - 2009
I designed and taught one Western humanities course during the summer session as a contingent faculty member.

Education

Michigan State University
Doctorate in English
2003 - 2010
University of New Orleans
Master of Fine Arts in Fiction
2001 - 2003
Northern Illinois University
Master of Arts in English
1999 - 2001
Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts in English
1995 - 1997
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Narrative
Fiction
Game
Creative Writing
Story
Script
Character
Plot
Editing
Proofreading
Academic
Dialogue
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