The Workshop returns in July 2019! Registration opens on June 1.  


So... you want to write a tabletop RPG, but aren't sure where to start. This is the workshop for you! Join an active community of amazing creators and take your RPG from ideation to publication
 — in just 6 weeks!

The Basics

  • What is the purpose of this workshop?

    To help new writers design and produce a tabletop RPG one-shot adventure in six weeks! Participants will partake in the process from ideation to publishing.

  • What is the schedule?

    November 1 — December 14, 2018

  • What can I expect from the workshop?

    You'll get to participate in lessons designed by experts in the tabletop RPG industry, and receive access to a chatroom and downloadable resources.

  • Is the workshop only for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition?

    The lessons in the workshop are not specific to D&D, so you are welcome to write for the ruleset of your choice! Some of the resources will be tailored to 5E modules but are easily adapted to any tabletop RPG.

What Each Path Entails

Content

Free Path


Paid Path


Access to the Discord chatroom
Free worksheets and downloadables
Pep talk emails from industry professionals
Access to all lessons, designed by experts (outlined below)

Lessons & Instructors

Our roster of instructors includes some of the most talented, prolific creators in the tabletop RPG industry. Here's what they'll be teaching you.

Note: The lessons are not specific to a time zone. Each lesson "unlocks" during the dates specified below, but you can complete them on your own schedule!

Planning & Organizing: November 1 - 10

  • Creating a Writer Toolkit | Ashley Warren
  • Getting in the Mood: Moodboards & Playlists as Author Resources | Ashley Warren
  • Pre-Writing and Outlining: Managing All of Those Great Ideas | Chris Walz

Crafting a Narrative: November 11 - 30

  • Crafting Tough Decisions | Sersa Victory
  • One-Shot, Many Plots: Worldbuilding for Short Adventures | Kaleb Kramer
  • Developing Settings and Environments for One-Shots | Nicholas Clayton
  • Creating Believable NPCs for One-Shots | Jeff Ellis
  • Villains: Evil NPCs and Antagonists | Nicholas Johnson
  • Linking it Together | JVC Parry
  • How to Create Creature Stat Blocks with the Minimal Amount of Math | Beatriz Dias

Designing & Editing Your Module: November 30 - December 6

  • Basic Dungeon Mapping with Photoshop | Sersa Victory
  • Designing an Eye-Catching Cover | Nimgyu
  • An Optimizer's Guide to Scribus | Luke Monroe
  • Designing Your Module in GM Binder | Levi Rosol
  • Editing Your One-Shot | David Morris

Playtesting & Publishing: December 7 - 14

  • Putting it to the Test: Playtesting 101 | Ashley Warren
  • How to Market Your Module | Instructor Round-Up

What You'll Learn

  • Developing a Writing Process

    How to make writing an important part of your life; discover a plethora of writing tools and resources.

  • Outlining and Mindmapping

    How to organize your narrative and mindmap the potential threads of your story.

  • Writing Compelling Characters and Narrative

    How to write an engaging narrative for GMs and players alike — including how to create villains, NPCs, and settings.

  • Editing and Revising

    How to edit and revise your work, receive feedback, and implement changes.

  • Playtesting

    How to playtest your module, gather feedback, and make data-driven improvements.

  • Designing and Formatting

    How to prepare your module for publishing — including designing maps to accompany your story.

Bonus Resources

  • 24/7 Chat

    Join the Discord channel to share ideas, receive feedback, and brainstorm with fellow writers.

  • Advice from the Pros

    Get advice, inspiration, tips, and tricks from some of the industry's most prolific creators.

  • Downloadables

    Download outlines, guides, and questionnaires to aid in your writing and playtesting.

Published Work by Past Participants

Testimonials from Past Participants

“The ttRPG workshop ... provided a writing process that was easy to use and incorporated very helpful tools to assist with everything from the design portion to the play testing. ... I'd highly encourage anyone interested in writing an adventure to participate in a future workshop!”

Arcones

July 2018 Participant

“It was an amazing experience to see a published author's method and work through my own project at the same time. Great directions and incredibly inspiring and helpful.”

Jerrod Bacon, "Pyronide"

July 2018 Participant

“The workshop was excellent —informative and supportive with lots of helpful comments, critiques and collaboration from Ashley and all the participants. ... The lessons were relevant and timely, and seemed to flow well with where people were in their writing process. ”

DM_FromScratch

July 2018 Participant

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Questions? Email ashleywarrenwrites@gmail.com