In addition to my regular school writing residencies this year, I’m doing something different. Writers in the Schools has partnered with Histrionix and added a new program that combines writing and game design. WITS Digital is game-based writing in line with STEM. The kids learn the elements of game design and how they are much like those of literature with things like plot, characters, goals, motivation, and even problem-solving. At the beginning of the residency, we studied various literary devices then used them in writing poetry. Now we’ve moved on to developing a story for which their individual games will be modeled after. Then they’ll design their games on Gamestar Mechanic, using those stories for inspiration I’m not a gamer, never have been, but I’ve had to learn how to play this one! Now I can’t wait to see what my students come up with.