Anyone can be a writer if they want to.
The Tabletop Writers Guild has just announced a new initiative to help encourage diversity within the ranks of written tabletop content. As a card-carrying member of the guild, and in line with my #youarewelcomeatmytable message, I’d happy to pass along the following information, further expanded upon on the Tabletop Writers Guild website:
The invention of writing profoundly changed human civilization. Since its inception writing has allowed cultures to spread and exchange ideas, communicate with its people, and keep all manner of records. But for centuries to know how to write was a status symbol, a sign of education and power.
Yet even after the printing press gave that access to the masses, society continued to convey a sense of cultural mysticism around writing for public consumption. You see this in people enthralled by authors both inspiring and inflammatory. You can see it in the persuasive speeches of our leaders and of the press who speak truth to power in response. Carefully chosen words and well-hewn arguments often grant someone an air of enlightenment and sophistication, whether coming from a university lectern or the latest bestselling novel.
Even despite the vast democratization of information in the internet age and the new mediums in which anyone can share their thoughts with the world, there still persists this impression that traditional writing – even for something as simple as board games – is somehow beyond one’s capabilities. As if those who do so possess a skill set others are somehow incapable of achieving.
Today, we’re here to dispel that notion with the 2020 Tabletop Writers Diversity Initiative.
If you are just starting out with written tabletop content, or have wondered what writing about games would be like but haven’t yet begun, we’re offering up a fun and engaging way to give it a shot, consequence-free!
Starting on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020, and running through Monday, November 2nd, there will be daily writing challenges to participate in meant to encourage people to write and help spark their creativity. For more information, check out the full post.
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.
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