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Narrative Writer (Freelance)

Job type Contract Company Talespin Location Remote


We're looking for an experienced Narrative Writer to craft narrative dialogue and scenarios for immersive, virtual human learning experiences. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of human behavior and the ability to create realistic characters. This position reports to the lead narrative designer, working closely with product owners and learning experience design teams.


  • Write interactive dialogue for enterprise conversational training modules
  • Work with SMEs to translate their knowledge and expertise into compelling narratives
  • Work with learning designers to ensure interactive narratives effectively teach key learning points
  • Create personae and backstories for interactive characters
  • Write compelling natural dialogue for characters within contemporary business settings
  • Work collaboratively in a team of other writers, producers, and designers
  • Participate in peer-review of other writers working on other training modules
  • Revise writing work as a result of feedback from SMEs, team members, and stakeholders
  • Research subject matter with guidance from SMEs
  • Pitch ideas internally to team members and stakeholders
  • Participate in production activities such as table reads and motion capture sessions for the scenarios that you have written
  • Provide additional support to ongoing learning experience design projects as needed

About You

Knowledge, Skills and Experience we are looking for:

  • Strong content writing skills
  • Strong understanding of narrative structure
  • Ability to write interactive dialogue
  • Solid understanding of story and game structure and how they can integrate successfully
  • Solid ability to integrate learning goals into narrative structures
  • Ability to write, iterate, and revise work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to brainstorm, collaborate with a team, and generate constructive feedback on narrative content
  • Ability to interpret client requirements and specifications into engaging enterprise scenarios
  • Ability to adapt style to match a project's tone, business requirements, and learning goals
  • Ability to synthesize individual research and subject matter expert (SME) insights into communication trainings
  • Ability to work and write collaboratively with a team

One or more of these is a plus:

  • Experience working in Twine or other interactive narrative software
  • Experience writing for games
  • Understanding of educational pedagogy and learning theory
  • Understanding of narrative development for interactive learning design
  • Experience writing dialogue for learning and development (L&D) and other training purposes
  • Experience writing conversational user interface (UI) scripts
  • Experience writing professionally on at least one shipped product
  • Experience working as a part of a collaborative design team
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