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I’m Jess Haskins (she/her), founder of Paperback Studio.
🗺️ My specialties are narrative design, worldbuilding, and interactive storytelling.
🎓 I hold an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design.
🗝️ Adventure games are my jam! My credits include Rosewater, Lamplight City, The Longing, and Hiveswap.
👾 Other games I’ve worked on range from steampunk airship shooter Guns of Icarus Online to that classic cubicle pastime, Microsoft Solitaire.
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📊 I serve game developers, creative writers, and clients in medical communications, business, and law.
📚 My background is in languages and literature, with a BA in French from Bard College.
🦉 I’ve been editing since 2006, and freelancing since 2016.
💫 I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
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🧑🏻🏫 I’m an adjunct professor of game design at the NYU Game Center and previously taught game design at Parsons.
✊🏻 I’m a proud union member and organizer at ACT-UAW Local 7902, serving adjuncts and grad student workers at NYU and The New School. We’re currently on strike at TNS and fighting for a fair contract!
📣 I teach and speak about worldbuilding, writing for games, diversity and representation, community, unionization, the New York game industry, and other topics.
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I am (or was previously):
🍻 Organizer of NYC Indie Games, a social group for indie devs
⭐ Member of Death by Audio Arcade and Wonderville
🤝 Collaborator and friend of GUMBO
🏙 Chair of the IGDA NYC chapter (2015–2020)
📰 Founding editor of the NYC Game Dev Digest (2015–2020)
🗓 Curator of the NYC Game Dev and NYC Game Streams community calendars
💼 Co-organizer of the NYC Games & Digital Media Career Fair (2015–2017)
🎲 Co-founder of the New School Game Club (2010–2012)
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