Natalie Zina Walschots cultivates fandoms, builds new communities, develops character voices, leads interactive fiction workshops, designs alternate reality games, constructs branching narratives, and most mornings opens Tumblr before opening her eyes. Her client list includes scrappy indie game studios, critically acclaimed television shows, mixed martial artists, print magazines, talk shows, NGOs, and a few more that defy categorization. Natalie’s work wins awards, grows audiences, and introduces people to the thing they often end up loving most in the world.
Natalie recently wrote the scripts for the live-action choose your-own-adventure experience The Aluminum Cat, and the video game Terrorarium, which is about an ambitious space grandma trying to win an intergalactic gardening competition. As a essayist and journalist, you can find her work in the National Post, Buzzfeed, The Walrus, Exclaim!, Quill & Quire, the Globe & Mail, and beyond. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and is the author of two books: DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, and Thumbscrews.
Natalie has presented at Mozfest, Console-ing Passions, CGSA, Digital Odyssey, TCAF/CSSC, and more. Her work with Syfy television show Wynonna Earp has been covered widely by journalists and academics alike, with the show's digital media winning two consecutive Canadian Screen Awards. She is a board member of Dames Making Games, and has previously worked with Pixelles; Concordia’s Technoculture, Art and Games Lab; and The Hand Eye Society. She can be found causing trouble at DMG or talking about heavy metal on Banger TV. She has often been in the newspaper for swearing.
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