Registration for the 2023 Peaky Midwest larp writing workshop is now open! We are planning to hold a face-to-face event in the Chicago area on April 14 through 16, 2023. Please review our health policies if you are interested in attending. We have a cap of 15 writers this year, so don't wait too long to register!
Attending as a writer is recommended only for people who have played at least one or two LARPs of a similar style to the ones our community generally produces. You must be able to attend Friday and Saturday. Writers are also encouraged to attend on Sunday to playtest games.
If you attend Peaky Midwest as a writer there is a registration fee of $40 that covers your meals and writing supplies (the fee is payable at registration time; we'll be happy to refund it if you can't come as long as you tell us at least two weeks before the workshop).
If you are new to writing at Peaky Midwest, we ask that you arrive by 6:00 pm on Friday to attend the new writer welcome. Experienced writers are also encouraged to come and help us greet our new writers!
Please take a moment to read the Code of Conduct we expect everyone to abide by at the workshop. As of 2023 we also have a new Health Policy, so please take a look at that if you haven't yet.
In 2023 we plan to try matchmaking groups online before the event so we can minimize everyone's stress on Friday and maximize writing time.
In late February we will invite all our registered writers to begin brainstorming online (via our Discord chat server). Two weeks before the workshop we will ask everyone for specific game pitches, and will send out a questionnaire so people can tell us what they're interested in writing.
One week before the event we will matchmake teams and send you contact information for the other writers on your team.
We will provide meals and some physical writing supplies such as markers, sticky notes, printer paper, and easel pads. You should bring:
We provide meals during the workshop. We ask about your needs during registration and our chef will do their best to accommodate everyone.
We are currently working on the menu for this year. The 2020 preliminary menu is available if you'd like to get an idea of what sorts of things we are likely to serve.
If you wish to have alcohol please bring your own. If you are drinking at the event please be able to show your ID.
People under 18 are welcome as long as a parent or guardian attends with them. If your child under the age of 18 is attending as a writer, you will be expected to join the same writing group as they do.
We encourage writers to revise their games to a polished form that could be run by strangers and publish them through the Peaky Midwest organization.
Please take a moment to read over the rights you are agreeing to grant Peaky Midwest if you attend. These are mostly safeguards to make sure that games can be developed and published if authors have disagreements or drop off the face of the earth.