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Hello and welcome to my professional website! My name is Abigail Manuel, and I am a Dallas, TX native and a writer in the gaming industry. Right now, I work as a writer and game designer for Robot Entertainment in Plano, TX. At Robot, I have a variety of duties relating to dialogue, tooltips, and lore and hero creation for Orcs Must Die! Unchained.

Before working at Robot, I worked at NCSoft on the martial arts MMORPG Blade & Soul as a creative writer on the localization team. While there, I wrote quest dialogue, tooltips, and item descriptions as well as helped to localize the story and lore for a Western audience.

I began writing in the gaming industry after being selected for a coveted writing internship with Blizzard Entertainment in both 2013 and 2014. These internships have a 7% admittance rate, and provided me with a lot of useful experience. While at Blizzard, I worked with the Anvil, which is Blizzard’s creative development team. As an intern, I was given a wide variety of tasks relating to many of Blizzard’s intellectual properties, including Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Hearthstone, and Warlords of Draenor.

Aside from my game industry experience, my education has also prepared me for a career as a writer. I hold a dual BA in radio-TV-film and English, an MA in creative writing, and I am currently working on my final dissertation project for my PhD in Literature. For my dissertation, I am writing about the adaptation of the works of Philip K. Dick into films and video games. I also taught and tutored both creative and academic writing at the university level from 2002-2014.

Aside from my work and scholarship, I also avidly watch, read, and create genre narratives. While I have experience in short and long form prose and can write formalist poetry, I consider myself mainly as a screenwriter. I also edit science fiction manuscripts for publication and actively engage in writers’ groups as well.

If you would like to learn more about me, request a résumé, or enlist my help with a writing project, please e-mail me at abigail.manuel@gmail.com. Examples of my work can be viewed on my “Portfolio” page.

Thanks so much for viewing my professional website!

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