Hello there, I'm Charlene Putney! I'm a writer from Dublin, Ireland. Right now, I'm working hard on a speculative fiction novel about revolution. I'm a writer for the Divinity series of games, university lecturer on interactive fiction and RPGs, yoga teacher and and speaker at play conferences.

Once upon a time, I worked for both Google and Facebook in management positions before clawing my way free to try to live creatively. Over the past two years, I've been “succeeding” in this endeavour, still being alive and all that jazz. You can do it too, kids!

I like to speak on the intersections between play and psychology, most recently leading 450 people in meditation at A:MAZE Berlin, speaking to full houses on "Arcane Play: Occult Influences in Games ... & Vice Versa" at GameCity and on “Playful Occulture: Application of Esoteric Techniques on Playful Culture” at the Playful Arts Festival. I also give talks on interactive fiction, recently at Pushing Buttons at the V&A, Circa Words and State of Play. I'd probably like to speak at your event too, please let me know if you think I'd be a good fit! 

On one golden day, I crafted a presentation that Larry Page used. That was a pretty great moment only surpassed by Jonathan Blow saying some of my writing was “intensely beautiful”. Oh, and I've presented to pretty much every single product manager at Facebook about internationalisation so if you like to talk about RTL issues, I'll definitely bite (and chew). 

This site exists to collect my online work and to seek out fellow travellers for contact/collaboration. If that sounds like you, get in touch!