The Art of Community Building For Storytellers

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Everyone talks about audience engagement but what do they actually mean?

Join StoryForward NYC as we talk to a panel of leading storytellers about how they build communities for their narratives. Andrea Phillips (A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling (, John T. Trigonis (Crowdfunding for Filmmakers ( and Katrina German (One-Story (, will discuss how they grow and maintain their audiences. We’ll talk crowdfunding, interactive experiences and much, much more.


Andrea Phillips is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer and author. She has worked on projects such as iOS fitness games Zombies, Run! ( and The Walk (, The Maester's Path ( for HBO's Game of Thrones, human rights game America 2049 (, and the independent commercial ARG Perplex City ( Her projects have variously won the Prix Jeunesse Interactivity Prize, a Broadband Digital award, a Canadian Screen Award, a BIMA, the Origins Vanguard Innovation Award, and others. Her book A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytellin ( is used to teach digital storytelling at universities around the world.

Her independent work includes the Kickstarted serial

The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart (


The McKinnon Account (

, a short story that unfolds in your email inbox. Her debut novel

Revision (

is published by Fireside Fiction Co. and her short fiction has been published in Escape Pod, Fireside Magazine, and the Jews vs. Aliens anthology.

Follow Andrea on Twitter: @andrhia (


A behind-the-scenes consulting machine, John T. Trigonis has mentored hundreds of filmmakers and other content creators worldwide to create compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but often exceed their goals. An indie filmmaker and successful crowdfunder himself, Trigonis has literally written the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers (, (and is currently rewriting it as a second edition) and after spending a few years as a private consultant, he puts his prowess to its ultimate use as Indiegogo’s head Film Campaign Strategist.

Follow John on Twitter: @Trigonis (


Katrina German is the CEO and cofounder of (, an easy way to create and share video interviews. Katrina is passionate about bridging storytelling and technology and the resulting company has collected video interviews from nineteen different countries. Katrina is an award-winning social entrepreneur and a former social media strategist who regularly runs campaigns that reach millions of people.

Follow Katrina on Twitter:

@Katrinavision (