The Larpwriter Summer School
The Larpwriter Summer School is an intensive summer course in larp design.
It has been held held close to Vilnius, Lithuania for five days in July 2012, 2013 & 2014.
The programme used the idea of The Mixing Desk of Larp which is a way of portraying which elements to think about in larp design.
- 2012: 40 participants, 13 speakers & 6 organizers from 12 countries
- 2013: 40 participants, 12 alumni for the Larporatory, 18 speakers & 9 organizers from 13 countries
- 2014: 43 participants, 17 alumni, 17 speakers & 7 organizers from 15 countries
During the week, we will provide a framework and a toolbox for creating larps. While the goal of the summer school is to encourage pedagogical larps, our understanding of that term is very wide. We believe that the tools that create good larps can be applied broadly, and our toolbox will be useful for the designer of any larp that aims to tell a story. 
The program was structured in three levels, The what, The why and The how.
|Level||What||Type of programme||Goal|
|Level 1||The what - the experience||Larps & larp presentations||Obtaining experience to contextualise the other program me items|
|Level 2||The why||The Mixing Desk of Larp||Understanding why and when to design larps differently|
|Level 3||The how||Workshops & talks||Learn the tools and methods to change the parameters of a larp to achieve what you want|
The organizers have selected a big variety of speakers to create the program from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Czech Republic. They have held talks, larp presentations, workshops and larps.
The Mixing Desk of Larp
The underlining theme of the program was The Mixing Desk of Larp. For each presented fader there was a fader talk held by and expert to give and introduction to that specific element of larp design. This was also played out in a small scene game called The family dinner, a game played several times during the week where the organizers added different faders so that the participants got a hands on understanding of the different elements.
Larps, workshops and other talks in the program was also planned in conjunction to the relevant faders talks.
Larps played at The Larpwriter Summer School
Several larps where played at the summer school. Here are some of them.
- The Family Andersson
- When Our Destinies Meet
- New Voices in Art
- The Fall of Andrea Capponi
- White Death