Toiya Finley

Toiya Finley

Nashville native Toiya Kristen Finley is a writer, editor, game designer, and narrative designer/game writer. With nearly 70 published works, she has 20 years of experience writing in a range of genres, tones, styles, and voices.

Toiya Kristen Finley is a writer, editor, game designer, narrative designer, and game writer from Nashville, TN. She holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. She gained editorial experience interning at Henry Holt's imprint, Owl Books. At Binghamton, she founded the literary journal Harpur Palate and served as its managing/fiction editor. She has been a writing center tutor, writing mentor, English tutor, and an instructor in both traditional and online classrooms. In 2011, she co-founded the Game Writing Tutorial at GDC Online with Tobias Heussner and served as an instructor in 2011 and 2012.

In videogames, she has worked as a game designer, narrative designer, and game writer (or some combination of the three) on several unreleased indie, social, and mobile games for children and general audiences. Published games include Academagia: The Making of Mages (Black Chicken Studios) and Fat Chicken (Relevant Games). She is currently a member of the IGDA Game Writing Special Interest Group's Executive Board.