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February 20, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Writing Workshop: Character Building

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Leah Velez shows how to use role-playing games to build fictional characters.

Join Willamette Writers for an interactive writing workshop with Leah Velez, in person at the Downtown Library or online with Zoom (more info and link).

Do you struggle with jumping into your characters' shoes and walking around in them? Is it sometimes hard for you to figure out what would make your characters do what they do? Role playing games (RPGs) can help. 

This workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of power structures and internal motivation for your characters and the worlds they live in, which you can apply to your writing -- or your next D&D campaign.  No RPG or D&D experience is required.  

Leah Velez is a writer and interdisciplinary teaching artist from Chicago, currently living in Portland. They are part of a team reworking the D&D character matrix to combine it with the enneagram as a way to explore not only characters, but also the worlds and cultural and political systems they inhabit. Velez has worked with children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and senior citizens in public schools, alternative schools, summer camps, prisons, universities, dance studios, and at Wordcrafters in Eugene.

Velez focuses on nurturing creativity and examining the power structures behind the way we think, create, and move. A former high school teacher with a master of arts in Teaching, and graduate of Northwestern University’s Fiction and Comparative Literature programs, and the University of Oregon’s MFA program in fiction, Velez is the lead on Wordcrafters’ Adult and Community Programs, which includes the community storytelling project, StoryHelix. They also are the founder of TeachWriteNow, which uses improv, and elements from RPGs for immersive learning experiences. 

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