Character Development Through Roleplay @ Fremantle Library (with Leonard Goulds)

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12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Fremantle Library
8 William St, Fremantle, 6160

Character Development Through Roleplay @ Fremantle Library (with Leonard Goulds) at Fremantle Library

Inspired by theatrical exercises and pen and paper roleplaying games, this workshop will encourage the creation and evolution of complex and believable characters to be utilised in written work. Participants would ideally create characters in the workshop, but patterning them on protagonists of their own works would also be acceptable. The workshop involves character creation, adapting abstract characters so that a degree of random chance can exist in their actions rather than this being controlled directly by any participant, and examining the impact of limited information upon characters’ reactions. Improvisation in the face of various stimuli will also be explored. Ideally, this would expand on participants’ characterisation of their protagonists, uncover areas to work on or provide impetus for new writing.

Leonard GouldsAn aficionado of stories and storytelling since birth, Leonard is a keen traveller and avid collector, especially of books and games. Professionally, he has worked as an actor with Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company, as well as in other independent projects such as Robyn Archer’s Boy Hamlet. He has also worked as a playtester, creative consultant, tutor and historical researcher.

Academically active, Leonard previously studied Archaeology, Classics, and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia and is currently studying for his Graduate Diploma of Education at Notre Dame University. Having started seriously in 2013, he is a new player on the writing scene. Despite this, he placed on the long list for the Hadow/Stuart Short Story Competition for 2014 and is one of three proud recipients of the CAL Emerging Writer in Residence positions at FAWWA for 2015. One of the pieces he worked on during his residency, Watercolour, received a Highly Commended Award in the Stringybark Short Story Competition 2014 and was published in the collection No Tea Tomorrow. He has conducted writing workshops at FAWWA both during his residency and previously, with an emphasis on creativity and non-traditional approaches. He predominantly writes short stories (alternating genre between fantasy, science fiction and horror) and also has an interest in alternate forms of literature, creativity and mythology.

Places are strictly limited to just six participants so get in fast to register your place at this fun and engaging event. Call Fremantle Library on (08) 9432 9999 to reserve your place or click here to book your place online.

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