On Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, CWG hosted our World Building workshop at Imagination Station. Boy, oh boy… So much fun and full of laughs.
From word go, the workshop was not what people expected. So many came in and sat at the tables scattered around the place, not realising that when we said that we would be playing with LEGO, we meant it. It was a hands on experience, literally building our worlds.
“Into the pit every get, and start building that setting that is playing around in your heads.” So into the pit everyone went and the creations began. Some were contemporary and modern, while others were futuristic and dsytopian. Others were classic fantasy, and a few took us back to the beginnings of time itself. There was the abstract and the real. Every flavour of design was represented, but it wasn’t about the setting alone.
World building, as many writers know, is about every aspect of the world that your characters live in: politics, religion, societal norms, customs and belief, not just the physical setting. Every aspect needed to be examined. So as the ideas started to flow, the thoughts were applied to paper.
The religious figure heads that tell us lies to maintain our obedience were ousted for who they were. The societies that rely on those who live on the lower levels were revealed. The office space that was so full of furniture that the characters were tripping over themselves came into light. And the trees that seeded the mist were discovered.
Like all things within a writer’s repertoire, LEGO helped this small group of writers to free their minds to the possibilities of their complex worlds. I know a few of them will visit Imagination station again, just to keep the ideas flowing. Just don’t eat the LEGO!
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