Creating your own imaginary world populated by unique characters, cultures, creatures, or magic systems is a daunting task, but not one you have to do alone. Worlds within Worlds is a workshop series within the Carclew Open House program that aims to support and inspire emerging writers and creatives, bringing together the diverse experiences and knowledge of South Australian Artists, Writers, Musicians, Gamemasters, and more, to share the secrets behind breathing life into new worlds.
Join us for the opening night of this workshop series at Carclew House on June 1st for a cosy evening of Fantasy and Sci-fi worldbuilding presentations by an eclectic selection of SA’s best emerging artists. Then, jump online to the Worlds Within Worlds Discord for a digital create-a-thon continuing throughout June and July, and get inspired by a selection of digital workshops by emerging artists run each Thursday evening.
In the Discord hub keep up to date with the latest online workshops, share your worldbuilding and creative ideas, ask for feedback, interact with other creatives, and celebrate your work with the guidance and support of a community of emerging Fantasy & Sci-fi creatives. Join the Discord digital space here.
This workshop series will teach you how to consider the worlds within worlds, the engaging worldbuilding details like constructed languages, fantastic creatures, realistic characters, and comprehensive cultures, that make new worlds unforgettable.
During the Carclew Open House evening on June 1st, we will see presentations from three creatives. Details for these F2F presentations are below:
Sensitivity Reading and Diversity in Fantasy – 6pm to 6.55pm
Kicking off the ‘Worlds Within Worlds’ workshop series, join Adelaide based Editor and Writer Cameron Rutherford for a discussion on sensitivity reading and diversity in fantasy. Learn how to use the fantasy or sci-fi genres to imagine a diverse world of your own, and discover techniques that will help you avoid the pitfall of recreating biases in your fantasy settings and characters.
Why Costume Matters- Worldbuilding through Character Design – Theory – 7pm to 7.55pm
‘Why Costume Matters’ asks creators to consider not just what they wear, but what their characters wear too! The result of a year-long research inquiry, this two-part fashion theory talk aims to distill key checkpoints for defining a character through their visual appearance. Throughout the ‘Theory’ we will cover curious questions to ask your characters, why wearing purple can earn you a promotion and how circles are the friendliest shape.
A Guide to Crowdfunding – 8.35pm to 9.25pm
Join Comic Author and Illustrator Jana Hoffmann as they explore the pros and cons of crowdfunding. Learn about the different types of crowdfunding available, how to use your campaign to grow your fanbase and build long-term fan relationships, and walk through a step-by-step action plan designed to prepare and launch a crowdfunding campaign.
Creating a Fantasy/Fictional Language
Join Editor and Writer Cameron Rutherford for this two-part workshop series and learn the essentials to creating your own language. Create sound systems, lexicons, and grammar tailored to your story, before exploring how it could be used in dialogue or narration.
Part #1 – June 8th – 5pm to 6pm – Online
In part one of this series, explore the major questions, misconceptions, and uses of constructed languages in storytelling. Then, delve into phonemes and phonotactics (sounds and how to put them together) to begin developing words.
Part #2 – June 22nd – 5pm to 6pm – Online
In the second part of this workshop series, cover grammar and language evolution under Cameron’s guidance, before beginning to write full sentences in your very own language.
Why Costume Matters- Worldbuilding through Character Design – Practical
June 15th – 5pm to 7pm – Online
‘Why Costume Matters’ asks creators to consider not just what they wear, but what their characters wear too! The result of a year-long research inquiry, this two-part fashion theory talk aims to distill key checkpoints for defining a character through their visual appearance. In the second part of this workshop, bring the theory of this process to life with a step-by-step guide to building preparation truly lively characters!
Live-Drawing with Purpose
June 26th – 5pm to 7pm – Online
Have you ever wondered about the creative processes behind designing environments? Perhaps you are a creative seeking to build your own fictional world and are looking for tips. Join author and illustrator, Jason Pamment, for a live drawing presentation, and explore the process of building references, making creative choices, and designing for a purpose in a larger story.
Worldbuilding to Change the World
July 6th – 5pm to 7pm – Online
In a grand conclusion to the ‘Worlds Within Worlds’ workshop series, join Comic Author and Illustrator, Jana Hoffmann to explore the power of storytelling. Learn from Jana’s own experiences as a writer and illustrator, and be challenged to think about how your story might change lives and the world for the better.