May 2014 Meeting with Thomas Bunker

A Journey into the World of Fictional Characters
Presented by Thomas Bunker

Please join us for a fascinating and fun journey into the world of fictional characters. The road-map for our journey will be the real-world personality framework of Personalysis™, an organizational behavior analysis tool created by James R. Nolan of Houston, Texas. As a Senior Professional in Human Resources Thomas Bunker has used Personalysis to understand the communication, motivation, and behavior characteristics of people for twenty years. As a writer, he uses Personalysis as a framework to create characters that are complex, real, and, I hope, interesting.
Real people are indeed complex. Having a framework to analyze and understand their behavior can give writers, you and me, a mechanism to keep fictional characters understandable and real to our readers. Much of what we will discuss, and it will be a discussion, not a lecture, will be aimed at understanding and applying the four motivation traits of Personalysis (action, interaction, knowledge, and discipline) to the three situational modes of the profile (instinctive, socialized, and rational) in order to create a character’s internal conflict and external conflict with other characters.
To cap our discussion of fictional characters, we will break into three groups and create a personality profile for the complex and magnificent character Sherlock Holmes. So bring your experience and your curiosity and we will share our ideas and have a little fun in the process.

TBThomas Bunker was born and raised in Corvallis, OR, and spent the last twenty years as a human resources professional working to help people improve the way they communicate and work together. A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Education, Thomas also taught in a public school setting and worked in industrial sales and marketing. Graduate studies in adult education spawned an interest in organizational leadership and working with supervisors at all organization levels to improve communication and people success.

Thomas developed an interest in mystery writing by watching classic mystery series including the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies, The Thin Man series, and Mr. Moto, with Peter Lorre. He began writing several years ago by taking creative writing classes at Lane Community College and is currently finishing his first mystery novel.
Having recently moved back to Corvallis from the Seattle area, Thomas’ day job is as a Human Resources Consultant at Oregon State University. He is currently certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources as designated by the Human Resources Certification Institute, Alexandria, VA.

Meeting Time (NEW END TIME)

Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333.

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking
  • 6:45-8:15 – WotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Networking and Speaker’s Book Sales

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