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Hybrid Eugene: Character-Building with Leah Velez

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Interactive Character-Building

This meeting is in-person and online.

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 (or another human!) do what they do? People are complicated, and their motivations or deep seated wounds don’t always align with their actions.

RPGs can help!

Join us February 20 at 6:15PM (Doors open at 6PM) at the Eugene Public Library for an interactive character building experience with Leah Velez and Role Playing Games (RPGs). This workshop is sure to 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.

Writer and educator Leah Velez has been part of a team reworking the D&D character matrix to combine it with the enneagram for a deeper understanding of not only characters, but also the worlds and cultural and political systems they inhabit.

No RPG or D&D experience is required. 

Join us at the Eugene Public Library or online for this interactive workshop!

Zoom Link

Come in-person to the Eugene Public Library or register here for the Zoom meeting:


About Leah Velez

Leah Velez PhotoLeah Velez is a writer and interdisciplinary teaching artist from Chicago, currently living in Portland, with over twelve years of experience with children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and senior citizens. They have taught in public schools, alternative schools, summer camps, prisons, universities, and dance studios, and at Wordcrafters.

Leah 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, Leah 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.

When they’re not involved in some kind of storytelling shenanigans, they can be found dancing around Portland, or on their bus, binging the latest horror show on Netflix with their two cats and an amazing partner in crime.

About Your Chapter Meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Writers are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf. A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.


Willamette Writers continues to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Zoom Details

Register for the meeting at the link provided above. On the day of the meeting, click the link Zoom sent you in your email when you registered with the link above. If you have not done this before, we encourage you to try logging in a half hour before the meeting begins. For more Zoom support, please contact Zoom directly.

See you there!


February 20
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Eugene Public Library
100 W 10th Ave
Eugene, OR
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