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Hybrid Hillsboro: Worldbuilding with Brian W. Parker

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The worlds of fantasy and sci-fi have suffered from a lack of diversity for many decades, despite the wonderful contributions of authors like Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. LeGuin. This problem has seen some major strides in recent years, and yet some authors are still unsure of how to be more inclusive in their storytelling. There are some tricky issues of cultural appropriation and respecting the unique experiences of underrepresented groups in world-building.

On April 9th at 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:15PM) online and at the Brookwood Library in Hillsboro, join author and publisher Brian W. Parker as he illustrates how these issues can be tackled in creative ways. From researching and using historic elements to ground characters to adding diverse settings, we’ll discuss how to communicate with readers from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

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About Brian W. Parker

Brian W Parker in red shirt and black hatBrian grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and has always been in love with storytelling in every medium. Literature, movies, art, you name it! He earned a BFA in graphic design & illustration and an MA in writing & publishing. He worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for almost two decades in music publishing, corporate marketing, and sports/entertainment.

Today, Brian spends his days working in youth publishing (so cool, right?) through his company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife. He enjoys teaching about the creative process, and is always trying to learn and grow in his craft – finding that he is happiest when striving to bring the works of imagination to life.

About Your Chapter Meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a donation at https://willamettewriters.org/donations/ to help support the cost of the meetings. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/


Willamette Writers continue 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.

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.

See you there!


April 9
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hillsboro Brookwood Library
2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy
Hillsboro, OR 97124 United States