June 18, 2017

 Image above by workshop participant Brandon

I just finished teaching a "collaborative worldbuilding" workshop at 826 Valencia. This was the second year I’ve done so and this time the class met in the new Tenderloin facility. It’s amaaaaazing (see the image below). The...

June 27, 2016

Our worldbuilding workshop at 826 Valencia has wrapped up, and in a mere number of hours a world is born

June 2, 2016

The first day of our collaborative worldbuilding workshop at 826 Valencia went down this week.

June 2, 2016

The class is full!! Here’s a massive thanks to 826 Valencia for making this possible and Michele Root-Bernstein, author of Inventing Imaginary Worlds.

December 14, 2015

From Youwarkee's imaginary world, - meet the neederander

December 4, 2015

At first glance, the planet Iveny looks like a familiar place. It has water, a breathable atmosphere and supports a bustling human population. it could be Earth, if you don’t look too closely.

But if you do…

…you’ll find that Iveny’s universe plays by different rules. As...

November 12, 2015

Check out the participatory writing process bringing My Secret Country to life. Max, Maxine and Doreanna are participants in the film (ages 10 and under), and are also collaborating to write the hybrid (fiction) part of the story where their imaginary friends go on an...

October 1, 2015

My Secret Country, the film, is all about world building, because we believe that if you can build alternate worlds, you’re that much closer to innovating in this world. And more than ever, we need innovators to bring solutions to life, for the problems we face. Mark L...

September 24, 2015

The imaginary world, Kudopel (CUHDDA-PULL), was born when eight-year-old Angelica was frustrated. She thought she was on the way to Toys”R”Us, but her Mom had to stop along the way to run a few errands. In her frustration, she decided to take control of the situation i...

September 7, 2015

Another creature who is part of Verasigh, Doreanna’s imaginary world, is the Goblin King. Doreanna describes him like this:

“His body shape is muscular, but his legs are not that muscular, they are more skinny. He has a bunch of scars. He has somewhat pointy ears. He ha...

August 31, 2015

Part of our challenge in creating this film is staying as true as we can to each of the participants ideas of their imaginary worlds and the creatures or friends who inhabit them. In the case of 9-year Doreanna, she likes to write but she says that she doesn’t want to...

August 24, 2015

Maxine has “billions of imaginary friends,” in her imaginary world. With her incredible drawing skills, she sketched a few of them out for this film. Above is her drawing of Milou. Milou is an imaginary friend replica of Maxine’s husky, who later passed away.Below are...

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