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Crafting Language

From the jarring lingo of Clockwork Orange to the smooth flow of Firefly, from the extensive dictionaries of Klingon to the historically inspired tongues of Tolkien - language is a fast-track way of immersing your audience in the depths of your world. While you don't need to be a linguistics major to write your own language, there are a few do's and don'ts that are key to crafting an effective and workable language. Let's look at phonemes, colloquialisms, biology, profanity, naming and structure as our window into the associated culture.


(Note for newcomers: We actually meet in the Atrium, next door, but access is through the coffee shop. If the coffee shop is closed then there is a security guard at the Atrium's Blanshard St entrance who will usually let you in.)

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  • Cassie H.

    I don't think I will make it. We just got back from camping an hour ago, so I am completely bagged. Sorry!

    August 11, 2014

    • Cassie H.

      Sounds good. What did you think of it?

      August 12, 2014

    • Peter E.

      Not what I was expecting, but it was good. The colony of body-scribes was well-done. I like the 'motley crew' aspect of all the characters, though the book was somewhat long-winded - intentionally, of course.

      August 12, 2014

  • Anika R.

    I so wanted to be there but I discovered a flat tire on my bike as I was leaving! Next time. Have fun!

    1 · August 11, 2014

  • Terra H.

    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    Walt Whitman

    The movie "Dead Poets Society" changed my life.
    R.I.P. Robin Williams

    August 11, 2014

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