Class: Designing Magic Systems

Instructor: James L. Sutter

Next class date: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Magic is the heart of fantasy, but how do you design a magic system that enchants your readers or players without breaking the story? Join James L. Sutter, award-winning author and co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games, as we explore how to build different types of magic systems. Whether you prefer the heavily codified magic of Brandon Sanderson and Dungeons & Dragons or the mysterious miracles of myth and legend, this class will teach you tips and tricks for structuring your supernatural elements and using them to enhance your fantasy settings. Learn to design a functional magic system in five minutes or less!


Classes are limited to 15 students. They are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. Classes are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for returning students and Patreon supporters, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you would like to register
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, Venmo, or some other means.
  • Whether or not you are a former student or Patreon supporter
  • How you heard about Cat’s classes

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost,mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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