Class: Power and Politics in Worldbuilding: Schemes, Factions, and Culture

Next class date is Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Cultural worldbuilding informs plotting, characterization, and more. How do you build cultures and societies that set you up for political storytelling? What other tools can you use to make it easier to put together faction conflict and worldbuilding that embeds a character in overlapping and conflicting groups? Author and Folklorist Michael R. Underwood provides insights and tools for taking your cultural and political worldbuilding up to the next level.

Join Michael R. Underwood for an online workshop on the interplay of power and politics in worldbuilding.


Cost is $99 for new students; $79 for returning students and Patreon supporters.

Live classes are taught online, are limited to 15 participants, and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane. A webcam is strongly suggested but not required. If there is an on-demand version of the class, you will be provided with a free coupon for it, so you have access to those notes.

To register for a class, send e-mail with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
  • Remind me if you support me on Patreon or have already taken a class with me so you can get the special rate.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, Venmo, or some other means.
  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You should receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has a slot reserved for such a student, and the sole criteria is that you can’t afford the class but really think it would be useful for you. To apply, mail me with your name, the class name/date, and a brief statement about why you want to take the class. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarship recipients will be notified the week before the class.

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