Class – Worldbuilding from the Ground Up with Sascha Stronach

Worldbuilding from the ground up with Sascha StronachNext class date is 5-7 PM Pacific time, Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Worldbuilding seminars often focus on a macro-scale: Oceans, Empires, Faiths. This is great for generating a sense of scope, but how effectively does it tie into the narrative? Should the world come first, or the characters? Learn how to understand and develop relationships between characters and the worlds they inhabit, and take your worldbuilding to the next level. Join us for this workshop where we ask: if we need to cast a shadow, can we move a mountain?

Sascha Stronach is a Maori author from the Kai Tahu iwi and Kati Huirapa Runaka Ki Puketeraki hapu. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, they have also spent time in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, which have all inspired parts of their fictional worlds. A former tech writer, Stronach first broke out into speculative fiction by experimenting with the short form. Debut Novel Dawnhounds won the Sir Julius Vogel Award at Worldcon 78.

Join Sascha Stronach for a workshop in which you learn a new approach to worldbuilding in your fantasy and science fiction.

Classes 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. They are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions). Patreon supporters receive a discount or free classes, depending on their support level.

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 up to three scholarships at one time.

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