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Every human culture has rituals, many of which correspond to certain times of year. When building a fictional world, tradition and ritual are essential to a complete, rich culture. Whether you’re writing about alien religions, secular cyborgs, or ancient Atlantis, this … Continue reading
You’ve written a novel, and now you’d like to tell some shorter stories in the same universe, but every time you start, it grows into a book. OR You’ve got a pile of short stories in your arsenal, and you’d … Continue reading
Did you know the elements of campaign planning are rooted in narrative design? In this workshop, gaming veteran Monica Valentinelli introduces her “Spiderweb Method” for campaign planning and walks you through how to use it for longer story arcs. Also included is … Continue reading
Claustrophobic basements. Menacing children and malevolent in-laws. Monstrous gentrification. Domestic thrillers are particularly popular lately, but they have their roots firmly planted in Gothic literature. From the works of Bram Stoker to Shirley Jackson to Jordan Peele, nothing’s creepier than … Continue reading
Rhythm, sound, emotion—so many techniques span the arts. You don’t need to have a musical bone in your body to learn how the building blocks of songwriting can help you tighten and elevate your stories. Come discover how to make … Continue reading
Writers are often encouraged to focus on developing their voice, much of which comes from how they approach point of view in their work. In this class, you’ll work with Tracy Townsend, author of the Thieves of Fate series from … Continue reading
Values are not universal across all cultures, and thus what a satisfying story looks like is not limited to one model either. This course examines East Asian storytelling forms and themes, including the four-act kishōtenketsu structure, which is not based … Continue reading
Tired of fading to black every time your characters get intimate? Not quite sure what to do once they’re in the clinch? Want characters whose romantic moments have some spark, sizzle, and steam to them? Learn some of the building … Continue reading
What scares you? It’s a challenge to create original and believable monsters and villains. Monsterologist Evan J. Peterson will take students through a course in creating fearsome characters and beasts. Tap into what disturbs you and use that to flesh out … Continue reading
Gothic stories are a staple of books, movies, television, and games, creating an aesthetic of darkness and menace, ghosts, prophecies, crumbling houses, black lace and blood — perhaps real, perhaps imaginary. Join Catherine Lundoff in exploring how you can add … Continue reading