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Reasonable Consequences: Building a Better Alternate Universe with Seanan McGuire

Do you want to build a rational alternate history for your science fiction world?  Or are you trying to establish a functional fantasy basis for your urban fantasy?  We’ll discuss choices, consequences, and the branching paths of real-world causality, and … Continue reading

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Where Babies Come From: Speculative Reproduction with Evan J. Peterson

How do magic and technology change the possibilities of reproduction? Whether on Earth or in alien lands, through futuristic science, historical alchemy, or outright sorcery, this class examines ways to reinvent the process of reproduction in your fiction. Instructor: Evan … Continue reading

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High-Speed Worldbuilding for Fiction and Games with James L. Sutter (Session One)

Easy tricks and tips to help you build unique worlds, cultures, and creatures for your games and stories—all in just a few minutes! As co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games, James L. Sutter has created countless award-winning fantasy and science … Continue reading

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Christmas in Narnia: Creating Traditions for Fictional Cultures with Evan J. Peterson

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

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Worldbuilding as a Banquet with Fran Wilde

Like a meal, a banquet is a collection of layers. And while these layers do include the meal itself, a banquet is also a rich, deep-dive into the politics of proximity, excess, calamity, and power. (For those who want to … Continue reading

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Queer Is a Verb: Disrupting the Norm with Evan J. Peterson

Evan J. Peterson teaches you how to queer your writing in fresh, diverse, and ethical ways. Dive into expansion and exploration of gender and sexuality in speculative fiction and secondary worlds. In addition to reimagining the rules and possibilities of gender and sex, … Continue reading

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Power and Politics in Worldbuilding: Schemes, Factions, and Culture with Michael R. Underwood

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 … Continue reading

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Fantastic Worldbuilding with Fran Wilde

Learn how to build worlds that bedazzle and entertain — but that are still logically consistent and believable. How do you create atmosphere — both literal and figurative — as well as the details that make your world a fantastic … Continue reading

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Queer Is a Verb: Disrupting the Norm with Evan J. Peterson

Evan J. Peterson teaches you how to queer your writing in fresh, diverse, and ethical ways. Dive into expansion and exploration of gender and sexuality in speculative fiction and secondary worlds. In addition to reimagining the rules and possibilities of gender and sex, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Michael R. Underwood on Five Tips for Cultural Worldbuilding Without Building a World Bible

Worldbuilding can be an intimidating part of writing science fiction/fantasy, whether it’s an epic fantasy or a distant far-future space opera. There are many ways focusing on worldbuilding first can go awry, chief among them the possibility that worldbuilding becomes … Continue reading

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