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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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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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Dunking the Reader in the Details: Toolsets for Creating Immersive Worlds with Cat Rambo

How do you create a world that feels immersive to your reader without drowning them in description? What details should be included — and what should be left out? Cat Rambo gives you twelve tools to use for creating immersive … Continue reading

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Story Fundamentals with Cat Rambo

A compressed version of the six-week workshop, this single-session class covers basic story structure, characters, blocking, setting, and submitting work. You will do some writing exercises in class, but most of the time will be spent on lecture and discussion. … Continue reading

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Story Fundamentals with Cat Rambo

A compressed version of the six-week workshop, this single-session class covers basic story structure, characters, blocking, setting, and submitting work. You will do some writing exercises in class, but most of the time will be spent on lecture and discussion. … 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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