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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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(Guest Post) R.J. Theodore on Secondary Worlds Without Monocultures: POV, Cultural Perspective, and Worldbuilding

I cut my SFF teeth on Star Trek, and I credit The Next Generation as setting me on the path to becoming an SFF author. But I lament the monocultures encountered on those Starfleet missions as a missed opportunity. Monocultures may catch attention as a hook, but the believability crumbles when the reader has a lengthy stay and finds that they lack real depth.
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The Fashion of Worldbuilding: Clothes, Technology, and Taboos with Mary Robinette Kowal

Fashion is a big part of science fiction and fantasy where clothes create a sense of settings and cultures. Since fashion is inextricably linked to both wealth and taboos, it can be an exciting way to develop the world of … Continue reading

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Class Notes Session 3 – World-building

(Saturday class – you haven’t had this session yet, don’t worry, we will this weekend!) Week Three deals with the world of the story: both the setting (the world as the characters know it) and the world of the narrative … Continue reading

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