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May 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Genre: Writers Craft 
  • Winter/Spring 2020
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Room: Zoom Room 2


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Building Better Worlds (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

A big part of writing is building a world for your characters to inhabit. It doesn’t matter if you write science fiction, fantasy, or something more down to Earth, one of the first things a writer must do is build their world. From something as simple as building a fictional town for your coming of age story, or literally building worlds and universes in the fantasy or science fiction genres, in this seminar you will learn the tricks for making believable and, more importantly, lived in, worlds for your readers to get lost in. You’ll learn how to interlace world building exposition, craft lore, and add just the right amount of detail to hint at the greater world beyond your story. Together, we’ll learn how to interlace world-building exposition with narrative, and the best ways to introduce your reader to your world without bogging them down in pages of non-stop detail. We’ll look at examples of good and bad world building, discuss tips and tricks for bringing your world to the page, and work together to craft a mini world of our very own.

The MuseTeacher: Chris De Matteo

Prerequisite: Open to: writers of all levels of experience