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Worldbuilding for SFF Writers

Creative WritingJRR TolkienLe GuinMetaphysicsScience FictionThe InklingsWeird FictionWorldbuilding
Precepted by Sørina Higgins.
While building an entire world may seem like a daunting or divine task, thankfully there are many great writers who have gone before and left behind their advice, instructions, and encouragement for creating a secondary universe of your own. In this course, we'll look at what some smart and skillful folks have said about subcreation, then apply their ideas to your constructed storyworlds. We'll talk about how to choose and develop the properties of your land, what unique objects it contains, what level of technology its inhabitants have reached, who those inhabitants are, what language(s) they speak, what the physical nature of the world is, how its logic works, and--most importantly--its atmosphere and the philosophical implications of each of your creative choices. You should leave this course ready to set stories in your secondary universe.

Required Texts

Your preceptor will supply all necessary material.

Iterations

None (yet!)

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