Learn To Write Fiction: World-Building is a seven week course that covers the topics listed below. Each week covers a different topic and you will find the reading and writing assignments for at-home and in-class on the same page.
The content seen here is a collection of blog posts and articles by a variety of authors that go into detail on specific world-building topics. You may also wish to check out the list of recommended reading books, though these are not required reading for this course.
Writing assignments can either be typed or handwritten, whichever is more comfortable for you. Just remember that you’ll want to bring them with you to each session to talk about them, so make sure they can be portable.
Always remember that these topics are all related to one another. Your aliens will be structured to deal properly with their home world’s environment, for example, so when working on your aliens, you may need to make adjustments to your physical world. That’s the beauty, and complexity, of writing and world building.
Facilitators: Check out the Facilitator Guide for tips and tricks!
Week One: Course Overview
Week Two: Introduction to World-Building
Week Three: The Physical World & its Maps
Week Four: Culture: Customs & History
Week Five: Creating a Language
Week Six: Magic & Technology
Week Seven: Aliens, Creatures & Other Races