In this two week workshop, Stephen Aryan delivers a guide to fantasy world building to help ensure everything in your story feels genuine—and the world is immersive for readers.
Your Instructor: Stephen Aryan
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: May 16, 2019 - May 30, 2019
Enrollment: 16 students
Creating an entire world from scratch can be an exhilarating and terrifying experience—because you control everything and everyone.
Readers want to be swept away into a new world and yet there needs to be something familiar with which to connect. This course talks through a range of techniques that will show you how it is possible to craft an entire world from even the smallest of details. It will also make you dig deep into the reasons for your choices, unconscious or otherwise, to make sure you have a strong foundation.
In two weeks, Stephen Aryan delivers a guide to fantasy world building so that everything in your story feels genuine and the world is immersive for readers. The goal in both lectures is to provide you with a range of tools to help you build something unique, but also to challenge the way you currently think about world building.
Whether you have something in mind already Stephen can help you to flesh it out or build it up from even the seed of an idea. By the end of the course you will be able to create a realistic and rich world that readers can really sink their teeth into.
Stephen Aryan is the award-winning author of epic fantasy. His first trilogy, Age of Darkness, comprises Battlemage, Bloodmage and Chaosmage and was quickly followed by his second trilogy, Age of Dread, which wraps up this summer with Magebane.
What This Class Covers
Week 1: The world and its influence
Learn how to build a world that feels as if it has existed for a long time. A place that is rich with history and culture that draws the reader in. We will be talking about the land itself and how it influences more than you might realize.
Assignment: Write a short piece about a character making a journey across one part of your fantasy world exposing the reader to some of its remarkable features.
Week 2: Creating realistic characters
Creating an interesting world is only half the battle. Readers need to believe that the people they meet, your main characters and all of the others they encounter, are fully rounded individuals. We’ll be talking about how to build characters and give them depth but also how they influence the world around them and can even be the starting point for a story.
Assignment: This is where we put everything we’ve learned so far to the test. Write a short vignette that captures the essence of a brand new character in a new setting.
Goals Of This Class
- Craft an entire world from even the smallest of details
- Dig deep into the reasons for your choices
- Make sure you have a strong foundation
- Challenge the way you currently think about world building
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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