The Writers’ League of Texas has invited me to lead a class on worldbuilding this Saturday. For more information about the class, please click the link below.

I Want to Go There: Creating Believable Worlds

My philosophy of worldbuilding can be compared to the famous opening of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: “Relax. You know more than you think you do.”

What we will cover includes: Types of research, avoiding the infodump, and the use of the telling detail.

There will be exercises and examples of really good worldbuilding. I expect a lively discussion and lots of questions.

Here’s my guest post for the Writers’ League blog on worldbuilding, my influences, and creating setting, As for what I am hoping students get out of the class, here it is in a nutshell:

What would you like writers to take away from your class?

PS: The point of research for writers is to give their readers the experience of deep diving into a well-created world. It’s not to scare authors away from setting down words for fear of “getting it wrong.” Research is like a treasure hunt, and you get to decide when X marks the spot.



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