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.
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.