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.

 

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

appearances

Next up: Comicpalooza

I’ll be in Houston Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) for Comicpalooza. Very excited to be part of the extravaganza! Hope to see you there. Here’s what I’ll be doing: Saturday 12:00 – 1:00 pm Literary Read more…

appearances

Reading and Signing May 9 at BookPeople

I will be reading and signing The Sisters Mederos at BookPeople on May 9 at 7 pm. Details here: This is the official American debut of the first book in The Tales of Port Saint Read more…

appearances

FollyCon Wrapup

I’ve had the opportunity to go to two Eastercons now. It’s been such a pleasure to participate in conventions outside of the US. I am fortunate to live in Texas, where there are some of Read more…