How to Write Fantasy Fiction
What you'll learn
- How to define the fantasy genre and decide if you are a fantasy author
- How to approach the creation of a fantasy world.
- How to choose and use archetypal fantasy characters
- How to deal with magic, monsters and gods.
- You should be reasonably proficient at written English
- You should either be gripped by the ambition to be a great fantasy writer, or
- You should want to write, and write well, the sort of stories that you want to read
This is a course for authors and aspiring authors of fantasy fiction.
If you want to write a classic or modern fantasy novel
Inspired by your favorite authors
Or completely original
For all ages
Or for children, or young adults, or adults
Long or short
RPG or fairytale
Whatever the kind of fantasy you want to write, this course provides you with the tools and the knowledge to get it done, and get it done well.
As you might expect, many of the lessons in this course can apply more generally to storytelling, especially more traditional styles.
You will learn:
World building - not just landscape and history, but culture, bestiary, and economy
Character building - archetypes and beyond
Magic, what it is, and how to use it
To reinforce, and contrast with, the lessons, I've asked some fantasy authors to tell me about their process. I'll add more interviews as authors become available, so even if you've finished the course, check back from time to time.
Who this course is for:
- New writers who are keen on fantasy fiction
- Experienced writers who want to try out fantasy fiction
- Mid-experience writers who want to consolidate and structure their knowledge
I've spent the last 10 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.
My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.