The ultimate world building for fantasy guide
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The ultimate world building for fantasy guide

World building made easy.
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Created by Vanessa Fletcher
Last updated 7/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 30 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to world build for a fantasy novel when you don't know where to start.
  • Why you need to start at the birth of your planet/world long before you start writing your book.
  • A comprehensive list of topics to help you create the most realistic fictional world possible.
  • Why you need to put as much detail into your world's plans as you can.
  • How to create a map that works for any world you create and why a map is so important.
  • What world building entails.
  • How reality is a mirror to any fictional world.
  • How you can add depth to your world.
  • For beginner level writers upwards
  • For anyone interested in creating a fictional world
  • For advanced writers who want to write fantasy fiction
  • Any writer who wants to become a fantasy author

Do you want to build your own world to base a series on?

Do you want to write your first fantasy novel but don't know where to start?

Does world building seem overwhelming?

This course is a blueprint for your very own functioning world. Populate it with believable characters who drive your plots - and you've got a winning formula for fantasy fiction.

You'll be guided through aspects of daily life you may not have considered but which add to the magic and help your readers believe in your world.

World building takes imagination - but all the hard work has been done for you.

By the end of the course, you'll have a detailed world planned out and dynamic characters you can place in your first novel.

You'll be able to use the techniques, tips and tricks you'll learn on this course throughout your writing career.

Who this course is for:
  • Writers who want to write fantasy fiction.
  • Writers who don't know where to start when it comes to world building.
  • Writers who want to learn more about world building.
  • Writers who are considering writing fantasy fiction.
  • Fantasy writers who are looking for inspiration for their own partially created fictional world.
  • Beginner writers
  • Advanced writers
  • Authors
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 02:18:54
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:03

World building is possible for everyone - whether you have a good imagination or not. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. There are no imitations apart from the ones you set yourself. You can easily re-write history - or create your own. The main thing is you need to create a world where readers won't want to leave - and feel home-sick to go back. This course will show you how to do just that.

Preview 02:03
+ The birth of your world
4 lectures 26:31

The creation of your very own world begins with its birth. How does it come into existence - by accident, or design?

Preview 03:49

Why you need to know what the terrain and atmosphere of your world is like. How the terrain can help you develop a novel in your series.

Preview 09:54
Brainstorm ideas of how you think your world has come to exist. Was it by accident, or design? What does it look like? If you were looking down on your world, what would you see? Do you want to draw on our own world's theories/beliefs, or do you want to be as original as possible?
Brainstorm activity - How your world has come to exist.
1 question

How to come up with a unique name for your world. Why you should have a name for your world as soon as possible.

Name your world

Why a map to a fantasy author is the most important thing. How maps can help you plan a series, not just a book.

Map your world
+ Society
5 lectures 30:40

How you can incorporate your own superstitions on your world to create depth and a sense of everyday life.

Superstitions, customs and traditions

Why you shouldn't overdo the use of your own words/language in fantasy fiction. Important things for you to consider.


Why you as the author are a fashion designer. Why you need to consider uniforms for certain occupations. What are clothes made out of? What footwear do your inhabitants have? Does their clothing keep them alive?


What kind of crime is rife on your world? How are criminals dealt with? Why silly laws can make a lot of sense. What's your justice system like? Life inside a prison.

Crime and punishment and Law and order
Create a wanted poster for a character you've created so you will have to think about what your character looks like and a possible crime they may have committed. Or...have they been framed?
Wanted poster
1 question
This assignment will get you thinking about describing your character to someone who has never met them before. This will help you when you have to describe them to your readers.
Eye witness
1 question

Does your world have a vote? Who are the main political parties? Is your world on the brink of a revolution so they can secure a vote? is there any cheating?

Politics and democracy
+ History
2 lectures 13:33

Why your world's past is important. Who rules your world? Ancient feuds and invasions. Plagues and disasters and how you can use them to shake things up on your world that aren't working too well. Allies and enemies, weapons and armour. How our world's history can be a good starting point for your own world's.

History, Wars and rulers

What do your inhabitants believe in? Does everyone believe the same, or do different countries have different beliefs?

+ Everyday lives
7 lectures 33:06

How advanced is the medicine on your world? Are there any diseases they don't have a cure for? How do they treat dental problems and broken bones? Do you have medical people or do they rely on witches/alchemists?

Medicine and diseases

Why a currency of some description is important. Counterfeiting and the criminal masterminds. Imports and exports. Occupations - dream jobs and nightmare jobs.


What are the most important jobs on your world? Is the economy stable or unstable?


How are your inhabitants educated? Do you have schools/universities etc? How are wizards and witches taught? Do you have books/written language?


Do your inhabitants have to expect the unexpected on a daily basis? How you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Daily dangers your characters face.

Everyday perils

What do your inhabitants eat and drink? Traditional meals. Create an imaginary menu. Why a pub is a good idea.

Food and drink
Create an imaginary menu for your world that you might find in a pub/cafe or its equivalent. Make up fictional ingredients and names for the dishes. Draw the food. Add prices in your world's currency.
What's on the menu?
1 question

How do your inhabitants travel around? Are they explorers? What is the cutting edge of invented transportation? Do you have public transport?

+ Characters
3 lectures 18:15

Complete a character profile. Why you should draw your characters. Types of characters every novel needs.

Create characters

Why it's not enough to just think up a brilliant unique name for a character and know what they look like. Why you need to know how your characters will react in stressful situations. Why adjectives are a good idea. Why characters need to be individuals.

Character traits
This assignment will get you to think about your character in more depth. The character profile sheet is an interview you conduct with your character and it will help you to develop them further so they have a past, a personality/thoughts etc.
Who are you?
1 question

What creatures do you have on your world? What role do they play in society?

+ News, music and views
3 lectures 13:07

Why news is important on any world - and how fast and how far it travels. How accurate is the news story? Does the press have freedom? Who decides on what's news? Does the news reach everyone it needs to?

This assignment will get you to think creatively about events that could happen on your world with little or no warning. Your inhabitants need to know about it - which is where a newspaper comes in.
Hold the front page!
1 question

Does death exist? Is Death a character on your world? Is there an afterlife? How being dead might not mean readers will never hear from a character again.

Views on death and the after life

Does your world have magic? Is it good, bad or in between? What are the rules of magic and why are they important? What are the consequences of magic falling into the wrong hands? Who trains characters to use magic?

+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:39

Congratulations on completing the course! Now you can start your first fantasy novel...