World Building for Beginners (Fantasy Writing)
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World Building for Beginners (Fantasy Writing)

Create a Believable and Compelling World that Will Enchant Your Readers
4.2 (66 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,775 students enrolled
Created by Jason Link
Last updated 11/2017
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build a compelling and believable world for a fantasy novel
  • Establish rules for your world
  • Give a sense of depth to your world
  • Assign meaningful names to different parts of your world (i.e. landmarks and invented creatures)
  • Manage a healthy relationship between your world and your story
Requirements
  • Internet (for accessing the lessons)
  • A notebook or word processor (for writing down notes and ideas)
  • A great imagination and a willingness to put in the work!
Description

For the last 20 years I’ve been practicing the art of world building in fantasy literature, and in this online video course, I share with you some of the insights I’ve gained on that journey.

What we'll cover

This course will cover important areas of world building such as:

  • the guidelines for a creating a compelling world
  • how to address the challenge of world building
  • how establishing rules and creating depth will make your world more believable

What you’ll gain

When you have completed the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge of what it takes to build a believable and compelling world for your fantasy story—a world your readers will want to visit again and again.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for writers who are in the beginning stages of creating their fantasy novel.
  • It is also for fantasy writers who feel they need strengthening in the area of creating compelling and believable settings for their stories.
  • This course is not for advanced writers who are well seasoned world builders.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 01:56:13
+ The Art of World Building
6 lectures 30:30
Section Introduction: Putting Tools on Your Belt
00:39
Writing a World Your Audience Wants to Read About
09:37
Why Your World Needs Rules
11:32
Homework: Evaluating a Fantasy World
00:26
+ The Journey Ahead
5 lectures 15:28
Section Introduction: Knowing the Terrain Ahead
00:21
How Your World Will Change
06:27
Why You Need to Learn about Fantasy by Looking Outside of Fantasy
06:45
Homework: Writing Your Experiences
00:23
The Work and the End Goal
01:32
+ Naming
3 lectures 07:26
Section Introduction: Filling in the Blanks
00:24
Names
06:14
Homework: Originality of Names
00:48
+ Making Your Map
8 lectures 26:21
Section Intro: Getting a Sense of Place
00:45
Getting Started
04:11
Mountains
04:09
Kinds of Mountains
00:48
Rivers and Lakes
04:47
Forests
04:44
Kinds of Trees and Forests
01:28
Deserts
05:28
+ Your World and Your Story
5 lectures 33:10
Section Introduction: Building the World/Story Relationship
00:44
Keep Your Story First and Your World Second
03:55
The Parts of Your World Your Readers Never See
05:26
The Art of the Reveal
08:18
Homework: Story/World Analysis
14:47
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 00:58
Conclusion: Go Out and Build Your World!
00:58
+ Bonus
1 lecture 00:11
Bonus Resources
00:11