World Building Strategist
Author and world building strategist Randy Ellefson has been building worlds since the late 1980s and brings his extensive experience and passion to this course. His popular, six-volume series, The Art of World Building, is the inspiration and includes an extensive blog and a podcast with scores of episodes (and over 40,000 downloads).
NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, and Ed Greenwood, the legendary creator of The Forgotten Realms and dozens of imaginary worlds, have praised the books, calling them "indispensable" and Ellefson a "master of his craft."
While Ellefson has created multiple worlds, he's also spent 3 decades on a single planet. In doing so, he's created seven unique species (in addition to humans), with multiple races of each. Few have his extensive experience.
Ellefson has authored and/or published a dozen non-fiction books, multiple fantasy novels, and over a dozen stories, three of which were recognized by the prestigious Writers of the Future contest.