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World Building for Fantasy Writers

Create a Believable and Compelling World that Will Enchant Your Readers
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Created by Jason Link
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I 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
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  • 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!

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 is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:31:55
1 Lecture 02:12
The Art of World Building
6 Lectures 32:48
Section Introduction: Putting Tools on Your Belt

A Compelling World

Rules = Believable

Homework: Evaluating a Fantasy World
The Process
5 Lectures 21:33
Section Introduction: Knowing the Terrain Ahead

A Changing World

Learning Outside Fantasy

Homework: Your Experiences

The Work and the End Goal
3 Lectures 08:14
Section Introduction: Filling in the Blanks


Homework: Originality of Names
Your World and Your Story
5 Lectures 26:03
Section Introduction: Writing in Relationship

The Primacy of Story

The Unseen World

Learning from the Greats: Quotes on World Building

Homework: Story/World Analysis
1 Lecture 00:59
Conclusion: Go Out and Build Your World!
1 Lecture 00:12
Bonus Resources
About the Instructor
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Author, Instructor, Speaker

I’m Jason Link, the author of the Legender series, an epic adventure that Publishers Weekly calls a grand fairytale.

My readers tell me time and time again how fascinating they find the world of my story to be. Some even say that it has the complexity and intrigue of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.

For the last 20 years I’ve been practicing the art of world building in fantasy literature

One of my passions is sharing the craft of story with those who want to learn.

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