Nebula Finalist Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam teaches us how to create new worlds of science fiction and fantasy that suspend disbelief. But Early Registration prices only last until midnight tomorrow!
Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction: Hogwarts, Middle-earth, Westeros, Arrakis, Earthsea: these are some of the fictional worlds that have felt as real to us as our own. Writing in the speculative fiction genres–fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and fabulism alike–often require the writer to play creator not only of characters but also of whole worlds, whole cultures. A well-built world can transport a reader, while mistakes in worldbuilding can break a reader’s concentration. In this course, we’ll discuss various elements one must consider when crafting worlds. We will run through several writing exercises to start building world through description, then we’ll drop our characters into these worlds to see how and with what they interact.
Students in this workshop will read and write poems in the confessional tradition. Confessional poetry is often characterized as self-indulgent or too much like a personal diary. This workshop aims to disprove that by highlighting the power of telling the truth and taking risks. We will explore how confessional poetry taps into universal ideas, reaching beyond the concerns of the individual poet. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience.
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