Monday, February 8, 2016

Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

A captivating and unique world is what sets science fiction and fantasy apart from all other
genres. Whether you are writing hard sci-fi or a YA fantasy and are a beginning or experienced author, a complete world in which your story can unfold is essential. Spending time developing an authentic universe will provide a foundation for story to unfold—be it over the course of a single novel, a trilogy, or a longer series!

In this original workshop, The New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans, author of The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Adams Media 2010), gets into some detailed techniques for creating worlds for fantasy and science fiction stories, novels, screenplays, and games, and how those elements can best serve the most important aspects of your writing: characters and story. 

What you'll learn:

How to build an authentic and consistent world for your sci-fi or fantasy story.
How to set up the “rules” of your world.
How to create gripping and meaningful monsters or aliens.
How to craft a culture that feels as if it were real.
How to make a government and religion to impose order in your world.
How to use your world to benefit your story.
Philip Athans<
Philip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting, former senior managing editor for TSR/Wizards of the Coast, and the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other fantasy and horror books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and the recently-released Devils of the Endless Deep.

He contributed an article on the state of the genres to the upcoming Writer’s Digest Books release of Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and and recently completed Writing Monsters, also for Writer's Digest Books. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, is updated every Tuesday.