ClassBOUNDARIES & BORDERS: Worldbuilding—Borders and Fences
Whether it’s the whitewashed fence in the backyard of your youth or the two-hundred-foot wall of ice on the edge of civilization, the borders in the stories we write become a critical element in the settings we create. They’re the backdrops that define our civilizations and the barriers that represent our individual struggle against containment.
In this class, we'll study elements of worldbuilding, with a special focus on borders and walls. We’ll discuss what they mean in our stories and what kinds of stories lend themselves to borders and barriers. The border can represent not only the tone of the setting, but also the internal struggles of the characters crossing them. Is this a barrier that keeps things out, or one that holds us in? What holds us back in a world without fences?
This class will be equal parts instruction on craft and guided discussion; writers will leave with new ideas about how to apply the worldbuilding of borders to their work.