Worldbuilding in Fiction and Nonfiction

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
Class Multigenre Rectangle

Every storyteller hopes to draw readers into a world that seems real. How does a writer build a convincing world or evocatively render a real, specific place? We’ll figure out how it’s done by closely reading excerpts of fiction and nonfiction (i.e. Jesmyn Ward, Ha Jin, Chekhov, David Mitchell, Sarah Broom, Anuk Arudpragasam). Then we’ll try our hand with a variety of writing exercises that hone in on specificity, how to organize detail, and the relationship between point of view and description. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will come away with an enlivened sense of how to build vivid, emotive worlds in their work, places that are both convincing and active parts of their story.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

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