ClassWriting the Fantasy World
In this class, we'll learn how important geography is to our stories by building workable fantasy worlds for our characters to live in. We'll start with drawing out maps of the place we'd like our characters to inhabit, with special attention given to geographical features such as waterways, mountains, and even nearby planetary bodies that can be incorporated into our stories. We'll talk about the common-sense rules of writing place-based fiction (ranging from the basic laws of science to the physical limitations of characters), and how to step outside those rules to make our stories even more interesting. We'll look at classic examples of place-based fiction, from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series to Jules Feiffer's The Phantom Tollbooth to the DragonLance, World of Thrones, and Raggedy Ann & Andy series. Classic fairy tales will also be used as examples of place-based fiction.