Building Imaginary Worlds

Conference Workshop

This workshop picks up where Intro to Speculative Fiction leaves off and focuses on world-building

as a jumping off place for endless storytelling. It is recommended, but not required, to attend the Intro session on Friday first, especially if you aren’t familiar with the elements of speculative fiction. Many authors have built multiple series stemming from one imagined world, but what does it take to create a full-scale imaginary world and how do you make yours so enticing readers won’t want to leave? Attendees will discuss various types of imaginary worlds and learn exercises for generating “new world” ideas as well as different ways to approach the speculative elements. They will leave with a list of exercises to flesh out the story using the contents for their World Book. Doing the work in advance will not only save writers a hassle later, the process itself is ultimately inspiring.