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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam: Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction

The Writer's Garret

Instructor: Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, April 6)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)

Hogwarts, Middle-earth, Westeros, Arrakis, Earthsea: these are some of the fictional worlds that have felt as real to us as our own. Writing in the speculative fiction genres--fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and fabulism alike--often require the writer to play creator not only of characters but also of whole worlds, whole cultures. A well-built world can transport a reader, while mistakes in worldbuilding can break a reader's concentration. In this course, we'll discuss various elements one must consider when crafting worlds. We will run through several writing exercises to start building world through description, then we'll drop our characters into these worlds to see how and with what they interact.

About the Instructor

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies both literary and speculative such as Clarkesworld, Hobart, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her fantasy novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. Released in 2015, her collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters centered on the theme of strong women making unconventional choices. She also created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth.

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