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Worldbuilding: Develop a Believable Fantasy or Science Fiction Setting (Camp)

Before you write a short story or novel (or even design a video game), spend some time world-building: develop your fictional world’s terrain, creatures, customs, history, magic, technology, and more - like J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.
Lauren Orcutt
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70 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will develop a rich, detailed, realistic, and wholly original fictional world that they can use for writing a story or book or video game plot.
The homework is simply fleshing out the ideas we started or learned about in class. Depending on how detailed you want your fictional world to be, this may be long, short, or unnecessary for each element of worldbuilding. (You may spend a long time developing a language, but give your world an economy like ours so that you don’t need to develop a separate one.) 

Expect to spend about 15-90 minutes outside of class each day. Or, if you prefer, you could finish developing your ideas after the camp ends.
Students will need something to write on - paper, notepad, or a separate device - so that they can jot down ideas even when they’re looking at the slideshows and talking with other learners. I recommend a binder with tabs or a doc with section headings to organize the different worldbuilding elements, especially if you think your world will be pretty detailed.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
If you submit a conworld synopsis (a brief summary of each major element) at the end of the class, I will give written feedback on its strengths, its creativity, and ways you could improve or develop it further. 
5 hours 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Lauren Orcutt“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London
55 total reviews
35 completed classes

About Me

I’ve been teaching ELA classes for a decade, and it has been a true pleasure! I believe all learning should be a pleasure, too, and a good teacher can help her students find satisfaction in learning. I specialize in writing, research, literature,... 
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