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Worldbuilding: Develop a Believable Fantasy or Science Fiction World (Flex)

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, history, magic, technology, and more - like J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.
Lauren Orcutt
55 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
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Over 6 weeks
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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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 different elements of worldbuilding. Depending on how detailed you want your fictional world to be, this may be long, short, or unnecessary for each element. (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 1-4 hours in addition to the class videos each week.
Learners will be taking notes (writing about their elements) on the Padlet, but I recommend also taking more detailed notes in a binder or in a document.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will give written feedback - questions, compliments, and suggestions - on Padlet, FlipGrid, and the Outschool classroom each week. On the last week of class, when you present a 300-word synopsis of your world, I will give more detailed written feedback on its strengths, its creativity, and ways to improve it. 
No live meetings, 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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