Craft Talk

Master Class: Worldbuilding Workshop

Matt Bell

In this class, you’ll learn a variety of approaches to worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy, building on examples from writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, N.K. Jemisin, China Miéville, Octavia E. Butler, and others. We’ll discuss overall approaches to designing fictional worlds, including how to make imagined worlds vivid to readers, then put our ideas into practice with in-class exercises on inventing magic systems and technologies, designing aliens and monsters, and other topics. Whatever stage of your worldbuilding project you’re in, you’ll leave our session with new ideas and new writing bringing you ever closer to fully realizing your own imagined world.

Class Details

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: All levels

Format: Craft talk with Q&A.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 50 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a generative fiction writing workshop or feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 5.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Saturday, February 18, 2023
12:00 pm
3:00 PM
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Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novels Appleseed (a New York Times Notable Book of 2021), Scrapper (a Michigan Notable Book), and In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award). His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Esquire, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Cleveland, OH

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