Worldbuilding 101. 

Game of Thrones, Bridgerton, Hunger Games, Shadow and Bone: what do these series have in common?

Complex, detailed, and believable fictional worlds that readers/viewers obsess over. 

The primary motivation of your readers is to escape into an imaginary world they can believe in. In short—awesome worlds sell books.

Worldbuilding is a critical skill for every fiction writer to hone, regardless of genre. But creating an entire believable universe for your characters, story, and setting to occupy can set you up for serious frustration and overwhelm if you’re not prepared. In this course, you will: 

  • Learn why and how your motivation for writing your book has a direct impact on your worldbuilding.
  • Learn ways to stay focused while completing worldbuilding tasks (including research, daydreaming, etc) without falling down endless rabbit holes—and while retaining your sense of fun and joy. 
  • Complete in-class writing exercises to help you hone these skills, and receive a copy of Erin’s Worldbuilding Workbook so you can continue the work on your own. 

Erin Michelle Gibes is a writer, certified book coach, & project manager for writers who need practical, realistic strategies for translating their otherworldly dreams into a polished manuscript. Her specialties are helping writers with structure, pacing, worldbuilding, and staying true to their instincts as storytellers. As a victim/survivor of abuse, Erin has developed a fascination with power dynamics and how they work, along with a deep commitment to upending them at every level—especially in the world of publishing. Erin holds a master’s degree in education; her fiction has been published (as Erin Jendras) in Cicada magazine, the Not Your Average Monster Anthology Vol. II, Devilfish Review, and others; she has also written on narcissism and the cycle of abuse on medium.com

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons