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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Creating New Worlds in Fiction

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Whether it’s science fiction or autofiction, flash fiction or a series of novels, every story needs to build a world their reader can believe in. And a story’s setting is much more than just a backdrop—it is geography and history, politics and culture, language and ideas—and fully imagining our story worlds can help us writers better understand the characters who inhabit them, and develop plots rich with novelty and surprise. In this seminar, we will talk about how we can design settings our readers can believe in, and harness the worlds we create to explore the bounds of what is possible for our stories. You’ll hear advice from N. K. Jemison and Charles Yu, look at examples by Weike Wang, Annie Proulx and Samuel Beckett, and develop new worlds of your own via a series of writing exercises. Whether you want to enhance the world of an existing story, or build a new one from scratch, you will emerge armed with concrete strategies for how to imagine a whole universe into being.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!