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

From World to Scene, from Scene to World

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

In fiction genres that require extensive worldbuilding (speculative fiction, historical fiction, westerns, etc.), writers deal with a constant balancing act. How much time do we spend brainstorming and researching world? How much time do we spend on the actual narrative? Which has to come first? Even for writers who have struck a good balance, these writing modes can develop as two separate straits. The actual process of bringing them together can feel mysterious.

This short class offers a series of exercises that combine the acts of worldbuilding and scene-writing. First, we’ll start with worldbuilding and apply the information we invent directly to scene. In another exercise, we’ll start with scene, uncover elements of the world that still need to be invented, and move into worldbuilding. This two-way process is meant to develop our writing muscles so that when we sit down to write, we can move seamlessly between worldbuilding and narrative, no matter which comes first.

This class is open to writers of all levels and all genres, though the examples will be primarily based in speculative fiction.

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.

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This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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!