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Home Away from Home: A Fantasy World-Building Workshop

Description:

This is a three-class workshop bundle!

Instructors: Cait Reynolds and Kim Alexander

Price: $150.00 USD for all three classes

Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom

When:

"From the Ground Up" Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

"Getting to Work" Wednesday, September 20, 2017. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST

"Romps & Revels" Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST


So, you’re writing a fantasy novel. That’s great! But before you put the first spell in the Mage’s mouth or the first sword in the princess’s hand, you have to stop, drop, and roll around in the geography of your bold new world. After all, the better you know the lay of the land, the more at home your readers will be.

This class will look at what goes into the world (literally) beneath your character’s feet.

Topics include:

  • Distance: you can get there from here, but how long will it take?
  • How’s the weather?
  • Making maps work for you: where do you put the mountains?
  • What’s for sale? Import, export and commodity.
  • Portals, Doors, dimensions and realms--pick one (or more!).

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

 

 


If you’re working on a fantasy novel, chances are you’ve already decided what the ‘feel’ of your universe will be. This class will help you turn that feeling into a working, fleshed out civilization.

Before we’re done, you’ll know where your world stands in technological advances, what everyone does for a living, and how they get to work every day.

From the wench in the pub to the backup janitor who cleans the jump-drive, everyone’s got to have a gig.

Topics include:

  • Bronze, stone, atom, or magic? Level up!
  • What do you do all day? Putting your characters to work.
  • How did you get here? From feet to flying cars (or monkeys), pick a ride.
  • Do you take plastic? Economics beyond ye olde marketplace.

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

 


When a bunch of characters get together, the first thing they’ll do (after slaying the dragon/alien/Elder God) is want to kick back. It’s human(ish) nature!

So let’s explore what the denizens of your fantasy world do on their free time. It can be the serious business of organized religion to the even more serious business of sporting events, to the most serious thing of all--fashion.

In this class, we’ll find out what your characters are reading, what they’re eating, and which team they’re rooting for.

Topics include:

  • Celebrity and pop culture - who are the Biebers and Beatles of the world? Why is it important?
  • Ceremony and ritual - religious and/or secular celebrations.
  • What fashion dictates - what your shoes say about you.
  • What is the equivalent of chocolate cake and champagne in your fantasy world, and who gets the first slice?

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

 


About the Instructors:

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in the Boston area with her husband and four-legged fur child. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. When she isn’t cooking, running, rock climbing, or enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes.

 

 

 

 

Kim Alexander lives in Washington DC where she writes epic fantasy and paranormal romance.  These days she divides her time between writing, rooftop gardening, and waiting on her cats.

​Her earlier incarnation co-producing Sirius XM Book Radio gave her a look inside the heads of hundreds of best selling authors, and she's ready to pass on what she learned.

 

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