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Writing Great Fantasy: World Building Workshop

Writing fantasy: The step-by-step method to writing a believable and compelling world that will enchant your readers

4.56 / 5.0
10572 students4 hours 23 minutes

Created by Jason Link, offered on Udemy

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8.4/10

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9/10

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Overall score

8.4/10

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Description

As a fantasy writer, you want to take your readers to exotic places like they’ve never seen before, a world of wonder that they want to get lost in.

Here at the World Building Workshop for Fantasy Writing, that’s my aim. By the end of this course, you will have created a believable and compelling world that your readers will want to get lost in again and again.

"The World Building Workshop for Fantasy Writing" is taught by me, Jason Link, the author of the Legender series, an epic adventure that Publishers Weekly calls a grand fairytale.

For the last 20 years I have been practicing the art of world building in fantasy literature, and in this course, I share with you the insights I've gained on that journey. Years and years of research compiled in one place.

The massive task of world building has been broken down into manageable chunks and follows a logical flow.

In this course, you will...

  • map out your world -- natural features (mountains, rivers, forests, etc.) and people made features (countries, cities, and roads)
  • plan out your world's timeline to get the big picture of your world's story
  • create fantastic creatures that survive in your world's habitats 
  • develop peoples and races and establish their societies and cultures
  • form a healthy relationship between your world and your story
  • learn crucial concepts used all throughout the world building process
  • learn how to establish rules for your world so your world is more believable
  • learn how to create a world of depth so your world is more compelling
  • learn how to create meaningful names for the various people, places, and things in your world

By the end of this course, you will have a believable and compelling world that will enchant your readers.

Praise for Jason's course "World Building for Beginners":

  • "This was a great course! I wrote so many notes down. Each video in each section had so many helpful tips, examples and resources. Well made! This was very motivating. You are very supportive! Thank you!"
  • "This course has gone over in a brief time what I spent the last year learning. Great stuff!"
  • "A good introduction to understanding, developing, and leveraging the relationship of your invented world to the story you write. There are interesting and insightful references in the course that help you develop your new world and story."


Praise for the world building done by Jason Link:

  • "I am not one to lightly compare a fantasy author to Tolkien, for so few have succeeded in creating such vast worlds and peoples as Tolkien did, and even fewer have produced Tolkien's world-spanning mythology. Jason Link has created a vast and beautiful world, peopling it with fantastic creatures and races, while deeply respecting the spiritual underpinnings of the world he has created."
  • "Perhaps the best part of reading was that feeling you get when you are immersed into a different world, which is exactly what Link has built. There are cultures, geographies, languages, and creatures that come together to make a fun yet deeply sophisticated world. In this way, The Legender reminded me of the greats like Tolkien."
  • "The author did a wonderful job of painting a captivating picture of the world of The Legender for us. Although it is a world totally different from our own, I felt connected to it and completely intrigued by the characters, scenery, creatures and story."
  • "The fantasy world that the author draws you into is described in such beautiful detail that it is both believable and compelling. The characters are well-developed and intriguing, and the story definitely picks up the pace as you move along. I will admit that the new creatures are very different from what is seen in other fantasy novels, but the author does a wonderful job of describing these creatures in such a way that your imagination easily fills in the picture."
  • "Jason Link has a gift for not only creating a captivating new world, filled with creatures and cultural practices a reader has never thought of, but also maintaining a consistent and believable voice throughout the twists and turns of the story."
  • "A created world such as this has room for tomes and tomes of adventures and histories for its readers."


Do you wish readers to have a similar reaction to the world of your story?

If so, join me in this course so I can show you how to create a believable and compelling world that will enchant your readers--a world your readers will want to get lost in again and again. 

Check out the free previews to get a sample of what you'll learn and then enroll to get started world building today!


What you will learn

  • Build a believable and compelling world for a fantasy story
  • Map out your world -- natural features (mountains, rivers, forests, etc.) and people made features (countries, cities, and roads)
  • Create fantastic creatures that survive in your world's habitats
  • Develop peoples and races and establish their societies and cultures
  • Plan out your world's timeline to get the big picture of your world's story
  • Form a healthy relationship between your world and your story
  • Learn crucial concepts used all throughout the world building process
  • Learn how to establish rules for your world so your world is more believable
  • Learn how to create a world of depth so your world is more compelling
  • Learn how to create meaningful names for the various people, places, and things in your world

Requirements

  • A great imagination and a willingness to put in the work!
  • A notebook or word processor
  • A basic knowledge of fantasy literature and media is helpful but not necessary
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  • Price: $84.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 4 hours 23 minutes
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bestcourses score: 8.4/10

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