Worldbuilding in Science Fiction (with James Cambias) - ONLINE
In this three-hour workshop, writers will be guided through the basics of fictional worldbuilding, with a focus on science fiction and alien worlds. The class will feature a lecture on worldbuilding and how it relates to stories, followed by an in-class team project to create an alien planet. Perfect for fiction writers or game creators at all levels who want to develop or improve their worldbuilding skills. All levels. Limited to 10 writers.
WHEN: Saturday, April 17 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference (live)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
JAMES CAMBIAS is a science fiction writer and game designer, with four novels and eight full-length game sourcebooks published, along with two dozen short stories, and scores of game articles and collaborations. Some of his game projects are particularly relevant: in GURPS Space Fourth Edition for Steve Jackson Games (2006), Star HERO for HERO Games (2002), and his contributions to the Star Trek Roleplaying Game for Last Unicorn Games (1998-1999). He wrote extensively on worldbuilding for science fiction. In short, he literally wrote the book on worldbuilding, three times. He also holds a degree in History of Science from the University of Chicago.
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