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Worldbuilding 101

Creating the World of your Novel (Regardless of Genre)

All fiction writers are worldbuilders. Whether you write contemporary urban romances or futuristic space operas, you create the world in which your reader will live while reading your story.

Creating a believable story means creating a believable setting. In this course you will learn how to build the world for your story. Topics include:

  • Physical Setting
  • Geography
  • Climate
  • Using "Real" Places
  • Institutional Setting
  • Social Setting
  • Cultural Setting
  • Magical Worlds
  • Extraterrestrial Worlds
  • Research for Worldbuilding

This course begins November 21 with new lessons appearing weekly. You can work at your own pace or follow the lessons as they appear. The instructor is available for help.


Your Instructor


Terri L. Main
Terri L. Main

Terri Main has written and published most types of literature including novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction books, magazine articles, stage plays, video scripts, and radio drama. She has published more than 60 books. She has also taught writing and communication studies for more than 30 years. She can do, but she also can teach.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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