About this course

The videos included in this course are recordings of a live class. The instructor is not available for questions or feedback at this time.

The focus of this class on worldbuilding is on core techniques of the milieu that help ground a vibrant setting that feels alive and established, that the characters in the story interact and engage with. The power is in the details, in the fundamentals that help frame and situate the narrative, creating a persuasive secondary reality.

This class will focus on the aspects of geography, history, and culture, with activities geared towards engaging the participants for each aspect.

Topics Covered

  • Worldbuilding

Student Takeaways

  • How to create persuasive settings by focusing on the fundamentals of worldbuilding

Duration of Class

75 minutes

About Dean Francis Alfar

Dean Francis Alfar is an author and advocate of speculative fiction. His books include the novel Salamanca; short fiction collections The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, How to Traverse Terra Incognita,  A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories, and Stars in Jars; and the children’s book How Rosang Taba Won A Race. As an editor and anthologist, he is the founder of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, and the editor of anthologies including Fantasy: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, and Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction 1 & 2, , among others.

Dean’s short stories have been anthologized internationally, in books such as The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, as well as in various magazines and online publications.

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