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Worldbuilding: Outside and In

with Scott Driscoll

Genres: Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Online

Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: July 30, 2024
End Date: September 3, 2024
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
 
General Price: $386.00

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“When I asked an editor at a publishing house what would most likely encourage her to pull a manuscript out of the stack for a closer review, she said, unhesitatingly, ‘A story that invites me into its world, that's the one I'll notice. I also want to fall in love with the characters, but first I have to feel invited in.’” – Scott Driscoll, Hugo House instructor 

In this six-week worldbuilding workshop, learn how to organize and manage worldbuilding details, use place as an active character, and use your characters’ interior history and motivations to influence their actions. We’ll explore best practices for observing and building exterior worlds, creating a defined sense of place and culture. We’ll also practice controlling narrative distance, moving smoothly between wide-angled world views and close-up character shots. After that, we'll dive into the rich interior world of your characters—exploring needs, fears, repressed desires, and wounds your character hides—and discover new ways to help your characters’ interiority manifest in their exterior world. Leave with the necessary knowledge and skills to invite readers into your world. 

This class includes:  

  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft. 
  • Feedback from both peers and instructor.  
  • 2-3 hours of reading and/or writing outside of class 

Registration Dates:  

  • June 25: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 2: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 9: Last day of early bird registration 
Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor (UW, Educational Outreach Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), and his debut novel, Better You Go Home, was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner. He was the 1989 winner of the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

Describe your teaching style!

We start by reading examples of the discussion subject for that day, then I go over that element of craft and we discuss it some more and look at further examples. This will usually be followed by a writing prompt or two for practice. Some classes will finish with workshopping and peer review for those who volunteer to submit.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

Sliding-scale classes are offered every quarter. Find them in our Class Catalog.

We announce flash sales, early bird periods, and special deals through our e-newsletter; sign up at the bottom of this page.

At this time, we offer payment plans on classes 8 sessions and up. Email education@hugohouse.org with the name of the class you’re interested in to set up a payment plan.

Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy here.

In general, we do not record classes. However, an exception if a student has specific access needs.

We encourage students to only sign up for classes that fit with their schedule.   

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.

Hugo House members get to register early for classes – a full week before they open to the general public!, receive a 10% discount on events and classes, and more. See the full list of membership benefits here!

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If you’re interested in contributing your skills, Hugo House accepts volunteer applications for a variety of roles, including event support, administrative tasks, and more. Learn more on our Volunteer page.

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