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Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction

Intermediate / Advanced | Whether you’re writing a cyberpunk masterpiece or an intergalactic space opera, worldbuilding is essential to your project. In this class, we’ll examine the physical, emotional, and sociocultural aspects of worldbuilding and how they affect character and plot. In-class exercises will help students refine the world they’re creating and bring it to life.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ruth Joffre

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/06/2019

No Class On: 5/27/2019

End Date: 06/17/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.

Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish

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