How to Worldbuild Like a Pro

Fantasy & sci-fi should have some of the most unique settings out there. So why do authors often fail to deliver on this?

Why are so many fantasy worlds simply re-arranged versions of Europe, or so many sci-fi worlds simply a real-life climate expanded into an entire world?

Speculative fiction often is not as imaginative and unique as it could be.

This is a problem--and in this course I want to teach you how to avoid falling into this trap.

Few things can make your story stand apart from other speculative fiction novels like a unique world.

And few things are as cool as having a really unique fantasy or sci-fi world.

In this course I'm going to explain how to worldbuild deeply in a way that saves time and creates a more unique & interesting fantasy/sci-fi world.

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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses

Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.

Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.

That's what you get in each of these mini courses.

Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.

Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.

Instead, each mini course will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.

Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!


What This Course Covers

This mini course explains how to use guiding principles to make your world unique and imaginative and compelling ways, and then how to apply guiding principles to the three levels of worldbuilding: laws of reality, laws of the world, and laws of culture. Check out the course syllabus to see what you'll be learning.


Do You Want Readers to Remember Your World?

If so, you can't take the easy route in your worldbuilding. You need to invest time in it--and if you're going to invest time in it, you should make sure you're going in the right direction.

I want to help you learn how to effectively worldbuild in a straightforward way.

I spent months studying what bestselling speculative fiction authors did to craft unique worlds in clear, linear ways that cut through the complexities of worldbuilding, and I want to explain those principles to you.

Are you ready to take your worldbuilding skills to the next level?

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Your Instructor

Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf

I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.

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.