ONSITE: Writing Worlds: Worldbuilding in Science Fiction, Fantasy + Other Genres

Now is the perfect time to work on your epic fantasy novel, sci-fi video game, or tabletop roleplaying game, and this course can help you break ground. We will talk about the principles of good worldbuilding, read excerpts from stories that do it well, and write and workshop pieces as a class. You will leave with a chapter-length piece of writing in your setting and the skills you need to reliably create rich settings in a variety of genres.

Special Notes

  • This class will require short assignments outside of class, usually writing pieces to discuss in class.

    This is an ONSITE course. All onsite students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students are expected to adhere to our COVID-19 policies. Onsite courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. For more info please visit

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
About the Instructor

Rose Szabo

Rose holds an MA in English from the University of Maine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. They teach at VCU, and also offer the class Writing Worlds: Worldbuilding in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Other Genres at the Visual Arts Center. They live in Richmond with an indeterminate number of cats. Their novel, What Big Teeth, is forthcoming from FSG-Young Readers in Spring 2021.

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ONSITE: Writing Worlds: Worldbuilding in Science Fiction, Fantasy + Other Genres

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Class Details
July 27 - August 316 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $175.00
Member Tuition: $157.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Rose Szabo
Level: Beginner to Intermediate