Building Your World
A world can be vast as Middle-Earth or small as a New England town, a household, a room. A world can be a time in history, or the inside of your character’s head. To master even one fictional world, to know and write your invented realm completely, is formidable and complex. How do you come to truly know it, and how do you write it in a way that is natural and inherent to the story and not simply dumping information on the reader?
In this 4-week workshop, we'll examine iconic examples of world-building, practice in-class exercises based on readings, and discuss the developing worlds of our peers. Writers will learn how to build a world unique to their vision and make others see it, in artful glimpses, with awareness of pacing and suspense.
Daniel Levine is the author of the novel Hyde, a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of Washington Post's 5 Best Thrillers of 2014. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Brown University and received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida. He has taught composition and creative writing at high schools and universities, including the University of Florida, Montclair State University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the University of Colorado. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Boulder, Colorado.