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The Devil's in the Detail: Worldbuilding in Prose

Setting plays an important role in prose work, whether it's in a whole-world build in a high fantasy, a re-build in historical fiction, or a real-world touch in memoir. Readers become invested through sensory detail and singular details that stand-in for whole systems. In this workshop, you will study some of the masters of world building, such as Garth Nix and Phillipa Gregory, and then practice applying detail-oriented world building through targeted prompts and exercises.

Instructor: J.L. Scott lives in and writes from rural Ohio. She holds a BA, MA and MFA in fiction and teaches writing for the Correctional Education program at Ashland University. She is also a Team Leader and mentor at Pen Parentis and a prose editor at Mom Egg Review. She has appeared at Inkubator, the free writer's conference hosted by Literary Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio as well as the Youngstown Fall Lit Fest. Her writing can be found at places like Typishly and The Black Fork Review. ---

Details: The Devil's in the Detail: Worldbuilding in Prose meets Saturdays March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 20 from 10-11:30am online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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