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12 June @ 18:00 - 20:00
World building can seem like a daunting task. How do we develop new kingdoms, cultures or locations in our writing and where do we start?
Join Gareth Baker as he guides you through the process of creating convincing, cohesive civilisations and locations using a range of fun and practical activities.
Whether you are an experienced writer or just beginning your adventure into creating whole worlds and fantastical settings, Gareth’s workshop will guide you on the path to developing usable ideas for your writing projects.
You will begin by creating a location (a kingdom, realm or smaller place i.e. Hogwarts), drawing a map, and developing culture by exploring music, food, religion, art and clothing. You’ll move on to think about traditions and mythology and how this all ties together.
The workshop is suitable for people who write for adults or children. It’s even suitable for children!
- Generate usable ideas that may be the basis of future work or a work in progress
- Create a map of a location
- Use the environment of the location to create a culture considering the impact of the locality, past and mythology
- Begin to consider how this will impact on your story in a meaningful, entertaining way
Gareth has written and independently published 14 books. In 2018 he was the winner of the NWS Output Award. Focusing primarily on writing for children, he has written two thrillers set in Nottingham, one of which came runner-up in the NWS Book of the Year (fiction) and two wuxia (think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) novellas. Gareth is a qualified teacher with over twenty years of experience. He is a Patron of Reading in six primary schools across the East Midlands.
Book your place
The price of this session is £12 for NWS members and £18 general admission. Book your place, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.