Fantasy Workshop: World Building

Saturday, November 5 - 10:00 AM

What is on the menu for tea-time in Hobbiton? Why is having a centaur as a weekend guest a "very serious thing indeed?" What's a good time of day to meet with a vampire? What magical herbs might your next-door neighbor witch have in their garden? Details matter. They reveal a time, a place, a culture—all of which are vital in the creation of a believable fantasy world, whether it's high or low fantasy, medievalesque or contemporary or....


In this two-day workshop, we will discuss the answers to the above questions and other examples of world building presented in Tolkien, Lewis, Le Guin, and others, in both high and low fantasy. We will work on world building in the first class, and present and critique our work in the second class.


At the end of the seminar, the goal is for students to have made or written:

  • Map (rough draft). Optional.
  • The beginning of a story or a scene, in details that reveal some aspects of the imagined world and the people who inhabit it.

Instructor: Warren Rochelle

Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


WriterHouse, Inc.

Date / Time

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


(434) 282-6643
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