Writing and Worldbuilding Workshop Schedule!
 
Welcome all, patrons and guests! One of the privileges of being a patron is access to bi-weekly writing and worldbuilding workshop posts (alternating weeks). Below, take a look at the upcoming topics planned for each series!


WRITING WORKSHOP

JANUARY: GETTING STARTED

FEBRUARY: DRAFTING

  • February 3rd: *Stares Blankly*: How To Get Words on the Page
  • February 17th: The Battle Plan: Can I Start at the End?

MARCH: STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES

  • March 3rd: Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Points of View
  • March 17th: Yesterday or Today: Choosing Tenses

APRIL: PACING

  • April 7th: Shaping Your Story: Plot Patterns and How They Work
  • April 21st: Nail-Biting: Putting Tension in Your Writing

MAY: CONFLICT

  • May 5th: An Enemy of Convenience: Avoiding Cheap Conflicts
  • May 19th: Inside and Out: Balancing Internal and External Conflict in a Narrative

JUNE: CHARACTER

  • June 2nd: Journey to the Past: The Character Before the Story 
  • June 16th:  It's the Little Things That Count: How Details Enrich a Character  
  • June 30th: Flip a Coin: Understanding Character Decision Making

JULY: READING TO WRITE

  • July 14th: A Spring of Influence: Reading Well to Write Well
  • July 28th: The Upside Down: How We Can Learn from Bad Books

AUGUST: GETTING STUCK

  • August 11th: Writing Around the Story: How to Beat Writer's Block and Still be Productive
  • August 25th: Put it in Reverse: When to Backup and Change Course

SEPTEMBER: AFTER THE ROUGH DRAFT

  • September 8th: It's Garbage, but It's My Garbage: Staying Positive After a Rough Draft
  • September 22nd: Writing Tribbles: How Many Rough Drafts Will it Take?

OCTOBER: REREADING YOUR WORK

  • October 6th: MY EYES!!!: What to Look For When Rereading Your Work
  • October 20th: Understanding the Enemy: Strategizing for the Editing Stage

NOVEMBER: THE CARE AND KEEPING OF THE WRITER

  • November 3rd: Writer's Block Tango: How to Avoid Writing Guilt
  • November 17th: Now Breathe: Resting as a Part of Writing

DECEMBER: EDITING

  • December 1st: The First Strike: Implementing Your Editing Strategy
  • December 15th: Turning the Crystal: How a New Format Can Assist Editing
  • December 29th: Leaving the Writer Cave: When to Share Your Work/How to Find Beta Readers


WORLDBUILDING WORKSHOP


JANUARY: SETTING OUT

  • January 13th: Chicken and Egg: How Setting and Story Interact
  • January 27th: Setting Out: Where to Begin with Worldbuilding

FEBRUARY: FANTASY

  • February 10th: What If?: Discovering (Im)Possibilities in Fantasy
  • February 24th: Mirror, Mirror: How Like Our World is Your Fantasy World?

MARCH: MAGIC SYSTEMS:

  • March 10th: Playing by the Rules: No, You Can't Just Do What You Want
  • March 24th: The Leaky Cauldron: Magic and Society

APRIL: SOCIAL SYSTEMS:

  • April 14th: Long Live the King?: Different Styles of Government
  • April 28th: The Daily Grind: Everyday Life for Your Characters

MAY: RELIGION

  • May 12th: When They Severed Earth from Sky: Creation Myths
  • May 26th: Appropriation Alert!: Using Caution When Designing Religions

JUNE: BEYOND THE "NORM"

  • June 9th: "Historical Accuracy!!!": aka, People of Color Have Always Existed
  • June 25th: Breaking the Binary: Beating Hetero- and Cis-Normativity in Your World

JULY: BUILDING OUR WORLD

  • July 14th: Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Worldbuilding Considerations in a Contemporary Setting
  • July 28th: Under the Rug: Acknowledging Real-World Matters

AUGUST: GEOGRAPHY

  • August 11th: But Rivers Don't Work Like That: Remembering the Obvious
  • August 25th: That's Logistics: Negotiating Travel and Geography

SEPTEMBER: LANGUAGES

  • September 8th: It's All Greek to Me: Avoiding the "Common Tongue" Trope
  • September 22nd: Untranslatable Words: Language and Worldview

OCTOBER: FOLKLORE

  • October 6th: When A Pot is Not Just a Pot: Material Culture and Worldbuilding
  • October 20th: Gather 'Round the Fire: Telling Stories in Your World

NOVEMBER: INCORPORATING DETAIL

  • November 10th: Your Book is Not a Travel Brochure: Balancing Story and Worldbuilding
  • November 24th: Eagle Eyes: How to Use Small Details to Say Much

DECEMBER: COMMUNITY

  • December 8th: My First-Cousin Twice Removed: How Family Builds a World
  • December 22nd: Winterfest, or Knock-Off Christmas: How to Be Creative with Holidays

I'm looking forward to this year's series, and I hope you find each post informative and helpful to your own writing processes. These are subject to change, but I plan to stick pretty close to this. If you have any questions or anything in particular you'd like to see, feel free to reach out! Remember, Writing Workshop posts are available to $5+ patrons and Worldbuilding Workshop posts are available to $10+ patrons. See you here each Saturday at noon in 2018!

Best,

Sarah Viehmann