Writing fantasy: in partnership with the British Library

Course Dates: 16/01/24 - 20/02/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Off Site
Taking place alongside the British Library’s Fantasy exhibition, this course will teach you to write your own fantasy fiction, from casting heroes to crafting believable worlds.
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Writing fantasy: in partnership with the British Library
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  • Course Code: HW671
  • Dates: 16/01/24 - 20/02/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Victoria M. Adams

Course Code: HW671

Finished Tue, eve, 16 Jan - 20 Feb '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Ever wanted to write your own fantasy tale? Here’s your chance to enter the fabulous realm of wizards, warriors and world-building. This craft-centred course gives a taste of all the different aspects of fantasy writing, from creating killer characters to homing in on exactly what makes fantasy worlds so addictive to read. You’ll learn about character motivation, magic systems, tropes, plot structure and more.

This course takes place at the British Library.

What will we cover?

1. Heroes and Villains
- Create a fantasy protagonist with a backstory. What are her dreams? What does she fear?

2. Myth-making
- How does a fantasy hero differ from protagonists in other types of literature? Learn about heroic character arcs.

3. Maps and Monsters
- Identify the emotional core of your world-building and create your own fantasy mood board.

4. Tropes and Magic
- Learn about fantasy tropes. Flex your magic system muscles.

5. Hook and Story
- What is the emotional heart of your story? How will you build tension?

6. Voice
- Explore style and point of view. Who are your readers? How do you want them to feel?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Write a character plan with backstory and motivation.
Craft the beginnings of a wonderful world.
Hone a sense of what makes for a high-stakes adventure.
Develop an idea of who you’re writing for.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all levels, however an interest in fantasy writing would be beneficial as well as some experience of creative writing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will include a mix of group discussions, pair work, personal planning and games.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs a long course in Writing Fantasy Stories, as well as a shorter course in World-building for fantasy and speculative fiction writers. We also have courses in Writing for Video Games, Writing Horror and Writing Science Fiction.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Victoria M. Adams

Victoria M. Adams has worked at various times and in no particular order as an animator, teacher, copywriter and writing coach. At present, she shares her home with two humans and one feline, in the legendary kingdom of Watford, within the mystic circle of the M25. Her latest fantasy title, The House at the End of The Sea, will be available in June 2024 from Andersen Press.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.