Writing fantasy stories
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW144
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course coaches students on how to write fiction in the fantasy genre. Students will explore the tropes of the form and discuss approaches to world-building, characterisation, structure and language as appropriate to their story. Students will also be offered guidance on how to bend the traditional elements of the genre to create fresh, innovative stories that will engage the reader.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- What are the key tropes of the fantasy genre?
- How can these tropes be twisted in innovative ways?
- Approaches to world-building in fantasy stories.
- Approaches to characterisation in fantasy stories.
- Approaches to structure and language in fantasy stories.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how to manipulate core tropes of the fantasy genre.
- Develop a central character for your fantasy stories.
- Experiment with world-building in your fantasy stories.
- Experiment with approaches to structure and language in fantasy stories.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is best suited for students who have completed one of our Ways Into Creative Writing courses or have some introductory writing experience elsewhere.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be a taught through a mix of individual, pair and group work, tutor instruction, in-class writing exercises and text analysis.
Homework may be set between sessions to help students develop their writing discipline.
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?
Please bring pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit run a range of day workshops in the fantasy genre. Why not try writing myths, writing and rewriting fairytales, or writing magical realism? Browse the writing section of our website for more information.
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.
Mary Victoria spent ten years as an animator in the VFX industry before publishing her first three fantasy novels with HarperCollins Australia: Tymon’s Flight, Samiha’s Song and Oracle’s Fire. Samiha’s Song went on to win the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel. She now lives and works in London, where she caters to one teen and a particularly feckless cat. You can find out more about Mary Victoria’s stories on https://maryvictoria.co.uk/
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.