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In this invigorating one-day workshop, the poet Ed Steck will explore the concepts of “worldbuilding,” the process of constructing a fictional world, including the political and social atmosphere, history, environmental landscapes, government, and any other expandable concept relevant to the construction of a believable (or unbelievable) world. Worldbuilding is typically used in the composition of science fiction, fantasy, role-playing games, and other genre works. A writer may create maps, legends, glossaries, new languages, customs, and so forth, to initiate the reader into a fully-functioning worldscape. We will observe the world around us, and our movements through it, to create a bank of sensory data that we can use in creating a poem.
This particular version of the workshop will include a focus on exercises, tactics, and ideas behind enacting worldbuilding ideas while interacting with the real world around you. In particular, Steck will discuss these approaches in terms of the natural world, but remain applicable to the physical, unnatural, and supernatural worlds. Here, “I Take the Glowing Path” by Steck is an example of this process in completion: http://themapisnot.com/issue-ix-ed-steck
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