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World building in science fiction

Writing tips and techniques from Ian Nettleton, tutor of the Amazing Tales: An Introduction to Science Fiction online course

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Writing Science Fiction: a course in three parts


Why not take the next step with your writing and join our Writing Science Fiction: World Building course? It’s entirely free and you can study at your own pace. If you like it there’s additional modules focusing on character, point of view, plotting and endings. There’s no obligation to keep going!

Taught by Ian Nettleton, the course is an exciting, detailed dive into the wonders of the science fiction genre.

Part 1: World building – FREE!

Part 2: Characters & Point of view – £75

Part 3: Plotting & endings – £75

You can get the whole course in a special bundle for £125, saving you £25.

The science fiction genre offers unique challenges and opportunities for writers. Get a sample of the course in this free podcast introduction, with tutor Ian Nettleton sharing his world building tips and techniques. In just 30 minutes you’ll learn about:

  • The difference between science fiction and fantasy
  • How to avoid boring exposition and infodumps
  • How to combine world building with your characters and plot
  • How to reveal world details dramatically through actions and reactions
  • Why routine behaviour helps to ground more fantastical elements

You can also read a transcript here.

Or click the play button below:

What you get:

  • Easy-to-use online lessons in your browser – no need to download extra software
  • Study from the comfort of your own home

What you’ll be studying:

  1. What is science fiction? How to generate story ideas
  2. Characters and caricatures
  3. Point of view in the genre
  4. The world of your story is another character
  5. Plotting your story
  6. Style, editing & rewriting

You can get the whole course in a special bundle for £125, saving you £25.