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Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction with Lauren Yero


Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum

November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Author Lauren Yero will host a worldbuilding in speculative fiction class on November 4 at 10 a.m. in the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall. Registration is $20 and open to the public. Register here: Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction with Lauren Yero

Worldbuilding is an essential part of writing speculative fiction, but can often feel like an overwhelming, endlessly recursive, downright daunting process. Where do you even begin? 

In this workshop, participants will break down different worldbuilding considerations — including the creation of novel political systems, technologies, histories, and more. Together, we’ll analyze excerpts of speculative fiction, focusing on different worldbuilding techniques. We’ll then work through a series of exercises designed to help writers clarify specific aspects of creating fictional worlds. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of resources and tools for developing their own speculative worlds and stories. Ideas for specific fictional worlds are welcome but not required for participation in this workshop!

Lauren Yero is a Cuban American writer and teacher who writes speculative, near-future stories of first love and resistance that question the structures our world is built upon. 

This event is part of a series of mini-classes hosted by the Great Smokies Writing Program. Learn more here.


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November 4, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Great Smokies Writing Program


Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum