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"Brave New Worlds: Creating Believable Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds"

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 211
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5/3/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 with Patrice Sarath

NOTE: Online registration for this class is now closed. If you would like to sign up, please bring payment to the class in the form of a check or money order for $59 (a $10 fee is added when paying at the door).  Registration will be taken as long as seats are available. Thanks!

World-building can be one of the trickiest aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy. We all want to re-create the sense of wonder we feel when we read speculative fiction. How did those authors do it? 

This class will teach some basic worldbuilding concepts that will help students develop their own internally consistent worlds that produce a sense of wonder in their readers. The class will look at successful science fiction and fantasy books to deconstruct how these authors put their worlds together. Come prepared for writing exercises and deep discussion.

Patrice Sarath is the author of the fantasy series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl) and the historical romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Her short stories have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy, and several other magazines and anthologies. Read more about her at

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NOTE: All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit