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“Multi-Genre Worldbuilding: Crafting an Emotional and Physical Landscape” ONLINE with Britta Jensen

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5/6/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

This class was previously an in-person class. All WLT classes through May 9 will be online.

Registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Want to craft a believable world where characters are engaged in both an emotional and physical landscape that draws readers into the story.

Every story contains its own world and rules. Using a variety of exploratory exercises, this class will investigate how authors create believable worlds using sample text excerpts. Learn the difference between complicated worlds and simple worlds, how to plan and revise a story’s worlds/universes using charts, drawings, multi-media, physical storyboards without feeling overwhelmed by the myriad ways in which one can build a world (and sometimes get lost). The focus will be on marrying your story's world with your characters' intentions, emotions and desires.

Though worldbuilding is often associated with science fiction and fantasy, it's equally important to realistic fiction and memoir. The key in all storytelling is identifying a literary landscape that evokes emotions in the reader and is cemented in the central narrative. The class will also help troubleshoot common world building problems at both the drafting and revision stage.



  • You're working on a novel, short story, or memoir.
  • Your setting often feels like a backdrop that could be exchanged with another without changing the story.
  • You want your setting to feel like a character.



Britta Jensen’s debut novel Eloia Born was long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize and reviewers are calling the book “both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.” The sequel, Hirana’s War releases October 2020. Her stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Henshaw Press and Fiction Factory prizes and she was published in the following anthologies: Stories for Homes, volume 2 and Sakura Dreams. Britta’s plays have been performed in New York City, Japan and South Korea. She holds a BA in Acting Performance from Fordham University and an MA in Teaching of English Literature from Columbia University. She taught middle and high school English, Theatre and History for thirteen years in New York City public schools and taught for a decade overseas with DODEA. Britta spent twenty-two years overseas in Japan, South Korea, and Germany before moving to Austin, Texas.



Online classroom



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at the end of Wednesday, May 6 at 5 pm. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. 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.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. 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


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


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