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I Want to Go There: Creating Believable Worlds

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St. Edward's University
Fleck Hall 106
Austin, TX 78704

2/23/2013 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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 with Patrice Sarath


             $49 for members (log in for member price)

             $109 for nonmembers

Whether you are writing science fiction, high fantasy, horror, or urban paranormal romance, building the world your characters live in is necessary to add richness to your work. This class will take a look at how the masters of speculative fiction created worlds so believable they live on even after we finish the book. In this three-hour workshop, we will discuss:

  • The essential elements
  • How your world influences your characters
  • What every hero farmboy needs to know
  • Language, geography, history, and culture
  • What you can get away with and what you better get right


Patrice Sarath is a writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. Her novel The Unexpected Miss Bennet came out in 2011 from Robert Hale in the UK and from Penguin Berkley in the US. The book takes up where Pride & Prejudice leaves off, specifically regarding Mary Bennet, the most misunderstood of the Bennet sisters. Says Patrice: "Mary is bookish, a bit priggish, determined to stand out for her accomplishments, and is a typical middle child. So naturally I had to write about her! I’ve always wondered why she was never selected by the inimitable Mr. Collins to be his bride. The Unexpected Miss Bennet is my answer to that question."  Patrice also writes fantasy and science fiction. Her Books of the Gordath series includes Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl, and her short stories have appeared in magazines including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy, and Black Gate. 

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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