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"Worldbuilding: How to Create the World Within Your Work" Online with Erika T. Wurth

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6/5/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.



Want to make your story's world as complex and believable as possible?

Whether you’re writing straight realism, science-fiction/speculative/fantasy or a Post-Modern thriller, it’s important to know how to imaginatively build the world your characters will inhabit. In this course, the instructor will talk about how different writers do that in different genres, what you can take away from each, and how this applies to language, form, structure, point of view and characterization.
In genres such as the thriller, structure is king, and there’s much to be said for looking at a tried-and-true form, even if your plan is to deviate. In science-fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction, the imagination that goes into building imaginary worlds is something to take away, no matter what you’re writing. In realism and post-modern fiction, because these have been the literary fiction norms, writers in these genres are often masters at dialogue, inner-monologue, complex characterization, deviation from the formula in terms of form, and attention to language. In this course, we’ll look at examples from each, so that you’ll be able to take the strengths of every genre to what you’re working on.



  • You're writing fiction in any genre.
  • You read other genres and wish you could borrow aspects of what makes them great in your own work.
  • You want to suck the reader into the world you've created.



Erika T. Wurth is Professor of Creative Writing at Western Illinois University. She is the author of two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and, most recently, You Who Enter Here; two collections of poetry, Indian Trains and A Thousand Horses Out to Sea; and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.



Online Class



$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 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, June 5. 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