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Introduction to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

A course by Andrea Chapela , Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer . Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined November 2020

Discover how to develop your ideas and build literary worlds with writing structures and techniques that can transport your readers

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  • Audio: English, English
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Discover how to develop your ideas and build literary worlds with writing structures and techniques that can transport your readers

A course by Andrea Chapela

Fantasy and science fiction writing is rooted in the art of world-building, which involves creating a fictional universe where a story takes place. Award-winning writer Andrea Chapela has unraveled magical worlds of her own in her Vâudïz tetralogy series and other short stories, which earned her international recognition throughout Latin America, Spain, and the United States.

In this course, discover how to build a fictional universe of your own design and bring it to life on paper through a compelling story. Discover the elements of speculative fiction and how to incorporate them into world-building. Explore the golden rules of writing science fiction and fantasy to create a page-turning world that transports your readers to another dimension.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 45 downloads

  • 98% positive reviews (475)
  • 20515 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 44m)
  • 45 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Write a fantasy or sci-fi short story based on speculative fiction and set in a fictional world of your design.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is great for writers, both professional and hobbyists, who want to write a story set in another world or anyone who wants to explore science fiction or fantasy writing.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary

To take this course, you only need something to write with, whether it be a notebook or a computer. The most important tool is your imagination.


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Andrea Chapela

A course by Andrea Chapela

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer

Andrea Chapela is a Mexican science fiction and fantasy writer, and author of the fantasy tetralogy Vâudïz (La heredera, El creador, La cuentista and El cuento). She studied Chemistry at UNAM, and has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa. Andrea has also written the essay collection Grados de miopía, and the short story collections Un año de servicio a la habitación and Ansibles, perfiladores y otras máquinas de ingenio.

She is the recipient of numerous awards like the National Gilberto Owen Literature Prize for Stories in 2018, the National Juan José Arreola Literature Prize in 2019, and the National Joven José Luis Martínez Essay Prize in 2019. She has been a FONCA scholar twice (2016-2017 for stories and 2019-2020 for novels) and a scholar at the Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Currently, she teaches workshops, language classes, and contributes to magazines like Este País, Literal Magazine, Vaso Cósmico, and Tierra Adentro.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Finding an Idea

    • What Is Speculative Fiction?
    • Where Do Ideas Come From?
    • How to Pay Attention and Ask Questions?
    • How to Develop Your Notebook?
    • How to Stop Caring about Originality?
  • U3

    How to Build a World

    • What Is Worldbuilding?
    • How to Go from Little to Extremely Different?
    • How to Build a Second-World?
    • Do We Have to Choose between Magic and Technology? 1
    • Do We Have to Choose between Magic and Technology? 2
    • What Is Worldbuilder Disease and How to Avoid It?
  • U4

    Writing a Story

    • How to Find a Story?
    • What’s the Shape of Your Story?
    • Who Tells the Story?
    • How to Avoid Infodumping?
  • U5

    Keep on Working

    • How to Make a Story Better?
    • What’s Next?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Introduction to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. Writing course by Andrea Chapela Best seller

Introduction to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

A course by Andrea Chapela
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer . Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined November 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (475)
  • 20515 students