Worldbuilding: Discover the Fantasy Narrative

A course by Alberto Chimal
Writer and Creative Writing Teacher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined October 2019
, Writer and Creative Writing Teacher

Learn to create fictional worlds, from the environment to the characters and time period, for your novels, comics, movies, podcasts or video games

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (98)
  • 3066 students

Learn to create fictional worlds, from the environment to the characters and time period, for your novels, comics, movies, podcasts or video games

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (98)
  • 3066 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 5m)
  • 31 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Create your own fictional world from scratch and watch all the stories you could possibly imagine come to life. The world's your oyster, or clam... You decide! Delve into narrative genres such as science fiction, supernatural horror, and fantasy alongside novel and short story writer Alberto Chimal.

In his first course, Alberto gives you an introduction to narrative writing, and in this one he teaches you the basics of worldbuilding: the invention and preparation of a narrated world, in other words, the surroundings you invent that can be used as a base to create as many stories as you like in whatever medium, such as novels, comics, movies, podcasts, or video games.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The fictional worlds
  • U3
    U3. From the essentials to the details
  • U4
    U4. Keep exploring
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Alberto, who talks about three pieces of his work in which he uses fictional worlds, his creative process, and his greatest artistic influences.

Learn what worldbuilding is exactly and all you need to start creating your fictional world. Tackle basic concepts like characters, time, and space before moving on to the genre of the story. Then, take a more detailed look at the work materials with Alberto.

Start by thinking about stories within the world of fiction and the genre you have chosen. Discover some tools for organizing all your ideas and make a general guidebook containing the timeline and characters. Create an outline of the story with a plot.

Alberto shows you how to create different resources for your world's guidebook such as architectural designs, clothing, animated sequences, musical compositions, and much more. Finally, put the finishing touches on your first ever worldbuilding narrative project.

What is this course's project?

Develop your own fictional world that you can use as the setting for as many stories as you like.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in creating stories, regardless of the storytelling medium they wish to use. Short story and novel writers, scriptwriters, filmmakers, cartoonists, podcasters, video game creators, or anyone who wants to give structure and depth to their fictional worlds.

Requirements and materials

It is essential to have basic knowledge of writing and specifically within a fantasy genre like science fiction, epic fantasy, supernatural horror, etc. You also need to know how to operate a word processor of your choice. If you want to make part of your project in podcast format, you need knowledge and experience in audio creation and editing, as well as how to use the tools involved.

In terms of materials, you need a pencil, colors (in the drawing format you like most), paper, a computer with a word processor, digital tools for organizing concepts and mind maps (optional), a digital drawing and painting tool like Photoshop or similar, and a scanner for digitizing your finished work.


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Alberto Chimal

A course by Alberto Chimal

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Writer and Creative Writing Teacher

Alberto Chimal is an established writer—he has been in this beautiful profession for 25 years now—specializing in narrative texts. He writes stories for different kinds of media, but his focus is on novels and short stories. What he loves most about writing is the human contact that can be generated through stories.

He has published more than forty books, including novels and collections of short stories, and is currently writing the screenplay for his second feature film.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The fictional worlds

    • How to work a certain genre
    • Imagine your world: environment, time and characters
    • How to organize the creation of your world
  • U3

    From the essentials to the details

    • What stories do you want to tell in your world?
    • Preparation of materials: chronology and character sheet
    • Preparation of materials: concordance tables and maps
    • Create the general guide of your world
    • Your first argument
  • U4

    Keep exploring

    • How to create props for your world
    • Developing the argument: how and where
    • Final Recommendations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Worldbuilding: Discover the Fantasy Narrative

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Worldbuilding: Discover the Fantasy Narrative. Writing course by Alberto Chimal

Worldbuilding: Discover the Fantasy Narrative

A course by Alberto Chimal
Writer and Creative Writing Teacher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined October 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (98)
  • 3066 students