This week I had the opportunity to attend a World Building Workshop hosted by The Ottawa Independent Writers at the Hintonburg Community Center. This two hour workshop given by Author Derek Kunsken had a wealth of valuable points to consider when thinking about how you want to shape the setting of your novel.
While Derek is a successful Science Fiction author, he approached the topic from a All-Genre angle, referring to World Building as a writer’s core crafting tool rather than something that was only used by genre fiction writers. Any setting that may require some research has to be built. And science fiction and fantasy genres were cases of “extreme setting”. It was refreshing to hear references from Literary Classics, Historical Fiction, and Historical Romance, as well as Science Fiction and Fantasy all used to illustrate story building points throughout the workshop.
Derek is the author of The Quantum Magician due out later in 2018. Although Derek’s focus is in the science fiction genre, he dabbles in other fields too. Check out his list of publications. Derek is also developing longer length writing workshops. Something to keep an eye out for in the near future.