Lighthouse North: World Building and Character Development in Speculative Fiction

$120.00 Members
$140.00 Non-members

Join us for a seminar exploring the realms of the irreal—fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, surrealism, fable, fairytale—anything that departs from our stranglehold on a “true” reality.  We’ll look at the ways that the “imaginary” can perhaps get closer to an emotional or ideological truth—and we’ll play at wading deeper into the waves of the imagination. This class will particularly focus on two of the most important, and most difficult, craft elements of speculative fiction—building a world and peopling it with rich characters. World building is a tricky art, especially when you’re crafting one from scratch. How do you get in the important details without miring the narrative in the minutia? And in the face of fascinating fantastical worlds, how do you create vital characters who matter, both to the reader and within the context of their world? We’ll explore this and more in this one-day foray into the speculative sphere.

Lighthouse North Directions and Parking

Lighthouse North is our new satellite location in Boulder County. Please follow the directions below to find us, as putting the address in your GPS will take you to the wrong place.

From Highway 36, take the McCaslin North exit. At the fourth light, turn west onto Century Drive (there's a Walgreens on the NW corner). Take your first left (daycare on that corner). When the road Y's stay right, and when you get to the stop sign, it's the two story brick building on your right with a sign outside that says Office Evolution. Inside the building, follow the Lighthouse North signs to your conference room. 

Parking is free and located around the building.

Instructor: Courtney E. Morgan Learn More


Feb 23, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm