Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon*
Feel free to bring your own coffee.
Belmont United Methodist Church
2007 Acklen Avenue
(Corner of 21st Avenue South and Acklen Avenue)
A World Apart–Creating a Believable Construct for Your Novel
Presented by some guy with MTCW also known as Patrick Carr
What is “world building” and why do I need to learn it?
Beyond choosing a setting for your novel, world building involves creating a setting that is at once familiar to your readers and unique to your story—whether it’s a real place, a historical location, or a fantastical otherworld. In this workshop, MTCW Vice President Patrick Carr will lead us on a journey of world building as only a fantasy writer can do!
Topics covered include:
-Physical and Historical Features
-Magic and Magicians
-Peoples and Customs
-Commerce, Trade, and Public Life
This is not just for fantasy/sci-fi writers! Every fiction writer can benefit from learning world building.
Patrick Carr is the author of The Staff & the Sword series for Bethany House, which includes A Cast of Stones, The Hero’s Lot, and The Staff and the Sword. Patrick was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
*Fellowship time from 9:00 to 9:30. Workshop begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and should end by 11:30, with a time for introductions from 11:30 to noon.
To learn more about how to join MTCW, click on “Joining MTCW” here or at the top of the page.