From Worlds to Words with Marcella Haddad


November 3, 2022

Time (US Pacific):

1:00 pm


Transform Your Worldbuilding Notes into a Novel

It’s time to take your world maps, historical records, family trees, and constellations and invite readers into the fantasy space you’ve created. In this class, we’ll organize worldbuilding notes, identify places for rich exploration, articulate specific characters, and then get the story started in prose!

You’ll learn how to give readers an introduction to your world through the opening of a novel without losing their narrative interest. We’ll learn how to take complex political systems and magical principles and identify how they affect character in order to introduce readers to these concepts.

We’ll look at examples from NK Jemisin, Sarah J Maas, Nnedi Okorafor, and Caitlin Starling to see how to start off complicated projects with character-driven scenes.

By the end of this class, you will have ideas for the first chapter of your novel, as well as worksheets for developing a personalized organization system as you continue creating your world alongside your novel.

Participants can combine the lecture session with a workshopping session on November 17th for those who would like to receive feedback on their first chapter.


Session #1 (11/3): Includes lecture, exercises, and discussion.

Session #2 11/17 (Add-on): After practicing skills learned in session #1 with their manuscript, participants will submit their first chapters by November 10th. The instructor will provide details and submission instructions in the first session. Limited to 15 participants. 

For writers of all levels.
Advanced Preparation required:
  • All participants are expected to read 1-2 excerpts from fantasy/sci-fi novels, which the instructor will provide before class.
  • Workshop participants must submit their first chapter by November 10th. Participants are expected to read and be prepared to give feedback to 14 other writers during the workshop session.
Please note: Ticket prices reflect session options selected – read the schedule below.
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Limited free registration: We offer a percentage of seats in every class to BIPOC writers for free, regardless of financial need. Free seats for the workshopping portion of this class will be awarded by lottery approximately one week before the class begins. To enter, please email us with your name, the best way to reach you, and the name of the class:  For more information, see our equity and inclusion policies.

The Supporting Tuition rate is shown for each class or workshop for folks who are able to pay it. Paying the Supporting Tuition rate enables us to continue to pay our staff and instructors equitably as well as support access to classes for others who may be in a different situation. 

For folks who are under more limited economic circumstances, no matter your background, we offer a discount code for reduced pricing: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. If this will help you take the class, you are invited to use this code for a 26% discount on all online classes and workshops. For more information about when to use this discount, please see our financial aid policies.

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Per Ticket Price: $75.00
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Total Seats: 40 (31 Left:)

Event Schedule Details

  • November 3, 2022 1:00 pm   -   2:30 pm
  • November 17, 2022 1:00 pm   -   2:30 pm
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