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A Whole New World: An Introduction to World Building in Fantasy and Sci-Fi - Online

Worldbuilding in fantasy
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 18 January 2022
  • Course duration: Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm, eight weeks


Travel to a world, or maybe a different planet, full of magic, from the comfort of your own home during this online course, delivered via Zoom.

All stories have to take place somewhere; but no one said that place had to be real.

On this course, you will create, explore, and develop your own original world, and get helpful tips to avoid getting lost in the world building process.

It’s aimed at anyone who is looking to design and explore a new world for your creative writing, and is also ideal for anyone that is interested in refining an existing idea for an imagined world, as well as for anyone who is looking for inspiration.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how:

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will have built confidence in your writing skills and will have gained a firm understanding of your specific fictional world.

You’ll leave with the tools needed to create and develop new worlds for your writing, ideas for short stories set in your world, as well as the potential beginnings of a first draft for a novel, and the understanding of how to progress your story further.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with and have access to a variety of online resources.

Tutor profile: Dr. Sally Gales has always been drawn to the world of Speculative Fiction.

She has written Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels and has most recently been published in the anthology: Scotland After the Virus, and enjoys adding a sprinkle of speculative magic to her short stories.

Sally has a short fantasy story being published in New Writers Scotland 39.

In addition to writing, Sally teaches at the University of Glasgow, and hopes to make the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy more accessible to anyone with an interest.

Indicative maximum class size: 12

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course, you will:

  • complete writing tasks from prompts
  • dive deeper into your world and consider it from different angles
  • take part in dynamic group discussions about effective fantasy and sci-fi writing
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £310.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £310.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418