Editing for World-Building and Setting

New! Starts March 8, 2021

$199. 4 weeks (through April 4), instructor-led

This class is intended for those with some developmental editing experience or who have taken the Beginning + Intermediate DE for Fiction classes through the EFA or the Essentials program through Club Ed.

Though writers and editors have borrowed the term “world-building” from the science fiction and fantasy genres, the practice is important for any other writing fiction in any genre.

This class shows how developmental editors can help authors create story worlds the reader will happily enter into—not just by effectively describing a particular setting but by avoiding common world-building problems (such as info-dumping/overuse of exposition) and ensuring that the “rules” of the story world make sense and that the author doesn’t inadvertently violate them.

We have to help authors figure out how to create a believable world without boring the reader. More than that, we have to advise the author on how to engage the reader’s attention through the selective use of details.

We’ll cover:

  • creating a realistic setting: the principles of world-building
  • effective description and the problem of info-dumping
  • the intersection between setting, plot, and character development
  • historical, seasonal, and clock time
  • micro versus macro settings (and why both matter)
  • overly used and trite settings
  • respecting the parameters of the story world
  • incorporating all senses into a setting
  • and more!

Each week includes a new lesson and a new assignment to be submitted for the instructor’s feedback along with online discussions about developmental issues.

Editing for World-Building and Setting