If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I get it?”

Worldbuilding is about creating an immersive setting that allows your reader to feel she is stepping out of her world and into the world of your story. And, yes, you need it whether you’re writing fantasy, mystery, historical fiction or anything in between. This is your story’s “it” factor, what makes your story memorable and vivid.

Setting and place are a collection of details—the right details in the right amount—that will captivate readers. What are the right details in the right amount?


That’s where my new class comes in. This has long been a dream of mine, and I’m excited to share it with you! Writing About Place: Five Days to Immersive Setting, starting Monday, December 4 for only $59.

After more than 15 years of teaching creative writing online and in the classroom, I noticed students needed…

  • actionable steps with examples
  • a focus on one topic
  • no formulas
  • straightforward and concise lessons
  • a greater connection to their work

So I created this class to address all of those needs. For five days, we’ll deep dive into developing your story’s setting with micro lessons designed to show you how to infuse the right details into each scene.


  • a micro lesson chock full of tips and examples from master works.
  • an exploration designed to help you harness your power of observation.
  • a deeper dive to guide you to making these connections in your WIP.
  • a forum to ask questions, share your work, and connect with your classmates.

And it all happens right here in my new online classroom.

Build an immersive setting in just one hour per day for five days to make a real, lasting effect on your story.

Registration is open

December 4 – 8, $59


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