In these uncertain economic times, a lot of formerly can’t-miss industries have taken a hard hit, and suddenly, that dream job of yours that matches up perfectly with your interests seems further and further out of reach. One such industry is publishing.
Wofford College is sponsoring a residential summer course on worldbuilding where attendees will build an entire world as part of their project, and work collaboratively.
This is something I’m very encouraged about. Worldbuilding is a major part of writing, game design, and art. A good world is literally the main character you never see as the main character as it defines every element of your story with a coherent whole.
I’m also glad to see Worldbuilding treated as a kind of craftsmanship. When I read fiction I want to get something out of it – to think, to laugh, to have a reaction, to come away with more. Good worldbuilding can really contribute to that, by laying the foundation to make it all mean something.
Finally it’s nice to see something THIS unrepentant creative and geeky having a course like this.
Also I rather imagine this or something similar would be a heck of a thing to put on a resume for some young people, or those helping with the class . . .