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Love writing fantasy? This is the event for you.
ProWritingAid is incredibly excited to announce Fantasy Writer’s Week, a week-long series of events all geared towards fantasy writers and world-builders.
Our first ever Fantasy Writer’s Week was jam-packed with events for fantasy authors. With live sessions with fantasy writers TJ Klune, Angela J. Ford, David Farland, and Stephanie BwaBwa, a world-building workshop, a complete World Anvil software walkthrough, and four fantasy writing workshops, this was an event not to miss if you’re passionate about fantasy.
Participants had access to:
- Training sessions, workshops and Q&As specifically curated for fantasy writers
- Daily networking events where you can meet other writers
- Our dedicated closed Facebook group, just for Fantasy Writer's Week participants
Keep reading to find out what we got up to.
- Fantasy Writer's Week Communities
- Fantasy Writer's Week: Live Training Events
- Feb 22: Writing Wonder—How to Create a Fantasy World and Magical Systems
- Feb 23: World-Building 101: Make Your World Serve Your Story
- Feb 23: The ProWritingAid World-Building Write-In
- Feb 24: How to Edit Your Fantasy Manuscript With ProWritingAid
- Feb 24: How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy that Keeps Readers Up at Night
- Feb 25: World Anvil Walk-Through and Q&A
- Feb 25: How to Organize your Story Ideas and Write a Fantasy Novel
- Exclusive to ProWritingAid Premium Subscribers
- Feb 26: How to Write Fantasy: The Tricks of the Genre
- Feb 26: An Interview with Bestselling Fantasy Author, TJ Klune
- Feb 26: Your Fantasy Editing Roadmap
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Fantasy Writer's Week Communities
Writing can be lonely—especially in current times. We want to change that! As well as our full schedule of training events below, you're invited to take part in our nightly Writer Networking Events from Monday through Thursday. We've also created a dedicated Fantasy Writer's Week Facebook Community to help you meet other writers and discuss all things fantasy writing.
If you'd like to join the community and attend the networking events, register for Fantasy Writer's Week and check your email on Sunday 20th February for more details.
We hope to see you there!
Fantasy Writer's Week: Live Training Events
You’ll find the full schedule of events below. You can sign up for every event at once here or at the bottom of this page. You don’t have to attend every event live—we will record all of the webinars and send out a replay the following day. So, even if you are not able to make certain dates/times, it’s still worth registering to get the recordings.
Feb 22: Writing Wonder—How to Create a Fantasy World and Magical Systems
(2 PM ET / 7 PM UK)
Certain emotions drive readers to buy books from different genres. Whether it’s romance, adrenaline, fear, joy—every book hinges on the feelings it creates. For many fantasy readers, the strongest draw is a feeling of "wonder."
In this live webinar, bestselling fantasy author David Farland will be talking about what "wonder" literature is and how you can create a sense of wonder in your own fantasy novel. He’ll show you how bestselling authors like Stephenie Meyer (one of his students) combine wonder with other emotions, like romance and adventure, to create the most successful fantasy novels out there.
About David Farland
David Farland is an award-winning, bestselling author who has penned over fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for adults, young adults, and children. Along the way, he has also worked as a writing instructor, videogame designer, and as a Hollywood greenlighting analyst. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords, and has trained some of the biggest names in fantasy.
Feb 23: World-Building 101: Make Your World Serve Your Story
(12 PM ET / 5 PM UK)
In this workshop, Janet Forbes and Dimitris Havlidis from World Anvil talk about approaches and methods to world-building, focussing on how to create a world setting which feels rich and unique without getting bogged down in the details that can slow down a project! They’ll discuss tools and strategies you can use, such as world-building meta, to keep your project on track both in terms of theme and motivation, and make sure your world is serving your novel and story. And, of course, they’ll be answering any world-building questions you have along the way.
About Janet Forbes and Dimitris Havlidis
Janet Forbes is a published fantasy author and RPG writer under the pen name J.D. Blythe, and a Dungeons & Dragons pro-streamer for the likes of Wizards of the Coast and Wyrd Games. She is also the co-founder and director of World Anvil, the world-building and writing platform which rocketed onto the scene 3 years ago and now boasts a community of over a million users. She holds an MA in Music Performance, is an experienced archaeologist, speaks 5 languages, and is secretly a velociraptor in a human suit.
Dimitris Havlidis has been world-building since he was six, and has created more epic sandbox worlds than he's had hot dinners. As the co-founder and CTO of the award-winning world-building platform World Anvil, he spends his days coding new features for writers to create and market their work, and his nights dreaming about new worlds and new civilizations. Dimitris holds degrees in Computing, Social Psychology and Graphic Design, and has worked as CTO in some of the top agencies in the UK. As a Web Developer, UX Researcher, Pro-Photographer, Designer, he was a digital nomad before it was cool. He loves cheese, lemon pies and top hats.
Feb 23: The ProWritingAid World-Building Write-In
(2 PM ET / 7 PM UK)
Each month, we gather for the ProWritingAid Write-In. In this special Fantasy Writer’s Week edition, join us as we work through short world-building prompts and share together for feedback.
About Hayley Milliman
Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid’s Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.
Feb 24: How to Edit Your Fantasy Manuscript With ProWritingAid
(12 PM ET / 5 PM UK)
It doesn’t matter how many hours you spent meticulously crafting your fantasy novel’s plot. If your writing isn’t clear and effective, your readers won’t engage with it. That’s where editing technology can help.
In this workshop, we’ll dive into how to use ProWritingAid to make key edits to your fantasy manuscript.
Feb 24: How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy that Keeps Readers Up at Night
(2 PM ET / 7 PM UK)
Do you want to write the next YA fantasy sensation?
In this workshop, fantasy author Stephanie BwaBwa will dive deep into creating a page-turning novel that will keep your readers up at night. She’ll break down the main elements all YA Fantasy novels need.
Stephanie will discuss what to avoid when writing your novel and highlight how to make your characters relatable, and your story themes memorable.
About Stephanie BwaBwa
Stephanie BwaBwa is a Jesus-centered, multi passionate creative who’s enjoying building a legacy through the lens of story. As the CEO and Founder of Bwabs Collective LLC, BwaBwa has focused her zone of genius on the Enneagram Type 5 writer who likes to meticulously plot, research, and organize their way through crafting their stories. Stephanie is the YA Fantasy author behind the world of Elledelle, and an avid reader of fantasy and fiction. Get in contact with Stephanie at StephanieBwaBwa.com.
Feb 25: World Anvil Walk-Through and Q&A
(12 PM ET / 5 PM UK)
Join Janet and Dimitris, the founders of World Anvil—the biggest world-building platform in the world—as they take you through how to use their award winning toolset to build your world setting, write your novel and even market your work to your fans and make money! Then grab your hammer, and go world-build!
World Anvil is an award-winning world-building and writing toolset, helping you create, organize and store your world setting. Use wiki-like articles, family trees, interactive maps, and a full novel-writing software to create your series bible and novel! Then market your world to fans and new readers, advertise new releases and build a core community around your work.
(Screenshot courtesy of World Anvil.)
Recommended by Writers Digest, best-selling novelists like Brian McClellan, and self-publishing gurus like Chris Fox, World Anvil is the ultimate toolkit for writers and world-builders creating historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, or alternate earth settings.
Feb 25: How to Organize your Story Ideas and Write a Fantasy Novel
(2 PM ET / 7 PM UK)
If you have an idea for a fantasy novel that is waiting to leap onto the page but have no idea where to start, you’re in the right place.
During this workshop, bestselling fantasy author Angela J. Ford will help you dig deep into taking your ideas and turning them into a story readers adore. You’ll learn how to take your ideas and organize them (regardless if you’re a plotter or pantser) before you begin writing.
We’ll discuss how to expand your imagination to create an exciting but believable fantasy world and tackle creating fantasy characters that resonate with readers.
About Angela J. Ford
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling author who writes epic fantasy and steamy fantasy romance with vivid worlds, morally gray characters, and endings you just can’t guess. She has published 14 novels, 6 short stories, and sold over 32,000 copies. Angela is also a co-founder of Booksniffer, a new app for book lovers, plus an effective way for authors to market their books to new readers. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book.
Exclusive to ProWritingAid Premium Subscribers
Get access to the final day of Fantasy Writer’s Week with your ProWritingAid Premium license. We’ll be hosting a genre workshop, an editing deep dive, and will finish the week with an interview with bestselling author, TJ Klune. Don’t miss out!
Feb 26: How to Write Fantasy: The Tricks of the Genre
(10 AM ET / 3 PM UK)
Do you want to write a story set in a fantastical world but don’t yet know how to structure it? Got some great world-building and some random scenes that don’t really work together or entertain?
Want to know how to incorporate plot twists and reversals into your writing while still staying true to your core story?
You’re in the right place.
In this webinar, you’ll learn the basics of the Fantasy Genre so you can create emotion in your readers and have them recommending your story to others.
About Anne Hawley and Rachelle Ramirez
Anne Hawley has produced and co-hosted 115 episodes of the Story Grid Editor Roundtable Podcast, and she trained under Shawn Coyne of Story Grid. Anne has five decades of writing experience and has been a developmental editor since 2015, providing objective, substantive feedback so writers can write better stories and change the world. She is the author of the historical love story Restraint.
Rachelle Ramirez trained under Shawn Coyne of Story Grid and has edited award winning and bestselling fiction and nonfiction. She is committed to offering actionable editorial assistance for writers in all phases of their careers. Rachelle attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Masters in Creative Writing Program and has an MA in psychology from Goddard College. She is the author of An Introduction to Genre.
You can learn more about Anne and Rachelle at pagesandplatforms.com.
Feb 26: An Interview with Bestselling Fantasy Author, TJ Klune
(12 PM ET / 7 PM UK)
TJ Klune is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The Extraordinaries and the USA Today and New York Times bestseller, The House in the Cerulean Sea. We’ll be chatting to him about breaking into the worlds of fantasy and YA fiction, his writing process, and why representation is so important in literature.
Feb 26: Your Fantasy Editing Roadmap
(2 PM ET / 5 PM UK)
As nice as it would be, writing your fantasy novel isn’t over when you type "The End." In fact, the actual work is just beginning. During the editing process, your novel will go from rough first draft to engaging final manuscript.
In this workshop, Hayley will walk you through the most important edits you should make to your manuscript to ensure it’s publish-ready.