LSWA 230 - Writing and Arts II
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Fantasy Worldbuilding
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars for Writing and the Arts (LSWA)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts credits (including any LHSP credits) may be counted toward a degree.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Participants in the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts Program. Non-LSWA students welcome and may request permission to enroll pending availability.
May be elected twice for credit.
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The great Marianne Moore famously described success in art as the ability to present “imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” This course is about collaborative worldbuilding and fantasy storytelling, about imagining new realms and bringing powerful stories to life in them. We will explore what makes fantasy “fantasy” and what relationship it has to our lives: as escape from our despair, as complex mirror of our world, and as alternative vision of what’s possible. We will approach these questions from the point of view of both literature and tabletop roleplaying games.  We will study novels, stories, and essays by fantasy authors such as Ursula Le Guin, Saladin Ahmed, and N. K. Jemisin, and we will try several techniques for building fantasy stories from the ground up, including through games like The Quiet Year and Dungeons & Dragons.  Assigned work will include written reflections on course readings; practice worldbuilding tasks from brainstorming to mapping to roleplaying; and a final project involving a short story or one-shot adventure set in your own original fantasy setting.



Intended Audience:

Participants in Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts. Non-LSWA students welcome and may request permission to enroll pending availability. Contact


LSWA 230 - Writing and Arts II
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002 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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