Accelerated World Building

Avoid feeling overwhelmed by learning what you need to invent and why!

Covering every aspect of world building from life and places to cultures and beyond, this free course will help you decide what you need to invent for your setting, based on story needs. When done, you'll have a completed checklist and a better understanding of what it takes to invent everything - even things you've decided to skip.

This course is still in development and should be released by Spring 2019. Check back for more details. The curriculum below will expand/chan as it nears completion.

Your Instructor

Randy Ellefson
Randy Ellefson

Author Randy Ellefson has been building worlds since the late 1980s and bring his extensive experience and passion to World Building University (WBU). His popular non-fiction series, The Art of World Building, is the inspiration for WBU and includes a podcast with scores of episodes.

While Ellefson has created multiple worlds, he's also spent 3 decades on a single planet, his main setting. In doing so, he's created seven unique species (in addition to humans), with multiple races of each. Few have his extensive experience or passion for world building, or take so much time out to teach others the art.

Ellefson has authored a half dozen non-fiction books, another six fantasy books, and over a dozen stories, three of which received Honorable Mentions in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enroll and ends when you complete it. All lessons are released at once so you can take the course at your pace.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is not open for enrollment.