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Workshop – Let’s Play God (But In A Fun Way!): Worldbuilding for Beginners with Martin Cahill


Worldbuilding can be intimidating for newer writers of science fiction and fantasy; there can feel like there’s so much to work out in any given story, that the actual story can take a backseat to the mechanics of government, magic, history, currency, and more! This 2-3 hour workshop will be dedicated to breaking down the myths of successful worldbuilding, and learning how to refocus your creative energy, so that the world and the story can share the spotlight equally. We’re playing god, and will learn how to think of worldbuilding as a tool for good storytelling in short fiction and novels, not a separate aspect to worry about.

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Martin CahillMartin Cahill is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Astoria, Queens, and works as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Erewhon Books. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014 and a member of the NYC-based writing group, Altered Fluid.

You can find his fiction work in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Shimmer Magazine, Fireside Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His short story, “Godmeat,” appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 anthology. Martin also writes, and has written, book reviews and essays for Tor.com, Book Riot, Strange Horizons, and the Barnes and Noble Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog. You can find him online at @mcflycahill90 and his new Substack newsletter, Weathervane.


It may be helpful for some participants to come with a story or novel they’re working on and having issues with to use as examples in the workshop, but there’s no pressure to do so. The host will also send 2-3 short stories in advance to use as discussion points and building blocks. Come prepared to free write, and discuss!

Event Details

Start date: October 17, 2020

End date: October 17, 2020

Start time: 11:00 EST

End time: 12:30 EST