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Worldbuilding resources


I have updated my Pinterest pinboard on the subject of Worldbuilding.
I recently noticed that many articles linked on Pinterest have been deleted, moved or anyway are no longer available, so I am trying to keep the collection up to date and as free of dead links as possible.

Fact is, I am designing an online course in Worldbuilding, I’ll be offering early next year.

I’m designing my course as a three-unit thing: a general introduction to the concept, practice and use of worldbuilding, and then two modules, one about worldbuilding in fiction, and one about worldbuilding in roleplaying games.
Hypothetical students will be able to follow only the basic course, or add one or both extra modules, depending on their aims and interests.


This is only one of four courses I plan to launch in the next three months.
I’ve been planning on taking my teaching online for ages, now, and I finally have a fast connection.
So I am planning two almost-but-not-exactly-writing courses (one about worldbuilding and one about self-publishing) and two courses in Wayward Orientalism (a course on the Tao and a course about Zen).

I can use Google Classroom to deliver course contents, and then Google Hangouts for live discussion with my students.
Using the Google tools, I don’t have to spend ages learning to use new instruments, and I don’t have extra expenses (like, joining an online learning platform), and I’ll be able to keep my fees low while delivering quality instruction.

My first experiment will be in Italian, but I am also planning to do courses in English.
So, as we are at it – would you guys out there be interested in one of the four courses I mentioned? And if so, which one?
And, what other topics do you think I might tackle in future courses?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Worldbuilding resources

  1. You can consider me interested, especially in the Worldbuilding course.
    As for the future? Why not something along the lines of the “Other People’s Pulp” series of the blog, tackling popular fiction like Pulps (obviously) but also Penny Dreadful or I Racconti di Dracula (regarding the Italian market) and so on, something like a Tour of the World of Popular Fiction sold at Popular Prices?


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