Thanks for a fun world building experience!

To see the world a room full of academics took about an hour to start creating, check out the Metanarrative page.

Here are some notes from the session:

  • what genre matches the numbers we’ve put there?
  • totalitarian situation? high govt involvement, high social services, but no money.
  • desert island / Lord of the Flies situation? different social relations getting replicated (but maybe changed, as well)?
  • small ruling class?

  • tons of imaginative work going on here, trying to figure out how the society is and plausible scenarios for how it became that way
  • this takes a month in the classroom, we’re doing it in an hour
  • people coming at this from a lot of different angles; historical, mostly, as someone pointed out - we haven’t imagined a lot of future scenarios - why?
  • this is quite a lot of fun, people really get into it, students can’t believe they’re getting credit for it
  • “could be interesting if midwives were the rulers” and that was how govt involvement was exercised re: birth/reproduction - heavily involved although sexual orientation is not a major issue in this society.
  • “want to write stories in this world? I think you do."
  • your character lives somewhere in this very complex social world, and you have to negotiate it on that basis, i.e., as the kingpin (queen-pin?) of the midwife mafia
  • if someone has an idea that nobody else is on board with, just create a character who thinks that way, has to navigate the world on those terms.
  • lots of questions like “are all 'social services’ good?"
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Welcome to the Collaborative World Building Workshop!

In this workshop we will collaboratively create a world together. The world might be a fictional one in a genre of speculative fiction (post-apocalyptic, dystopia, steampunk, cyberpunk, high fantasy, alternate history, magical realism, etc.) or it could be a historical world (antebellum south, Cold War Berlin, contemporary Damascus, etc.) Some of the questions we will consider include: what is a world? How do we define it? How large is it? What are a world's boundaries? To what extent are these questions objective or subjective?

Regardless of how we approach this project, one thing is certain: we won't get very far in the allotted time! In the classroom, these conversations take weeks to percolate and ebb and flow. In this session, we will have the opportunity to generate the base structure for the world and begin writing the metanarrative that explains the rules of how this world operates. The project would continue through creating people, places, and things and pinning them to a map and, in the case of a fiction writing course, writing narratives from the perspectives of characters in the world. We'll see how far we get...

Collaborative world building samples:

Getting Started

To expedite the workshop I've created 25 logins that should have access to the wiki. Choose one, log in, and navigate to this site.

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