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Webinar: NEXT LEVEL WORLD BUILDING with Cory Putman Oakes

Date(s) - 10/24/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Improve Your Craft From Home with this Webinar!

with author Cory Putman Oakes

Webinar: Oct. 24, 10am to 11:30am Central time (NOTE! New Date!)

Cory Putnam Oakes

Cory Putman Oakes

Does the setting in your current work-in-progress feel more like a 2D backdrop than a living, breathing space that interacts with your characters and helps move your plot? Don’t fret – help is here! In this session we’ll discuss all of the most important aspects of world building: the building process (it’s all in the details), strategies for introducing your world to your reader (while avoiding “information dumps”), ideas for helping your world and your main character interact (in ways that elevate them both), and trouble-shooting common mistakes. And if you think world building is just for fantasy or science fiction books, think again! Every book has a world. Contemporary worlds (such as schools, small towns, summer camps) have just as many nuances as fantasy worlds and require just as much attention from the author.

This session will have four parts:

1. Creating Your World: Factors and techniques to consider when building your world

2. Showing Off Your World: Strategies for translating the world onto the page

3. Your World and Your Main Character: How to make the most of this oft-neglected relationship

4. Trouble-Shooting: Common world building mistakes (and how to fix them)

GOAL: For each participant to take the world-building in their WIP to a new level through discussion, examples, and worksheets.

Cory Putman Oakes is a children’s book author from Austin, Texas. Her latest novel, THE SECOND BEST HAUNTED HOTEL ON MERCER STREET is due out August 18, 2020 from Abrams/Amulet. Cory is also the author of two other middle grade books, DINOSAUR BOY and DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, and two young adult books, THE VEIL and WITCHTOWN. Cory is an ex-lawyer and when she’s not writing, she enjoys baking, and hanging out with her husband, their kids, their cats, and their one-eyed hedgehog named Professor Pickles.

You can find Cory on Twitter and Instagram (@CoryPutmanOakes), Facebook ( and her website (


This webinar will be recorded, but you MUST register BEFORE the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for 1 month after the webinar date.

The webinar is FREE for Austin SCBWI members (look for the coupon code in your email), costs $10 for other SCBWI members, and $55 for non-members. SCBWI members, login to get the discounted price. If you aren’t a member, click here for more information on the many benefits of being part of our community.

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