Whether your story takes place on an inter-galactic battle field or a tea shop on the corner of 3rd and Main, well-developed characters need a well-developed world to play out their lives. Even the best characters will fall flat in an invisible setting. Good world-building invites a reader to be a part of the full experience and keeps them coming back for more. A truly engaged reader will still want to explore your world even after the story is over. Don’t short-change your readers with cardboard walls or talking heads. Show them the story as it was meant to be: with depth and vision.
Settings can be as complex as the multi-layered world of the Hunger Games with districts and class-systems, or as simple as the single room that holds all Twelve Angry Men. Either way, the details and events that make up the world of the story also help shape the plot and the characters themselves.
Charlie N. Holmberg is coming to the UVW to share her insight and expertise on world building. Her own trilogy, The Paper Magician, entwines Victorian London with a magical community of spell-casters that are bound to specific elements. Her detailed and engaging world comes complete with a bit of history, including the invention of dark and twisted flesh magic. This forbidden art and an old enemy launches the main character into a series of tantalizing events and the ultimate outcome is a captivating read and a successful writing career. And she’s coming to share what she’s learned along the way.
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of Followed by Frost; Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet; The Fifth Doll; and The Paper Magician Trilogy, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician. A RITA Award finalist, she majored in English and minored in editing at Brigham Young University. Raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names, Charlie plays the piano and ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog.
Come listen and learn from Charlie N. Holmberg on Thursday, August 17th at the Orem Public Library. Her presentation will be preceded by an optional one-hour critique session from 6 to 7, also in the Storytelling Wing. Bring 1,000 words of your own work, and your ability to helpfully critique others’!
All UVW members current on their dues are automatically entered into a drawing for two free copies of her books that will be held at the end of her presentation. She will have some copies available for sale afterwards as well. If you haven’t joined or renewed yet, what are you waiting for? Go here.