MJ Hearle

M.J. Hearle was born in Port Macquarie, a small coastal town on the Mid-North coast of Australia. Addicted to stories from a young age, it was somewhat inevitable that he turned to dealing them himself. His first novel, Winter’s Shadow, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2011, Winter’s Light followed in 2012, and Claudette in the Shadows in 2013. His new novel, Lüne, is due for release in 2018. M.J. Hearle lives with his wife, Greta, son, Bailey, and daughter, India, in Glebe, Sydney.

“Worldbuilding with M.J. Hearle. How to create believable fantasy worlds for your characters to inhabit.”

Using my own novels as well as other popular fantasy novels such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials, I will lay out the principles of successful world-building and identify some of the pitfalls inexperienced writers fall into. The workshop will incorporate a creative writing exercise prompted by a series of questions, such as – “Is it real or fictional or both? Physical or spiritual or both? Where and when is this world? Another time? Another place? Another planet? Is there magic here? What are the rules of physics here? Why are you here? Why this place in particular?“.

At the end of the workshop, students will have laid the foundation for their own unique fictional world, and be able to start working on character and story.

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