Creative Writing: Worldbuilding Magic and Technology

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Whether your science fiction or fantasy story is set out of this world or closer to home, learning to employ rational laws for magic or far future technology will set your work apart. Join us for a weekend of creative writing, where you'll learn how to world build like a pro. Each day we will learn and practice strategies from best-selling authors like Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card. No prior writing or course experience required, but students are encouraged to come in with an outline or a story idea to expand.

Course Learning Objectives/Goals

  1. To learn about the creative process and develop an understanding of how it works for YOU
  2. Master Sanderson’s Laws of Magic Systems
  3. Learn how science fiction writers apply those same laws to futuristic technology.

Ages: 13-17

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Course Date:
Saturday, November 12, 2022 to Sunday, November 13, 2022
Course Date Info:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Students will check in on Saturday and Sunday morning between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. Some classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before the course begins.


$185 - This includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

No prior writing or course experience required.


Kaitlin BevisKaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA in English: Creative Writing, an MAT in English: Secondary Education, and an E.d.S in School Library Media, Kaitlin went on to write the bestselling Daughters of Zeus series. You can learn more about Kaitlin and her books at This is Kaitlin’s fourth year as a Spark Weekend Academy instructor.

Elizabeth SadlerElizabeth Sadler loves to read and write adventure novels with fantasy elements. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from George Mason University, as well as an M.F.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and has been published in New Myths and Separate Worlds. She currently resides in Athens, Georgia, where she teaches British Literature to unsuspecting seniors. This is Elizabeth’s second year as a Spark Weekend Academy instructor.


What you need for the course:
Please look for the course outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent two weeks before your program.