Welcome to the lectures page. Here you’ll find a mix of lecture series, standalone lectures, and webinars on different aspects of creative writing. This page will be updated on the reg. If you know of any other lectures your fellow writers may find useful, drop me an email with the link or recording and I’ll add it.
The Sanderson Lectures
I owe a lot to Brandon Sanderson and his free series of lectures. Sanderson runs a college course on creative writing, with a particular focus on the fantasy genre, and he’s been swell enough to record and share them for free! Here’s the full latest series, recorded in 2016:
Lecture One: Course overview
Lecture two: Cook v chef
Lecture three: The Illusionist Writer
Lecture four: World-building
Lecture five: The Box
Lecture six: The Business of Writing
Lecture Seven: Character
Lecture Eight: Magic Systems
Lecture nine: guest lecture with Brandon Mull
Lecture ten: plotting
Lecture eleven: dialogue and agents
Since about 2012, Sanderson has recorded a host of other lectures too, all of which are available for free on Youtube.
Online Masterclass lectures
Penguin Random House, one of the biggest publishers in the world, has created something called The Writer’s Academy. This Academy is dedicated to bringing you writing tips, guides, and lectures, though I cannot shake the feeling that their main goal is to lure you in to enrolling on one of their expensive courses. That being said, they’ve commissioned some savvy people to put together a few helpful lectures. Here they are:
Creating Complex Characters
Point of view and narrative voice
Constructing worlds and setting scenes
Overcoming writer’s block
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