Creative Writing Lectures

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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