Archaeology and World-Building

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Karma Chesnut

About the Course

Every story needs a believable world just as much as it needs likable heroes. But building a world from scratch can be daunting. So, why not use history? I’m an archaeologist and I’m here to help you dig through all of history so you don’t have to figure out what you’re missing by yourself. In this class, we’ll examine the three main types of society, go over examples of great world-building from well-known authors, and discuss how to apply what you learned to your own novel.

Your Instructor

Karma Chesnut

Karma Chesnut

Karma Chesnut is a writer, mother, anthropologist, and author of the novel Unfit. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Karma now lives in California with her husband and their three daughters; the snake-hunter, the princess, and the baby. Karma has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Brigham Young University.

Course Contents

Chapter 1: How Archaeology and World-building Go Together
Chapter 2: Hunter-gatherer Societies
Chapter 3: Agrarian Societies
Chapter 4: Industrial Societies
Chapter 5: Imagining the Future
Chapter 6: Your Turn