Can't wait until the final season? Start your award-winning novel series today by unlocking the mind of George RR Martin and the world he created in his ever-popular A Game of Thrones.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: What are the 'rules' for writing a series of novels set in fantasy worlds. When can one break them (and when does Martin break them) and when should one stick to them?
  • Topic 2: Medieval and early modern Europe as a backdrop. What do we know, what can we find out and how important are these to writing fantasy?
  • Topic 3: Looking at Martin's writing style and at your own style, discover what this means for readers and how you can use approaches to create a fantasy world.
  • Topic 4: The world of Westeros – what works, what doesn't and what this means for your own fiction.
  • Topic 5: Telling detail – why it is so important in communicating Westeros to the reader? How to use it (with writing exercises)?
  • Topic 6: A look at how Martin has used medieval sources in the first volume of the series and how you can use similar narratives to create a sense of tension and realism in a novel.
  • Topic 7: Writing and selling a fantasy novel – how the writing industry works.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • build on your existing knowledge of storytelling through books, film, TV and other sources
  • bring together knowledge, hints, tips, quotes, advice and anecdotes from a range of writers and writing resources
  • tap into your creativity and develop a critical approach to improving your writing
  • use interactive workshops and exercises to build your skills and experience.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone who has completed some creative writing and wishes to build their creative capacity and develop their knowledge.