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Writing the 21st century fantasy

A journey into the mythic storytelling of scifi & fantasy with author and storyteller Damien Walter on a hunt for the 21st century fantasy.

For so long as there have been people, there have been tales. Stories to assist us perceive our mysterious universe and provides which means to our lives. Stories to provide us consolation in darkness and encourage us to succeed in for the sunshine.

Science fiction & fantasy are the most well-liked tales of the 21st century. On the cinema display screen, in our Netflix streams and in video video games, billions of us watch, learn and play the superb tales of scifi and fantasy.

Damien Walter, author on sci-fi and geek tradition for The Guardian, BBC, WIRED and graduate of the Clarion writers workshop, leads a journey into scifi and fantasy storytelling.

Five Star Reviews

“I loved the course. Damien has simplified the complexity of stories for me.” Kim Davis, The Rhetoric of Story

“This was excellent. Rather than teaching the mechanics of writing, this is about how to tell a compelling story.” Mark Lemke, The Rhetoric of Story

“This course was absolutely amazing. I started this course as my job was slowing down for the covid-19 pandemic and ultimately finished it at home after being laid off.” Cory Ellis, The Rhetoric of Story

“I found this course informative, exciting and inspiring. As a 75 year old, new to writing this has motivated a new journey of which i am looking forward to with enthusiasm.” Brian Cummings, The Rhetoric of Story

“Wonderful style of teaching and great use of “practicing what you preach”. Each lecture itself seems like listening to a narrative.” Maral Asdjian, The Rhetoric of Story

“Damien clarified for me exactly what I was missing – the essence of the story.” Grzegorz Kopeć, The Rhetoric of Story

“With relevant examples, Damien has literally broken down complex ideas into easy, digestible content.” Shivani Deshmukh, The Rhetoric of Story

“Damien is a very engaging teacher and he makes the complexity of this subject accessible and thrilling. I have no background in literary studies. And English isn’t my native language. Even so, I followed all the lessons without significant hassle.”

“simply full of insightful tips and advices – there’s not a dull or pointless moment in the whole class.” Juuso Sallinen, The Rhetoric of Story

Science fiction is our fashionable mythology

As science remodeled how we noticed the universe, life and human existence, our previous myths died. We started a seek for new myths to provide which means to the trendy world, myths we name science fiction.

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 and a thousand tales past, nice storytellers have crafted new myths for the age of science.

But as we develop into the 21st century, even the trendy myths of science fiction are getting previous. The want for the myths for our quick altering world is larger than ever.

Who will write the 21st century fantasy?

When Damien Walter requested Twitter what was the best fantasy of the 21st century, he obtained a stunning reply, from the storyteller Neil Gaiman himself.

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers – all of the smash hit sci-fi & fantasy franchises of at present are myths of the final century, their values are these of the previous 20th, not the long run 21st century.

When a very 21st century fantasy is written, we are going to realize it.

Who will write the 21st century fantasy? Will it’s Neil Gaiman? Will it’s any of the good new writers of at present?

Or will it, maybe, be you?


Damien Walter wrote the lengthy operating Weird Things column for The Guardian, and has interviewed legendary SF authors together with Harlan Elison and Neil Stephenson. He studied with World Fantasy award winner Graham Joyce, and is a graduate of the Clarion author’s workshop lead by Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link. His writing programs have over twenty-five thousand college students on-line.

As featured in:

The Guardian, BBC, Wired, The Independent, Buzzfeed, Aeon

The superior course for followers and creators of science fiction and fantasy

Join a rising group of passionate followers and creators on a journey to write down new myths for the 21st century.

  • Talks – open talks traditional works of science fiction & fantasy and the myths they gave to the world.
  • Workshops – deep dive discussions and writing craft periods to open up the mythic creativeness.
  • Interviews – with main creators and trade professionals.
  • Feedback – the possibility to get your tales learn and to develop additional with essential suggestions.
  • Certification – create your 21st century fantasy and obtain course certification.

Join the course in Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy at present on Udemy

Instructors: Damien Walter


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