Brandon Sanderson Lecture 1: Intro to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing (1/5)

Brandon Sanderson Lecture 1: Intro to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing (1/5)
In which Brandon introduces his winter 2012 class at Brigham Young University on creative writing for science fiction and fantasy authors. Next up: “Ideas are Cheap” . See all the lectures in one place at

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  1. fishlips54

    Late students are a pain in the ass. Lunkheads one and all.

  2. James Hensley

    This is actually helpful as I have tons of ideas from psychological thriller, to fantasy action, and even Noir fantasy. I actually have wanted to write novels since I was young. I have a friend who is an author, some of her books are on M/M romance and has gotten great reviews on Amazon.

  3. Jenny Stewart

    I so appreciate being able to listen in on this wonderful writer’s class! Inspires me as I settle in for the day’s work on my ya sci-fi novel.

  4. psikeyhackr

    Can there possibly be a way to measure science fiction and fantasy? No, that’s gotta be a fantasy! Doesn’t science fiction have to use science words and fantasy use fantasy words like ‘gravity’ and ‘unicorn’ and ‘orbit’ and ‘vampire’? So what if you count all of those words? Won’t some books use them more than others? JK Rowling uses the word ‘wand’ 1,500 in the Harry Potter books. Michael Chrichton uses 132 science words 923 times in Andromeda Strain for a science density of 2.278 which totally blows away Harry Potter’s Fantasy density of 0.706. Talk about anti-Potter

  5. Kaori Kinoko

    Anybody else read Apex?

  6. Kássia Monteiro

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so so much for sharing this.

  7. Adrian Cueto

    Um,so many…umm..Vocal fillers…

  8. Paweł Andonis Gawralidis Dobrzański herbu Leliwa.

    Tip: read a bit of Poland’s history. Tolkien got inspired by battle of wienna. But Ordon, Deluge and many other stories

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