Collaborative World Building Workshop

NMCA Workshop

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This workshop is being held at an event:
2016 NMC Summer Conference
06/13/2016 - 06/16/2016
MAGIC Center 159 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester Rochester, NY 14623
NMCA Workshop Schedule:
06/14/2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM EDT
Not available at this time

RIT Creative Writing Professor Trent Hergenrader will lead participants through the process of collaboratively building a fictional world in a genre of their choosing—post-apocalyptic, steampunk, cyberpunk, zombie horror, etc. Through a series of exercises and discussion, the group will determine the details of the world including its economic, political, social, and cultural structures, and how these details impact the lives of the people living in this world. The workshop will conclude with tips on how to use this methodology in classrooms or other environments where contributors learn to bridge their critical thinking with creative production.

Collaborative World-Building Workshop

Interest Level:
 Tuesday 14th of June 2016 01:00 PM — 04:00 PM EDT
Session Type Session Pathway Audience Skill
Preconference Workshop Creativity and Making  all  all


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Trent Hergenrader
Rochester Institute of Technology

Trent Hergenrader is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Creative Writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Black Static, Weird Tales, and other fine places. His fiction has been reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year #1 and he has received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Science Fiction, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and Best Horror of the Year #3. His academic work focuses on digital pedagogy, creative writing pedagogy, and games and game-based learning. He has authored several articles on using digital and tabletop role-playing games as models for large-scale collaborative fiction writing projects. He is co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy, and Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom, both published by Bloomsbury. He also is writing a book tentative titled Collaborative World Building: A Guide for Classrooms, Writing Groups, and Role-Playing Gamers. In fall 2014, he was named one of “Ten RIT Faculty to Watch” by RIT University News and added to their Experts Guide. He is a co-founder and Secretary of the Creative Writing Studies Organization and a co-founder and senior editor of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.