The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

World Building with Ilona Andrews

Date(s): Saturday, August 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction
Cost: $49

About the Class

Fictional characters are a product of their environment and their choices are dictated by their world. This course will explore building a world “from scratch” based on random criteria chosen by the audience. It will cover topics such as how the fictional setting shapes the characters, how to integrate existing mythology and create original mythological elements, and how to develop a cohesive magical theory. It will explore the concept of limited resources in a fictional setting, demonstrate how to evolve society based on supply and demand of those limited resources, and focus on formation of power faction and how the competition between these faction drives the narrative. Questions from audience are highly encouraged.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at