Attendees at our Fantasy Writing & World Building with Joni Sensel: SCBWI Germany
[Jan 14. 2012]:
Members: Kim Enderle, Juliane Kayser, Sarah Johnson, Mina Witteman (Regional Advisor-Netherlands), Barbara Scheer-Hocheimer, Lenore Appelhans, Kirsten Carlson, Joni Sensel, Donna Weidner, Norma Klein, Angela Cerrito (Assistant International Advisor), Twyla Weixl
Workshop Summary by Twyla Dawn Weixl
On January 14, fifteen SCBWI members from Germany and Holland learned much about creating convincing worlds, be they fantasy, historical or contemporary.
Workshop leader Joni Sensel, author of five published fantasy novels, covered a great deal of material in one afternoon, including writing exercises which challenged the participants to put theory into practice. Joni’s skill in pushing us to identify the specific nature of our “worlds-in-progress” and how that forms and motivates our characters, was particularly helpful. She clearly showed us what kind of questions we need to ask to create a truly convincing world and its inhabitants.