About the Course

Rebekah Loper is the author of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch. In 2018, she launched the Worldbuilding NaNo Prep Course over email, then decided to go bigger! 

Psst: the course is still--and will always be--free!

The Worldbuilding NaNo Prep Course is not as in-depth as The A-Zs of Worldbuilding. This is a brief overview of worldbuilding to help you get the bare bones of your world in place so you can continue developing it as you begin writing your story.

For the months of September and October, you'll get access to three lessons per week to guide you through creating a cohesive, extensive world just in time for you to churn out those 50,000 words in November. Even if you’re not participating in NaNo, you’re more than welcome to join the prep course!

  • Anyone who is plotting the next novel, or even has started writing / pantsing it should dedicate a few minutes each day to work through this course. It could help trigger ideas for your WIP [work in progress] or help you build a richer multifaceted world. I know my ms [manuscript] benefited from it.

    — C. Sciriha

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Table of Contents

Welcome & Resources
An Important Note on Intellectual Property & Copyright
It's Nice to Meet You!
How the Course Works
Recommended Resources
Week 1
A is for Architecture
B is for Birth
Week 2
C is for Clothing
D is for Death
E is for Economy
Week 3
F is for Food
G is for Geography
H is for History
Week 4
I is for Interior Design
J is for Judicial Systems

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Frequently Asked Questions

What IS worldbuilding?

Worldbuilding is creating the setting for a story, usually for a fantasy or science fiction story.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It's an amazing annual writing challenge, and you should definitely look it up.

Can I do the course even if I'm not doing NaNo?

Absolutely! Anyone who needs a jumpstart with their worldbuilding is welcome to take the course.

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

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