Books. Movies. Television. Theater. Videogames. Human creativity, across its many media and genres, necessarily involves world-building. Most obviously in works of fantasy, such as the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings, but also in ‘realistic’ narratives and formats, such as documentaries, memoir, and non-fiction. Likewise, when adapting a work from one media to another, world-building is an indispensable part of the adaptation process. In this class, we will consider examples of world-building across of range of media, formats, and genres, identifying elements crucial to world-building (geography, politics, social relations, economic structures, language, architecture, history, etc.), techniques that work well for realizing those elements in varying media, and how those techniques often need to change when adapting across media. Students will also try their hands at world-building, employing what we’ve learned to produce a work in a media and genre appropriate to the students’ skills and interests.