From Hobbits to Harry Potter

From Hobbits to Harry Potter – Writing Great Fantasy Fiction

In recent years, books by J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, and other fantasy authors have sold hundreds of millions of copies, reflecting the immense popularity of fantasy stories in literature and film.

Dragon and Hero

What do the diverse types of fantasy lit have in common, and what differentiates them? And why have we turned so wholeheartedly to fantasy stories in the 21st century?

As Newbery Award-winning author Lloyd Alexander said, “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

This presentation, by the author of A Guide to Fantasy Literature and The Purpose of Fantasy, will unravel the secrets of successful fantasy fiction for writers and readers alike. How do fantasy stories draw us in to their remarkable worlds? How can we use their structure and special insights to improve our stories?


Presentations range from a 1-hour talk to a several-hour workshop. The longer session allows time for writing exercises and in-depth exploration of great writing approaches.