I’ll be the first to admit I’m tired of Zoom and Meet and every other way I have to communicate with students now — but I’m still excited about some of the upsides.
Because so many organizations and conferences have had to move online, they’ve created videos of sessions. If you’re a speculative fiction writer, there are some particularly wonderful options out there.
The Carl Brandon Society has a number of videos, including a Mythology and Speculative Literature Panel and Our Literary Mothers: Influence and Inspiration.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is holding monthly webinars on world building, hosted by Kate Elliott. If you’re a member of SFWA, you can participate this way. The public can eventually watch them here.
If podcasts are more your speed, maybe listen to Ezra Klein’s discussion with N.K. Jemison.
You might also try Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova’s Deadline City, which discusses many aspects of worldbuilding as well as all kinds of essential topics.
For the children’s/YA writers among you — If you’re a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, or if you become one, you can have access to digital workshops.
We all could use a little inspiration, or maybe a lot. I hope your worlds grow.