They Call Me… Tim!: Passive Worldbuilding with Names, Epistolary, and Food

They Call Me… Tim!: Passive Worldbuilding with Names, Epistolary, and Food – June 4, 2022 at 4 – 5PM EST

Framing devices like epistolary and footnoting can be powerful tools for enriching your story and your world. Naming schemes, epistolary, and food are a few simple but powerful tools to more smoothly integrate your secondary worldbuilding.

This panel will discuss how and why you might want to use or expand on these passive worldbuilding aspects to avoid info-dumps, provide cultural and character signals to readers without using dialogue, and enrich your fantasy world!

This panel is part of Storycrafting Sessions: Fantasy, a 100% FREE virtual conference happening on June 4th!

Sign up for this panel or look at the full event schedule!

The Moderator

Dan Fitzgerald

Dan Fitzgerald is a fantasy author living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When he is not writing, he might be gardening, taking photographs of nature, doing yoga, cooking, or listening to French music. 

The Maer Cycle is his debut trilogy, with Hollow Road and The Archive on several book bloggers’ best-of lists for 2020, and The Place Below coming March 4 2021. His upcoming duology, The Weirdwater Confluence, will be published in October 2021 and January 2022. All his books are published by Shadow Spark Publishing. 

Find out more about Dan and his books at, or look him up on Twitter or Instagram, under the name danfitzwrites.  

The Guests

NS Dolkart

N.S. Dolkart is a stay-at-home assassin trainer dad and author of the Godserfs trilogy of theological epic fantasy, starting with Silent Hall (2016 David Gemmell Morningstar Award nominee) and concluding with Among the Fallen (2017) and A Breach in the Heavens (2018). His current work in progress is a madcap potion heist.

Angela Boord

Angela Boord writes giant fantasy books that like to blend genres–from romance and historical to espionage and epic and beyond. Her Eterean Empire series, including SPFBO 5 finalist and Stabby-nominated Fortune’s Fool, is historical fantasy inspired by Renaissance Italy with gunpowder and romance and big battles. Her Rai Ascendant series, forthcoming in 2022, is Cold War portal fantasy inspired by all those spy novels she read when she was a teenager.

Angela lives in Mississippi with her husband and the six of their nine kids still under the age of eighteen, where she writes most of her books at the kitchen table surrounded by Nerf guns and Legos.

Victoria Gross

Victoria Gross is an author, poet, and freelance editor from Southeastern KY. She currently resides with her husband, stepdaughter, and menagerie of pets. Her debut novel, Zodiac Rising, will be released in Summer of 2022. 

Michael Roberti

Michael Roberti is a high school English teacher in North Carolina who has been teaching for ten years. When he is not in the classroom, he is raising two children with his wife or creating stories with his friends playing Dungeons and Dragons. Before deciding to study Literature, he was the singer of a Hardcore Punk band in Florida.

Lex Vranick

Lex Vranick is a poet and dark fiction writer from Long Island, New York. She currently lives in Florida with her dog and an over-abundance of houseplants. Lex holds a B.A. from Excelsior College and is a J.D. candidate at Florida State University. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming with Eerie River Publishing, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and Cagibi, among others. Lex can be found across the internet at @lexvranick. 

Find the full schedule for all our event panels here! They Call Me… Tim!: Passive Worldbuilding with Names, Epistolary, and Food is a part of the Storycrafting Sessions: Fantasy virtual conference.

This event is hosted by the Weeknight Writers group and sponsored by Renaissance Press.

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