This is a craft that must be taught, and I’m sure it is part of the curriculum of expensive writing programs, but I think there is an argument for teaching Worldbuilding in secondary school education.
The factors that one must consider in order to answer questions like:
- What is the most likely place for human beings to live in?
- How do geological structures form (mountains, lakes, deserts)?
- How many nation-states are likely to live on a chunk of land?
- How do those nation-states form? Are they likely to be homogeneous (same language, same culture, same religion)?
- Considering geographical locations and cultural quirks, what is their form of government likely to be?
- What happens when they’re technologically advanced enough to affect the climate or geography?
- Where does their food come from? How do they manage waste?
Seriously, this kind of class would have had me hooked from day 0. Instead I had to slough through bored teachers trying to describe why the Mali Kingdom fell (with no reference to the magnificent libraries of Timbuktu).