10 Best YouTube Channels for Fantasy Writers
The video sharing service YouTube has long-since cemented itself as a powerful tool for education. Jordan Peterson has embraced YouTube to provide lectures in philosophy, psychology and religion to resounding success. Lectures from professors across the western world are popping up on the platform like mad. But what of learning about the things that don’t exist? That is the playground of the common (and uncommon) fantasy writer, after all. So, to help the fantasy writer from the novice to the expert, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the ten best YouTube channels for fantasy writers.
Write About Dragons is a lecture series by award-winning author Brandon Sanderson. While the channel hasn’t been updated in nearly five years, the presented lectures contain a wealth of information about fantasy writing and more.
Tale Foundry features alarmingly good narration and animation, and he keeps viewers engaged by digging deep into topics like worldbuilding, Slavic folklore, HP Lovecraft, science fiction and so much more. It’s also worth mentioning that he is currently running a worldbuilding contest in association with World Anvil that is worth checking out.
Red & Blue make videos about history, myths & legends, Shakespeare and classic literature. Of particular note is their series of videos on exploring new and interesting ways to approach common tropes.
Terrible Writing Advice, contrary to what the name might suggest, actually does a decent job of exploring topics of interest to writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy. Their videos range from advice for writers and self-publishers to exploring genres such as steampunk, urban fantasy and more.
Probably one of the best YouTube channels for fantasy writers, Shadiversity’s channel is about swords. Well, it’s about swords and medieval culture, tradition, architecture, armor, and has a wealth of videos discussing medieval realism in modern films and video games. He doesn’t skimp out on the details, either. Expect him to go in-depth on all things medieval.
Artifexian’s channel is mostly about science fiction worldbuilding, but if you’re strictly a fantasy-type, don’t let that deter you. He’s got a number of videos covering things like designing calendars, constructed languages and understanding how tectonic plates might affect your world map.
Skallagrim’s videos are mainly about historic arms, tools and armor. Active on YouTube since 2006, his channel has a wealth of content as he uploads a lot. Among the most prolific YouTubers in this list, I highly suggest you give him a look. (Also, he’s from my neck of the woods, so that always helps.)
Clocking in at just under 600 videos, Lindybeige carries a wealth of knowledge about ancient, medieval and generally historic warfare and technology… and dance. Certainly the dance angle might not be up your alley, but don’t pass up his expertise just because you can’t whip or nae nae.
Historia Civilis doesn’t dance around topics, he dives right in. Covering topics relating to historic wars, events, politics and more, expect to learn some surprising things you never knew you wanted to know about history.
We added Bazbattles to our list of the best YouTube channels for fantasy writers because he does an excellent job providing detailed accounts of ancient battles, tactics and politics through smooth animated narratives from the ancient world right up to the twentieth century, as well as the occasional fictional battle.