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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing  

Dive into this four-week intensive workshop where you will develop science fiction and fantasy ideas for publication. Our goal is to generate the best possible outline and chapters for a writer's future novel and learn what will be necessary to complete or revise the novel with an eye toward publication.

Topics Include

  • Alternative storytelling in screenplays and working outside of the common three-act structure.
  • What is and isn’t science fiction and fantasy, what basic concepts qualify a story as speculative fiction and how science fiction and fantasy differ from one another
  • World creation – how to build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world that readers will want to share with you.
  • Story construction – finding a character for an idea, or developing ideas for a character to enact
  • Writing well – keeping exposition in its place; piquing the reader’s interest; revisions, editing, and writing style improvements.
  • The Life and business of writing – the markets for short and long speculative fiction and how to reach them including professional writers associations, classes, workshops, conferences and conventions.

Note: This course is designed for a new novelist with a story underway, but not yet completed.


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