Pocket Workshop

Included here is advice for handling writer's block, working with voice, and using allegory, as well as methods for scene-setting, landing a good finish, writing despite distractions, mentoring, and so much more.

Author: Tod McCoy

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ISBN: 0997951079

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Futureproofing Your Writing

This book presents techniques to "futureproof" your writing, whether set in the distant future or the ever-changing "modern day."

Author: Andrew Burt

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1540650111

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Page: 60

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How to avoid anachronisms in fiction to keep your prose timeless... So you're reading along in the Bourne Ultimatum, you're with Jason Bourne on the run, he's caught sneaking out to the car-interrogated by the baddies-and boom, he says, "I'm just driving out on the highway to find a phone, that's all." He what? Doesn't he have a cell phone? While in 1991 there were no cell phones to speak of, today it's awkward for a character not to have one, and this leaves the reader feeling the story is dated, or at least wondering why such a notable absence isn't explained. Yet it could have been easily avoided. Technology changes so fast-and changes life so fast-that if you aren't careful as a writer, your masterpiece could quickly sound dated, and needlessly rob you of readers and sales. You can't avoid technology, as that can be just as bad; though with a few careful choices of words you can lengthen the shelf-life of your work. It used to be only science fictional accounts of the future that became outdated as tomorrow rolled in, but now unless you're writing in a historical time period, the pace of change is so rapid that stories intended to be set in the modern day may be dated by the time readers see them. Science fiction is even more prone to this problem, when fictional technologies become real-but not in the way described-or, worse, are bypassed and laughably unreal. The good news is that, other than the Major Assumptions of your story (such as faster than light travel), chances are little of your story truly relies on you nailing down specifics about many things that might get outdated, nor would they be harmed if you described them more generically. Your story is uniquely yours anyway, so carefully sidestepping pitfalls won't hurt your story, only make it more robust. This book presents techniques to "futureproof" your writing, whether set in the distant future or the ever-changing "modern day."

Writing Fantasy Science Fiction

The Clarion experience had a huge , positive impact on me - more , I think , than
anything I studied at university - and as a result I became a proselytiser for writers
' workshops . In my early twenties I even had fantasies of setting up a writers ...

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Publisher: Unistar Books

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The Big Book of Science Fiction

... of the famous Futurians science fiction group, Knight founded the Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and cofounded three influential
organizations: the National Fantasy Fan Federation, the Milford Writer's
Workshop, ...

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101910108

Category: Fiction

Page: 1216

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Quite possibly the GREATEST science-fiction collection of ALL TIME—past, present, and FUTURE! What if life was never-ending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the Pope was a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the new wave, and more. Learn the secret history of science fiction, from literary icons who wrote SF to authors from over 25 countries, some never before translated into English. In THE BIG BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Read the genre that predicted electric cars, travel to the moon, and the modern smart phone. We’ve got the worlds if you’ve got the time. Including: · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula LeGuin! · An unearthed sci-fi story from W.E.B. DuBois! · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in 20 years! · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Liu Cixin! Plus: · Aliens! · Space battles! · Robots! · Technology gone wrong! · Technology gone right!

Great Authors of Science Fiction Fantasy

National FantasyFan Federation (N3F) P.O. Box 1925 Mountain View, CA 94041
Web site: http://n3f.org The National FantasyFan Federation, morecommonly
known as N3F,offers writing workshops, online and “snail mail” discussion
groups, ...

Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 9781622750917

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

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Fantastical realms, enchanted creatures, and imaginative technologies are but a few of the many elements that draw readers to the science fiction and fantasy genres of literature. Great science fiction and fantasy authors are skilled at blending the unfamiliar with the familiar, making their imaginative tales both grounded and, in some cases, prescient. Writers such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling, and J.R.R. Tolkien, to name a few, explore themes ranging from conformity and government control to the dual burden and blessing of advanced technology, challenging readers to reimagine the world they know. The lives of some of the most prolific and popular authors of these genres are surveyed in this compelling volume.

Storyteller

"For 27 years, Kate Wilhelm and her husband, Damon Knight, taught at the Clarion Writers' Workshop, an intensive and ambitious six-week writing program for novice writers, known to participants as "boot camp for writers.

Author: Kate Wilhelm

Publisher: Small Beer Press

ISBN: 9781931520164

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

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Part memoir and part writing manual, an affectionate account of teaching writing at the Clarion workshop.

Paratexts

Author James Gunn was commissioned to write introductions to these works, which allowed him to pay tribute to many authors who inspired and influenced him.

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810891234

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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In the mid-1980s, Easton Press began publishing a series of leather-bound collector editions called “Masterpieces of Science Fiction,” and “Masterpieces of Fantasy,” which featured some of the most important works in these genres. Author James Gunn was commissioned to write introductions to these works, which allowed him to pay tribute to many authors who inspired and influenced him. In Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Gunn has collected the most significant essays produced for the Easton series, along with prefaces he wrote for reprints of his own novels. Drawing upon Gunn’s lifetime of work in the field, these introductions include analyses of the individual works and the fields in which they were written. Gunn also briefly discusses each novel’s significance in the science fiction canon. Collected here for the first time, these prefaces and introductions provide readers with insight into more than seventy novels, making Paratexts a must read for science fiction and fantasy aficionados.

Science Fiction Culture

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230541438

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: Steampunk, Science fiction fandom, LGBT themes in speculative fiction, History of science fiction, Science fiction convention, Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival, List of LGBT-themed speculative fiction, Women in speculative fiction, Norwescon, Golden Age of Science Fiction, Science fiction libraries and museums, Rocket to the Morgue, Arcanepunk, Steamcon, SpoCon, Milford Writer's Workshop, RadCon, The Enchanted Duplicator, 19th World Science Fiction Convention, Northern Colorado Writers Workshop. Excerpt: Homosexuality in speculative fiction refers to the incorporation of homosexual themes into science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction and related genres which together constitute speculative fiction (SF). Such elements may include a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual (LGBT) character as the protagonist or a major character, or exploration of varieties of sexual experience that deviate from the conventional. Science fiction and fantasy have traditionally been puritanical genres aimed at a male readership, and can be more restricted than non-genre literature by their conventions of characterisation and the effect that these conventions have on depictions of sexuality and gender. However, speculative fiction also gives authors and readers the freedom to imagine societies that are different from real-life cultures. This freedom makes speculative fiction a useful means of examining sexual bias, by forcing the reader to reconsider his or her heteronormative cultural assumptions. It has also been claimed that LGBT readers identify strongly with the mutants, aliens, and other outsider characters found in speculative fiction Before the 1960s, explicit sexuality of any kind was rare in speculative fiction, as the editors who controlled what was published attempted to protect their perceived key market of...

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

writing classes are conducted like workshops ; if so , they ' ll deliver at least the
minimum that every workshop delivers . And if by some great fluke you end up
with a teacher who actually knows how to teach writing , be glad and learn all you
 ...

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 158297103X

Category: Reference

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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

New Suns

These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and futures, authors freed of stereotypes and clichés, ready to dazzle you with their daring genius. Unexpected brilliance shines forth from every page.

Author: Nisi Shawl

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 9781781085783

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Multiple award-winning anthology of contemporary stories by emerging and seasoned writers of many races Winner of the 2020 Locus Award for best Anthology, Winner of Best Anthology, World Fantasy Awards 2020, Nominated for Best Anthology, Ignyte Awards 2020, Winner of the Brave New Words Award 2020 "There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns,” proclaimed Octavia E Butler. New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights, powerful visions of the familiar made strange. Between this book’s covers burn tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their indefinable overlappings. These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and futures, authors freed of stereotypes and clichés, ready to dazzle you with their daring genius. Unexpected brilliance shines forth from every page. Including stories by Indrapramit Das, E Lily Yu, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anil Menon, Jaymee Goh and many others. Introduction by Levar Burton. “This book’s wide range of stories is its greatest strength; though no reader will love them all, every reader will find something worth rereading.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

How to Improve Your Speculative Fiction Openings

A Piece of The Secret to Professional Writing-Revealed!In this landmark work, long time Critters Writers' Workshop member Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the openings of over 1,400(!) speculative fiction pieces - science fiction, fantasy, ...

Author: Robert Qualkinbush

Publisher:

ISBN: 0615681689

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Page: 116

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A Piece of The Secret to Professional Writing-Revealed!In this landmark work, long time Critters Writers' Workshop member Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the openings of over 1,400(!) speculative fiction pieces - science fiction, fantasy, and some horror - from both professionals and new writers. He's found what makes pro selling stories work. As the title says, this book is filled with tons of examples that show you how to improve your openings so they'll sell your story."If you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." -Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM "A monumental effort. A must read for anyone who wants to be a professional science fiction and fantasy writer." -Dr. Andrew Burt, founder, Critters Writers' Workshop (Critique.org)

Fantasy Science Fiction

Robert Vamosi attended Clarion West Writers Workshop last summer . He is a
graduate of Northwestern University with a double major in Film and English
Literature . While in college he received an arts grant that allowed him to write ...

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ISBN: UVA:X002555706

Category: Fantasy fiction

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African American Review

Speaking in Tongues : An Interview with Science Fiction Writer Nalo Hopkinson
Gregory E. Rutledge , a first - year English Ph.D. candidate at the University of
Wisconsin - Madison , studies Black science fiction and fantasy . ... Jamaican -
born Hopkinson is the daughter of the late Slade Hopkinson , the Guyanese actor
, poet , and playwright who was part of Derek Walcott's Trinidad Theatre
Workshop .

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ISBN: MINN:31951P007271047

Category: African American arts

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The Ninth Science Fiction MEGAPACK

A 1992 graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, she has sold stories to
Asimov's Science Fiction, and other ... is a science fiction and fantasy writer who
is also known for his essays on both the history of science fiction and sf/fantasy ...

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781479403455

Category: Fiction

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"The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack" contains 27 more works spanning time and space--including 24 stories, 2 interviews, and "A Science Fiction Alphabet." Fun stuff indeed! Included are: INTERVIEW: DAN SIMMONS, conducted by Darrell Schweitzer THE SPIRES OF DENON, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG, by Brenda W. Clough FOR I AM A JEALOUS PEOPLE! by Lester del Rey LUVVER, by Mack Reynolds FROG LEVEL, by Bud Webster CAPTAINS CONSPIRING AT THEIR MUTINIES, by Jay Lake SHIFTING SEAS, by Stanley G. Weinbaum THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 8, by Grendel Briarton ROCK GARDEN, by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. THE GENOA PASSAGE, by George Zebrowski EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, by Ray Faraday Nelson OVER THE TOP, by Lester del Rey WHEN THEY COME FROM SPACE, by Mark Clifton THE SEALED SKY, by Cynthia Ward METEOR STRIKE! by Donald E. Westlake WAITING FOR THE COIN TO DROP, by Dean Wesley Smith BEYOND THE DARKNESS, by S. J. Byrne THE SMALLEST GOD, by Lester del Rey THE SCIENCE FICTION ALPHABET, by Allen Glasser CANAL, by Carl Jacobi THE LOCH MOOSE MONSTER, by Janet Kagan MY FAIR PLANET, by Evelyn E. Smith BEFORE EDEN, by Arthur C. Clarke SEQUENCE, by Carl Jacobi PREFERRED RISK, by Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey INTEVIEW: FREDERIK POHL, conducted by Darrell Schweitzer If you enjoy this book, search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the more than 100 other entries in the series, covering science fiction, modern authors, mysteries, westerns, classics, adventure stories, and much, much more!

The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction Fantasy

For feminists , science fiction and fantasy offers an index of possibilities , a means
of exploring the potential of women . Such fictional ... The 1975 Le Guin writers '
workshop at Aussiecon I produced the anthology The Altered I ( 1976 ) .

Author: Sean McMullen

Publisher: Melbourne University

ISBN: STANFORD:36105021004945

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

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This book covers all Australian science fiction and fantasy authors, books and stories, as well as important magazines, sub-genres and works published electronically.

The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction

Odyssey Take Your Science Fiction , Fantasy , and Horror Writing to the Next
Level at THE SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP June 8 - July 17 , 2009 • Intensive
sessions on plot , character , world building • Detailed feedback on your writing ...

Author:

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105132677977

Category: Fantasy fiction

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Novel and Short Story Writer s Market 1993

Santa Fe Writers' Conference 577 Santa Monica Review 261 Sassy Fiction
Contest 544 Sassy Magazine 382 Savant Garde ... Workshop 604 Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. 605 Science Fiction Chronicle 61 1
Science ...

Author: Robin Gee

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898795788

Category: Authorship

Page: 624

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Fiction writers turn to this guide each year for marketing information on 1,900 fiction publishers. Helpful articles and interviews with professional writers make this book essential for novel and short story writers.

How to Improve Your Speculative Fiction Openings 2nd Ed

In this landmark work, long time Critters Writers' Workshop member Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the openings of over 1,400(!) speculative fiction pieces - science fiction, fantasy, and some horror - from both professionals and new ...

Author: Robert Qualkinbush

Publisher:

ISBN: 1490555277

Category:

Page: 166

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A Piece of The Secret to Professional Writing-Revealed! In this landmark work, long time Critters Writers' Workshop member Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the openings of over 1,400(!) speculative fiction pieces - science fiction, fantasy, and some horror - from both professionals and new writers. He's found what makes pro selling stories work. As the title says, this book is filled with tons of examples that show you how to improve your openings so they'll sell your story. 2nd edition - revised and nearly doubled in size, with an extensive analysis of opening hooks!If you want to be a professional writer, you have to read this. "If you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." -Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM "A monumental effort. A must read for anyone who wants to be a professional science fiction and fantasy writer." -Dr. Andrew Burt, founder, Critters Writers' Workshop (Critique.org)