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Getting to Grips with Speculative Fiction

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'Getting To Grips With Spec Fic: Speculative Fiction writing from Science Fiction to Fantasy' with William Breden at NWS this November!

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Speculative fiction is a broad category of fiction that encompasses a number of different genres. What ties them together is that the speculative elements in the stories are based on conjecture - and do not exist in the real world. It's often argued that speculative fiction allows a writer more breadth and depth to explore imagined worlds without being "pigeon-holed" into a specific genre category i.e. science-fiction. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3zamgvD

William Breden's course aims to give writers an overview of the speculative fiction genre and will serve as an introduction or a refresher to prospective writers of science fiction and fantasy.

During the workshop, writers will be encouraged to consider the creation of new worlds and the people (or things) that inhabit them. It will enable participants to look at technology with new eyes and consider how setting can be as important as character.

This is a course for writers of prose or poetry to consider the magic and the marvellous and how to capture them on the page.

There will be a focus on practical exercises and feedback and at the conclusion of the course, each writer should have some ideas and early drafts ready for further development.

Within the two hour session, the following areas will be covered and each student will be supported to produce work to help embed that learning:

  • Genre
  • World-building
  • Technology and Magic
  • Narrative structure and poetic themes
  • Writing the alien

About William Breden

William Breden is a PhD candidate and tutor on the BA and MA Creative Writing courses at De Montfort University.

His poetry and prose have been published in various journals and magazines and his poem "Lies We Believe About Ourselves" was nominated for the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2013. He edited a collection of science fiction stories based in Leicester in 2015. He is currently developing a play with Arts Council Support due to tour in 2022.

Website: www.hashtagfml.co.uk

Twitter: @winsomevogon

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Tickets cost £15 for NWS Members and £18 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. A link with access instructions will be emailed to you shortly before the workshop is due to start. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please email us at admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk

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Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a one-of-a-kind venue in the heart of the Midlands.

We’re a place for members to come together and meet like-minded people, as well as somewhere to grow our craft and become the best writers we can be.

Our regular socials include big names, while our workshops are taught by industry experts like Bali Rai, Alex Davis, and Joanna Penn.

We also encourage members to teach courses, expanding the money they can make from the skills that they have.

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a place for you to learn, grow, and meet writers just like you.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been writing for decades, we’ve got networking events and writing workshops that are perfect for you.

Head on over to our membership page to find out more about our membership packages.

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