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How to write science fiction

Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

How to write science fiction

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Science fiction and fantasy – or speculative fiction – is the literary success story of the twenty-first century. The genre has never been so popular with readers or writers, and the worlds of film and television are dominated by adaptations of SF masterworks, from the epic fantasy Game Of Thrones through to the dystopian drama of The Hunger Games.

On this one-day course award-winning steampunk novelist Liesel Schwarz will teach you the vital components of writing great speculative fiction, from building credible worlds and engaging characters to devising compelling plots and ultimately pitching your completed novel to agents and publishers. Practical workshops will enable you to finesse your own writing, so you leave with a plan for how to make a book work on every level for some of fiction's most demanding readers.

Liesel will be assisted by leading literary agent Oliver Munson, one of the few agents working in this field and bestselling SFF author and screenwriter Ben Aaronovich, whose work includes the Rivers of London series of novels as well as screenplays for Doctor Who and Blakes 7.

Course content

  • World Building – setting the stage
  • How to create memorable characters
  • The pitfalls of plotting
  • Practicalities – editing, pitching your work to the publishing industry, fandom and more

Tutor profiles

Liesel Schwarz is the award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the first book in her Chronicles of Light and Shadow Steampunk series. A member of both the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society, she is currently completing her PhD in science fiction and fantasy writing, she has extensive experience of teaching. Visit her website here.

 

Details

Date: Saturday 30 November 2013
Times: 10am-5pm. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time.
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Price: from £199 (includes VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 16
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
London
N1 9GU

United Kingdom

Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)


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