You can find our website at this group is for: writers of speculative fiction working on short story, novel and similar formats.We have the occasional screen writer, but note this group primarily focuses on the published format. And it’s a pretty big problem, at least if you’re a jobbing sci-fi author who would like to get read (and hence paid)…the problem is that your novum, even when it sounds mighty interesting, is actually mighty boring.
Who should attend: both aspiring and published authors are welcome.
It is a great arena to workshop your story, find out what is working, what might not be, and to gain insight from members with a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. What is expected of you: every meeting will have a work submitted by one or two members.
When high-falutin people talk about sci-fi you’ll often hear them use words like to describe the…thing…at the heart of every sci-fi story that makes it sci-fi. But the film still has a novum…a couple go through a difficult divorce.
There, I said it, novums are fucking insanely dull! A portal that leads to every possible world sounds really interesting! But if it’s actually going to BE interesting for your audience, the novum has to do something much more than just sit around being a cool idea.
A blend of craft basics and speculative fiction specifics, this creative writing course is an invaluable way to find your place in today’s golden age of fantastic fiction.
This course aims to develop your speculative fiction writing skills and equip you with one completed short story as well as a portfolio of writing within a framework of knowledge that will become the basis of your writing practice.What is it about your story that is unreal and how do you make it realistic? How to make them distinctive, identifiable, memorable and use them to steer your readers’ emotions. • Story Elements: Language – Narrative, Description and Dialogue. BANK TRANSFER/LODGEMENT: if you don’t have a card to pay for the course, you can pay through bank transfer or bank lodgement. POST: We no longer accept cash, cheque or money order payments by post. We write about what isn’t or can’t be real, so we have to work harder to make readers believe.This is a course about how to tell a story about something that isn’t real, and how to make that believable. Coming up with ideas, shaping them into a basic plan and setting goals. Your characters are defined by their environment, and they affect it in turn. • Story Elements: Establishing a Problem – the Key to a Plot. Find the emotional spikes, the peaks of excitement, the pivotal situations that will provoke different emotions. If you’d prefer to use another email address for the course correspondence or if you’re paying on behalf of another student, when you have processed the payment, please send the relevant email address and name for the course correspondence to [email protected]’s your core concept, what kind of world do your characters inhabit? Think ecology, with everything connected, affecting everything else. If your problem is something that doesn’t exist in the real world, how do you make it emotionally compelling? How to pitch, how publishers make decisions and what to expect from the process. Being deliberate about your scene-setting and storytelling technique. How it works and what to expect from your editor, designer and the production process. Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.How hard do I have to argue to persuade you that a story that’s actually divorce proceedings, with long detailed speeches from lawyers, about the details of marriage contract law, will be quite boring?Then why would a story about a portal that connects all world’s, with achingly long monologues by competent scientists on the details of multiverse physics, be any more interesting? And so it obsesses over novums, concepts, ideas, explanation and other intellectual modes.Is your climate change/urban fantasy/ghost story novel begging to be written—or finished—if only you knew how?Have you got a bunch of amazing ideas but are not quite sure how to get them on the page? Designed to give you the practical skills to approach your speculative writing projects with confidence, this creative writing course is built around specific issues that often plague the fantasy or science-fiction writer—world-building, over-plotting, dialogue quandaries, multiple viewpoints, and avoiding cliché.It provides the framework for the much more important story happening on the interior level, as Dustin Hoffman’s character has to finally grow up and take responsibility for home and family.It’s not details of divorce proceedings that make Kramer vs Kramer compelling, it’s the inner human journey, the EMOTIONAL journey, that the audience are captured by.