The New England Writers' Centre is proud to present Wands and Wormholes, a fantastic weekend of two full day workshops on writing gripping and believable speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction) hosted by acclaimed authors Angela Slatter and Ian Irvine.
Saturday the 15th
Creating Believable Speculative Fiction: a Toolkit for Writers
Join award-winning author Angela Slatter (Vigil, Corpslight and Restoration) for a full day workshop on the mechanics of writing believable speculative fiction, from the finer points of word-building to dreaming up engaging characters, from creating convincing dialogue and settings to making your readers believe the lies you’re telling!
Sunday the 16th
How to craft an original story
Join award winning author and Australian marine scientist Ian Irvine (The View from the Mirrors, The Well of Echoes, The Song of the Tears, The Gates of Good and Evil) for a full day workshop focusing on the planning and design of original speculative fiction stories, dealing with the story concept, premise, central concept and the dramatic question that drives the story. Ian will also cover topics such as the best way to tell the story, appropriate word-building, the relevance of the theme, the development of a balanced cast of characters, heightening story twists, mystery elements and big moments, and making sure the story has internal logic.
Finally, Ian will discuss how to solve common story problems. Participants may bring along a complete short story, or be prepared to write one during the workshop. Ian will read the stories and provide feedback.
Stuff you need to know...
When: 15th and 16th September, 10:30-3:30pm.
Where: The Hub, upstairs Tamworth City Library
Cost: One workshop: $110 NEWC members, $135 Non members
Both workshops: $185 NEWC members, $235 Non members
Ticket price includes a light lunch and refreshments, including tea and coffee.
About the authors...
Angela Slatter’s debut novel, Vigil, was released by Jo Fletcher Books in 2016, with the sequels Corpselight and Restoration following in 2017 and 2018 respectively. She is the author of eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Black-Winged Angels, Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. Her work has been adapted for the screen, and translated into Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. Angela has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, one Ditmar Award, and five Aurealis Awards.
Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has written 32 novels, including 11 bestselling fantasy novels in two quartets and a trilogy of echo thrillers about catastrophic climate change, and 13 books for children. His Three World Fantasy novels have sold over a million copies worldwide.