So You Want To Write Science Fiction

WHAT: So You Want To Write Science Fiction  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2016. 6:30-8:30 PM.

WHERE: WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Have you ever wanted to know more about science fiction? Are you a fan who hasn't yet picked up a pencil, or a writer in another genre who has always been curious about SF? Join Jason Haslam and Julian Mortimer Smith to learn the ins and outs of this popular, far-reaching genre with a long and varied history.

Julian will provide practical advice on how to write and publish science fiction stories. He will focus on the craft and process of writing sci-fi and give an overview of some of the conventions of the genre. He'll also provide tips on getting published and introduce the major magazines (and other markets) that specialize in science fiction.  Jason will discuss some of the history of science fiction, as well as address some of the critical definitions of the genre – what makes science fiction “science fiction” – and explain some of the more common forms it takes.  He’ll also address the relationship between science fiction and other genre fictions (for example, fantasy, the gothic, or weird fiction).

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Julian Mortimer Smith has published more than a dozen stories in some of the world's top speculative fiction magazines, including Asimov's, Terraform, Daily Science Fiction, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. One of his stories ("Headshot") was included in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016. He has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for clients ranging from a romance publisher to a major board game company. You can find out more about his work at his website, julianmortimersmith.com

Jason Haslam is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University, where he teaches courses on science fiction, utopias, and popular culture, among other topics.  He is the author or editor of several books, including the study Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction (Routledge, 2015), the textbook Thinking Popular Culture (Pearson, 2015), and the essay collection American Gothic Cultures (University of Edinburgh Press, 2016).  You can see more at his website, jasonhaslam.ca

 *** Members, please note that you must renew your membership for 2017 in order to access the member rate. If you do not renew for 2017, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. 

Location: 
WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Building the Screenplay Behind the Movie

WHEN: Saturday, April 8th, 2017. 10 AM - 5 PM with one hour for lunch (not supplied. We recommend you pack a lunch.) 

WHERE: Mahone Bay Centre, small conference room. 45 School Street, Mahone Bay, NS. 

FOR: People interested in screenwriting. 

COST: $90 for members, $135 for non-members. 

It’s called a “motion picture” because it’s primarily a visual medium, and yet every movie begins on paper with the written word. During this one-day workshop, screenwriter Josh MacDonald will reveal the mechanics of the modern screenplay, and illustrate how this “blueprint document” can lead to the creation of powerful pop art. How is a screenplay formatted, so that its pages approximate a minute of the big-screen experience? How might “character” be written in a visual manner, so it’s apparent even with the sound turned off? Using page-to-screen comparisons, MacDonald will answer these questions and more, inspiring participants toward the crafting of their own future Academy Award winners.

Josh MacDonald is the screenwriter of the feature films The Corridor and Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage, distributed by IFC Films and eOne Entertainment, respectively. His stage plays Halo and Whereverville have been produced around North America, and are published by Talonbooks.

 
Location: 
Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay, NS.
Price: 
135.00 CAD
Member Price: 
90.00 CAD
Date: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

So You Want to Be Published - Halifax

WHAT: So You Want to Be Published  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 6:30-8:30 PM.

WHERE: WFNS Office, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Sarah Sawler as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Sarah and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Sarah and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Sarah about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Business Magazine, and ParentsCanada. Her first non-fiction book, 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and she's currently working on her second, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada--for Kids! 
 
In early 2016, Sarah completed Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence Course under the mentorship of young adult and middle grade author Richard Scrimger. Her first published short story appeared on Spelk.com in October 2016.
 
Location: 
1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

So You Want to Be Published - Antigonish

WHAT: So You Want to Be Published - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2016. 1:00-3:00 PM.

WHERE: Peoples' Place Library, Antigonish. 283 Main St.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Sarah Sawler as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Sarah and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Sarah and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Sarah about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Business Magazine, and ParentsCanada. Her first non-fiction book, 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and she's currently working on her second, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada--for Kids! 
 
In early 2016, Sarah completed Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence Course under the mentorship of young adult and middle grade author Richard Scrimger. Her first published short story appeared on Spelk.com in October 2016.
 
Location: 
Peoples' Place Library, Antigonish. 283 Main St.
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

So You Want to Be Published - Wolfville


WHAT: So You Want to Be Published  - a Professional Development Session.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017. 1:00-3:00 PM.

WHERE: St. John's Anglican Church, 161 HWY 1, Wolfville, NS.

COST: $15/Members, $25/Non-Members 

Working on an essay, novel, magazine article or history book, but not sure how to get it published when you're done?  Hesitating to share your ideas because you think the process is more complicated than you're ready for? Then this professional development session is for you. Learn from A J  B Johnston and Sarah Sawler as they share everything  they know about the publishing process - from non-fiction and magazine articles to short stories and novels. 

Sarah and John will talk transparently about the entire process, sharing practical, usable advice on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • writing an eye-catching query letter
  • finding the right market for your work
  • working effectively with editors
  • building your brand as a writer
  • meeting tough deadlines 

As a participants, you're encouraged to submit any questions you have in advance, so Sarah and John can answer as many specific questions as they can and tailor the presentation to the interests of the various regions. The first 45 minutes will feature presentations by John and Sarah about the writing and publishing process; the rest of the session will be a Q&A.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
 
A J B (John) Johnston works in three disciplines: history, fiction and museum exhibits. He enjoyed a long career as a historian with Parks Canada and now works independently. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books of history and three novels — with more to come. For his body of work on the French Colonial era in Atlantic Canada, France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2016, he was a mentor in the WFNS Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
 
Sarah Sawler is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Halifax Magazine, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Business Magazine, and ParentsCanada. Her first non-fiction book, 100 Things You Don't Know About Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in April 2016, and she's currently working on her second, 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada--for Kids! 
 
In early 2016, Sarah completed Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence Course under the mentorship of young adult and middle grade author Richard Scrimger. Her first published short story appeared on Spelk.com in October 2016.
 
Location: 
St. John's Anglican Church, 161 HWY 1, Wolfville, NS.
Price: 
25.00 CAD
Member Price: 
15.00 CAD
Date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Exploring Speculative Fiction

WHAT: Workshop.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017. 10 AM - 5 PM with one hour for lunch (not supplied.) 

WHERE: Peoples' Place Library, Antigonish. 283 Main St.

FOR: People interested in speculative fiction.

COST: $90 for members, $135 for non-members. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the map of the many different paths through the landscape of speculative fiction. We’ll talk about what makes a story speculative, tropes and expectations, and what it takes to make a good speculative story work. We’ll discuss the importance in SpecFic of three strong and interconnected story pillars (idea, character, and plot) and the best ways to approach building the world of your story. Finally, we’ll explore paths to finding speculative fiction ideas in the mundane world, and some helpful tools in the pursuit of professional publication in these genres.

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing speculative fiction, whether you've already begun your journey, or would simply like to learn more about the genre's terrain. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sherry D. Ramsey writes speculative fiction for both adults and young adults, and is one of the founding editors of Cape Breton's Third Person Press. Her award-winning debut novel, One's Aspect to the Sun, launched in 2013 from Edmonton's Tyche Books. The sequel, Dark Beneath the Moon (Tyche Books) followed in 2015, and a third book in the Nearspace series is scheduled for 2017. She has also published the YA fantasy, The Seventh Crow (Dreaming Robot Press, 2015), and an urban fantasy/mystery, The Murder Prophet. Some of her short stories are collected in To Unimagined Shores and her most recent short fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine and The 2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide. She ventures into horror writing with a story in a Nova Scotia anthology of horror, forthcoming in 2017.

Sherry has co-edited six anthologies of regional short fiction with Third Person Press and conducted numerous writing workshops in person and online. A member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, Sherry is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada and is currently SFC's website administrator. She lives in Cape Breton with her husband, two children, and two dogs, where she consumes far more chocolate and coffee than is probably good for her. Visit Sherry online on www.sherrydramsey.com, and follow her much more pithy musings on Twitter @sdramsey.
 
Location: 
Peoples' Place Library, Antigonish. 283 Main St.
Price: 
135.00 CAD
Member Price: 
90.00 CAD
Date: 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

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