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.