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).


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. 

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