A Speculative Fiction Expedition (virtual) with Sherry D. Ramsey

In this workshop, we’ll journey through the landscape of science fiction and fantasy, stopping to explore what makes a story or poem ‘speculative,’ tropes and expectations of the genres, and the best ways to build engaging story worlds. We’ll scout out what makes strong speculative fiction writing that feels fresh and offers something new, and we’ll consider new and developing sub-genres and trends. We’ll discover how and where to find inspiration for speculative fiction ideas in the ‘real world,’ discuss the various publication routes we might take with these stories, and look at where the market is headed. Each session, we’ll also spend some time writing to explore these ideas.

About the instructor: Sherry D. Ramsey writes science fiction and fantasy, for both adults and young adults, and is one of the founding editors of Cape Breton’s Third Person Press. She has published over thirty short stories nationally and internationally, and her bestselling space opera Nearspace series is published by Edmonton’s Tyche Books. Her works for younger readers include the YA fantasy The Seventh Crow (Dreaming Robot Press, 2015), the middle grade science fiction adventure Planet Fleep (2018), and a collection of short fiction. The first novel-length work in her urban fantasy Olympia Investigations series was released in 2023. She’s currently completing a comic fantasy novel, as well as teaching English courses as a sessional instructor at Cape Breton University. She (rather obviously, if you’ve been paying attention) lives in Cape Breton, where she consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her.

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers, as well as early-career and established authors exploring speculative fiction and its subgenres (About recommended experience levels)

Participant cap: 12

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, May 7 + May 14 + May 28 + June 4, 2024 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)
Please note: there is no session on May 21.

Registration (for 2024 General Members & for nonmembers): $169

If the registration fee would make it difficult or impossible for you to participate in this workshop, we encourage you to contact Andy at communications@writers.ns.ca to arrange a fee alternative.

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