Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Stories (Virtual) with Julian Mortimer Smith

In this 4-week workshop, students will learn how to craft speculative fiction (SF) short stories—with a focus on the elements that are specific to speculative fiction: setting and worldbuilding, suspension-of-disbelief, introducing readers to unfamiliar concepts, and the unique challenges of characterization in SF stories. The workshop will also include an overview of SF markets and offer tips on publishing sci-fi and fantasy stories.

About the instructor: Julian Mortimer Smith (julianmortimersmith.com) is a writer of speculative fiction. His short stories have appeared in many of the world’s top science fiction and fantasy publications, including Asimov’s, Lightspeed, Terraform, and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. His first book, The World of Dew and Other Stories, was published by Indiana University Press and won the 2020 Blue Light Books prize. He lives in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, May 4 + May 11 + May 18 + May 25, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

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