A Lesson in Making Stuff Up

I’m taking part in a day of workshops for the Big Smoke Writing Factory, organized by Claire Hennessy. It’s entitled ‘Speculative Fiction Workshop: Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror’. It’ll take place in the Writing Factory’s regular venue at 7 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2. Here’s the info:
Speculative fiction, encompassing the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, among others, requires its writers to consider questions many writers never even think about. How do you create a realistic future or other world – and explain it to the reader without boring them with every minute detail? How do you portray characters in these worlds as authentically different and yet relatable? How do you create new versions of mythological creatures without straying too far from what makes these creatures so compelling? This one-day workshop will be presented by a panel of writers, editors and critics and be of interest to anyone who’s ever wanted to try writing speculative fiction, or those who are currently working on such projects. It will also include a session on publishing in this field.
Places are limited to maximise individual attention.
Coffee/tea/biscuits etc will be provided by Big Smoke during the day. There will also be a lunch break, where students can avail of one of the caf€s in the area.
Length: 1 full day
Fee: €95

Guest Teachers:
Writer Oisin McGann on Story and Fantasy
Writer A.J. Healy on World-Building
Writer Sarah Rees Brennan on Urban Fantasy
Critic Sorcha Ni Fhlainn on Horror and the Gothic
Writer and editor John Kenny on The Business of Getting Published
Spring 2011
Full day. 10am-6pm.
It should be a really interesting, stimulating day; hope some of you can make it.