Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2015
10am – 5pm
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This workshop will be held in English. BYOL (Bring your own laptop).
Science fiction is one of the most exciting and mind-expanding fields of writing. At its best, science fiction takes the reader to places no human eyes have yet seen — but someday we will reach those alien scenes and meet the strange and wonderful creatures who dwell there. Good fiction tests the human heart in a steaming crucible. Science fiction allows writers to make the crucible hotter, and test the human heart in new and fascinating ways. From the far future to the distant past, from here on Earth to the farthest galaxy, science fiction shows the Universe and the humans who inhabit it as they are, and as they will be.
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of science fiction writing including how to set up a story, develop the characters, plan the plot, write the first draft and edit their work. Following the formal instruction, participants will write their own science fiction short story. The first draft of these stories will be read by their authors and discussed by the group. Finally, the workshop will conclude with tips on how to get published.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will learn effective writing and editing skills that will not only inspire their personal creative literary endeavours but will also serve them practically at home or in the work place.
Visual Voice Lab is creating an eBook featuring artworks and texts created during the Visual Voice Summer Workshop Series. Participants of the Science Fiction Writing workshop are invited to submit the texts they created during this workshop for inclusion in the eBook.
Science Fiction Background Lecture
Setting Up the Story
Developing the Characters
Planning the Plot
Writing the First Draft
Group Reading of Stories
Eric Choi is a Toronto-based author and editor. He co-edited with Derwin Mak the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW), the first collection of speculative fiction written by authors of the Chinese diaspora. With Ben Bova, he co-edited the new science fiction anthology Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor/Macmillan). His short stories have been published in Analog, Ricepaper, Far Orbit, The Astronaut from Wyoming and Other Stories, Footprints, Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6, Arrowdreams, Science Fiction Age and Asimov’s.