What if dragons lived among us? What if we could live on other planets? Asking these questions is a human need, and the basis for Speculative Fiction, the umbrella term which covers both Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as Urban Fantasy, Slipstream, and genres you may not have heard of!
How do you channel your quest for speculation into a story others will want to read and share? What makes a good speculative story? What makes a bad one? What do you need to know about the rules and conventions of genre when you set out to write or sell fiction?
This workshop will start with an overview of current standards and conventions in science fiction, move into exercises to start your own speculative story, and end with group workshop and feedback on your writing.
Marie Vibberthas published numerous science fiction stories in top publication. The Oxford Culture Review called her work "All that science fiction should be." She has played women's professional football, ridden 18% of the roller coasters in North America, and when she's not all tired out she is a web developer at Case Western Reserve University.
Michael Substelny is a tenured professor in the fields of computer game development and Quality Engineering. He also writes in a variety of science fiction sub-genres. He serves as the official canon developer for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator universe. He has conducted workshops on interactive fiction writing and served as a panelist at several World Science Fiction Conventions and North American Science Fiction Conventions.