Fancy spending 5 (or possibly even 10 weeks) learning to write speculative fiction with me as a tutor? If you have survived the terror of that prospect or even think it might have some merit and are within shouting distance of Leicester, then the course advertised below may be for you.
Writer Damien G. Walter leads two linked courses exploring the the weird world of speculative fiction. An introduction for fans of the genre and a first step to breaking into the industry for advanced students.
Writing Speculative Fiction (1)
(fantasy, science fiction and horror)
Speculative fiction is one of the most popular genres in commercial publishing, with millions of readers worldwide and a massive influence over films, television and video games. This course will introduce the history and development of the genre from its early days in pulp magazines to its future on the internet. Teaching and exercises will introduce key elements of speculative fiction writing including the skills of originating ideas and world-building. Students will be introduced to workshopping and given constructive feedback on their own writing.
5 sessions from 22nd April – £50
Writing Speculative Fiction (2)
(breaking into the industry)
This course will give more advanced students the skills and knowledge they need to break into the speculative fiction industry. Teaching and workshop sessions will guide students through the process of completing a finished short story or novel proposal and submitting it to agents and publishers. The course will cover advanced ideas in speculative fiction, and give students a knowledge of the industry including details on leading editors and strategies for developing a reputation in the field.
5 sessions from 3rd June – £50
For full details see the Writing School Leicester website.