ONLINE From Rockets to Runes: Speculative Fiction
Speculative fiction includes any element not currently part of our real world, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and their subgenres. All are growing in importance and popularity. This course will examine elements that define these genres, conventions expected by readers, and clichés to avoid. We will also examine writing techniques that underpin successful commercial fiction, what editors are looking for in writing quality and professionalism, and what steps to take when approaching a publisher. Come to this course prepared to workshop your own short stories or novel openings, to improve your craft with the goal of publication.
This is an interactive online course using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Susan Forest writes science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds (2020). She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at many international writing conferences. speculative-fiction.ca.