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Saturday, October 17

11:00am EDT

Let's Play God, But In A Fun Way (Or Worldbuilding 101) with Martin Cahill

Worldbuilding can be intimidating for newer writers of science fiction fantasy; there can feel like there's so much to work out in any given story, that the actual story can take a backseat to the mechanics of government, magic, history, currency, more! This hour workshop will be dedicated to breaking down the myths of successful worldbuilding, learning how to refocus your creative energy, so that the world the story can share the spotlight equally. We're playing god, will learn how to think of worldbuilding as a tool for good storytelling in short fiction novels, not a separate aspect to worry about.

Separate paid registration may be required.

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Martin Cahill

Marketing and Publicity Manager, Erewhon Books
Martin Cahill is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Astoria, Queens, and works as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Erewhon Books. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014 and a member of the NYC-based writing group, Altered Fluid.You can find... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
  Workshop, Craft

2:00pm EDT

Start at the Start: The Best Words Get You Read with Arley Sorg

Story openings - first words, first lines, first paragraphs, first pages - can make the difference between a story sale a form rejection. Most stories sent to pro venues will be rejected on the basis of the first page or two. A solid opening can buy you a few more pages of read, maybe even land a personal rejection, if you don't make the sale. Come share your short story openings get personal feedback on the first page or two: find out where I'd stop reading why, or if I'd keep going to the end!

Separate paid registration may be required.

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Arley Sorg

co-Editor-in-Chief, Fantasy Magazine
Arley Sorg is co-Editor-in-Chief at Fantasy Magazine. He's also an associate editor at Locus Magazine, where he’s been on staff since 2014. He joined the Lightspeed family in 2014 to work on the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, starting as a slush reader. He eventually... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
  Workshop, Craft
Sunday, October 18

1:00pm EDT

How to be Edited with Mark Oshiro

The editorial process for short stories, novellas, novels is often (weirdly) shrouded in secrecy. What does it mean to get an edit letter? What are developmental edits? What happens when you get an edit you completely disagree with? Young adult middle grade author Mark Oshiro will run participants through the traditional editorial process with specific examples culled from their own work to help prepare prospective authors for what editing might look like, as well as provide a roadmap to organizing edits upon receiving them.

Separate paid registration may be required.

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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen. Their middle grade debut, THE INSIDERS, is out in 2021. When not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
  Workshop, Craft

5:00pm EDT

Comics Writing 101 with Suzanne Walker

Everything you wanted to know about writing comics but were afraid to ask! We will cover good script practices, including setting, pacing, dialogue; how to work collaborate with artists; the editorial process.

Separate paid registration is required. Space is limited.

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Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
  Workshop, Craft
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