With thanks to Stephen Jones for passing the info along!
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITING: A COURSE FOR WRITERS
Kingston University London, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
18th-21st May 2009, 6:00-9:00pm
"Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing" is designed to help you improve your creative writing techniques. This four-night crash course in what science fiction is -- and does -- is taught by one of Britain's most accomplished science fiction novelists, PAUL McAULEY -- author of 17 novels and over 70 short stories, and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, John W. Campbell Award and Philip K. Dick Award.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The course is designed for everybody -- from beginners to long-time devotees of the genre -- and McAuley will provide workshop-style discussions of student work, overviews of the history of the genre, the current state of play, and the best ways of breaking into the market.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
There will also be class exercises in brainstorming story ideas and narrative development, and class discussions of topics including good work habits, getting from idea to story, research and plausibility, world-building, interaction between character and narrative, and revision and preparation for publication.
HOW WILL IT HELP ME?
Before the course begins, you are invited to submit 1,000 - 2,000 words of a work in progress. You can expect personal feedback -- by the instructor and the class as a whole -- of your work, and you will learn how to closely read and contructively critique others' stories, as well as how to revise and improve your own work.
At least one guest speaker will be featured.
FEE: £180 (£120 students -- student ID number required)
BOOK ONLINE at: www.fass.kingston.ac.uk/courses/short-courses/
For more information contact the Short Course Administrator:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790