Science Fiction, Fantastical, Supernatural: A KYD Writers Workshop (Melbourne)

Multi-Purpose Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre, Carlton

Join acclaimed author and publisher Angela Meyer in this unique writing course all about long-form speculative fiction.

All fiction ‘speculates’, but the genres explored in this course – the science fictional, the fantastical and the supernatural – go beyond current or concrete reality. From Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale through to recent Australian novels such as Terra Nullius, speculative fiction can be a powerful genre for examining big ideas.

This course encourages students to figure out what they would like to speculate on, and suggests avenues and techniques for exploring these ideas. We study world-building, creating genuine characters, layering in themes, and generating compelling plots free of holes. We examine speculative novels in a range of forms and literary styles so students may find their own voice, their own approach. Beyond the course, students will feel inspired, excited and confident to create their own speculative works.

Please bring your laptop or a writing pad, and – if you wish – your special work-in-progress. This will be a day of writing, reflection and discussion, led by an experienced writer and publisher.

About the Teacher:

Angela Meyer’s debut novel, A Superior Spectre, is set in both the near future and 19th century Scotland. It is published by Ventura in Australia and New Zealand and is due for release in the UK with Saraband in Autumn 2019. By day, Angela is a​ publisher for Echo Publishing.

This is a day-long workshop. Morning tea will be provided, and there is a 45-minute break for lunch. There is parking nearby, as well as cafes and restaurants. For further information, please email [email protected]


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