Friday, March 20, 2015


Join Us April 11th &12th, 2015
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Writer's Digest University is pleased to present a one-of-a-kind online event for science fiction and fantasy writers! On April 11 th and 12th, our first ever Science Fiction & Fantasy Online Writing Conference will provide expert insights from five award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Spend the weekend learning techniques for honing your craft from five different published authors*, then pitch your novel via query letter to a literary agent specifically looking for material in these genres. The agent will provide you with a personalized critique of your query - and maybe ask to see more.

Experience the education, camaraderie, and opportunities provided by a live writing conference without ever having to leave your home! Join us for the live event and have a chance to get written feedback on your query letter from a literary agent who works with science fiction and fantasy authors. Click here to learn more!
  • At least five all-new, one-hour webinar presentations provided by award-winning and bestselling science fiction and fantasy authors*, all examining different aspects of writing novels in these genres. Each session will include an opportunity for live Q&A with the authors!
  • A critique (with written feedback) of your query letter from an agent with experience in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
  • bonus 90-minute On Demand webinar covering how to write a query letter so you're prepared when pitching your novel to agents. (A $79.99 value!)
  • The ability to network with fellow science fiction and fantasy writers via discussion boards that will be open throughout the weekend. Share ideas, and even your work if you choose.
  • Unlimited OnDemand viewing! All conference sessions will be made available for download in the week following the live presentations. Even if you can't attend every session live, you will be able to view each lecture on your own whenever you choose.
  • And more!

*Our craft-focused conference schedule is designed to provide the kind of education that all science fiction and fantasy writers can use to take their work to the next level. The following sessions are confirmed for the event, but there may be additions announced soon.

The Theme's the ThingPresenter: Steven Harper PiziksThis workshop covers the importance of theme in commercial science fiction and fantasy literature. We'll discuss different types of themes, how to find or create them in your own work, and use some writing exercises to uncover hidden themes.
You've Never Been Here Before: Effectively Drawing Readers into Your Story World Presenter: Jeff GerkeThe task of a novel's opening pages is to grab the reader's attention and not let go. But when you're writing science fiction and fantasy, sometimes the world you're presenting is so strange as to almost make the reader step back in confusion. Come learn how.
Not Your Grandmother's Speculative Fiction: Writing Convincing Societal Change in Science Fiction and FantasyPresenter: Elizabeth BearCome join Hugo Award winning writer Elizabeth Bear for a one-hour web seminar that will give you some basic techniques for recognizing your own cultural assumptions and defaults, and creating worlds and societies that do not merely replicate them.
Writing Monsters: How to Make Your Imaginary Creatures Extraordinarily RealPresenter: Philip AthansIn this 60-minute workshop, Athans will cover where monstrous creatures come from and why readers love them, how to stage the "reveal," i.e. what to show when, how to craft a creature that appeals to the five senses, and much more. He'll provide examples from classic and contemporary fiction to illustrate each principle.
Writing a Series: Challenges and OpportunitiesPresenter: Michael J. SullivanSeries are ubiquitous in science fiction and fantasy, offering both challenges and opportunities. In this session, we'll discuss both the craft and the business aspects of series writing. With regards to craft, we'll discuss how to give each work its own conflict and resolution, and yet still have sub-plots that span multiple volumes. When it comes to the business side, we'll discuss how best to pitch a series and what to expect if you sign on the dotted line. Of course, there will be a lot of tips for avoiding pitfalls and plenty of time for Q&A.

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