Monday, March 11, 2013

DFW Writers' Conference

If you are the Dallas-Fort Worth area May 4-5, you might consider attending the annual DFW Writers' Conference. I will be teaching two classes:


The Future As We Know It:
It’s called Science Fiction in English-speaking nations. The Italians call it Science Fantasy. The German term translates as Future Fiction. What is Science Fiction, and why is it an important branch of literature? What does speculative fiction mean? What does Cyberpunk, Space Opera and Hard Science Fiction mean? What is the difference between Steampunk, Alternate History and Secret History? From the visions of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to the images of Rod Serling and George Lucas, you’ll learn about the various facets of these related sub-genres, and what it takes to write in them.

The Short and the Short of It:
Why have short stories always been so popular as literature? What does it take to write a tight, memorable short story? How do you write a story to hook an editor as well as the reader? From Aesop’s fables to the modern fables of O. Henry, as well as modern masters of the literary form such as Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and Joyce Carol Oates, you’ll learn that short does not equal simple or forgettable.

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