Creating Universes, Building Worlds

Conference Workshop

How do you introduce an alien environment, create an alternate timeline or magical realm, and then populate it with characters whose problems matter to readers? Aimed at writers whose focus is on speculative fiction, this workshop helps participants establish the operating rules for alternate histories, horror realms, sword and sorcery kingdoms, urban fantasies, hard science fiction societies. . . and even combinations that blend the fantastic genres. Using group exercises, discussion and peer feedback, participants learn how to transport readers into vividly imagined, often impossible--yet nevertheless convincing--worlds. Please bring samples of your work in progress.