Introduction to Speculative Fiction

Conference Workshop

Dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, and slipstream. No longer do we think solely in terms of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror when it comes to speculative fiction. As readers and writers become more sophisticated, genres are being bent, blended, and blurred. In this workshop, Danika leads the participants on a journey through the contemporary world of speculative fiction, examining the various sub-genres with explanations and examples of each. Then she introduces two writing exercises. The first plays with the possibilities of creating new subgenres. The second exercise combines elements of speculative fiction to create story ideas participants can develop later on. Students leave with access to resources to further expand their knowledge of these genres.