Science Fiction Writers' Week Begins on August 29.

More information will be added shortly. In the meantime, browse our full schedule below.

Science Fiction Writers' Week Full Schedule

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Monday, August 29

Tuesday, August 30

Wednesday, August 31

Thursday, September 1

Friday, September 2

8:00AM EDT/ 1:00PM UK

World Building with World Anvil

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Presented by Dimitris Havlidis and Janet Forbes

What should you be focussing on in a science fiction world? How much detail should you build your planets or technologies in? And how can you come up with a setting that makes sense, even when aliens and space travel get involved?! Janet Forbes and Dimitris Chavlidis (https://www.worldanvil.com), published authors and worldbuilding experts, take you through the hows and wherefores of science fiction worldbuilding, helping you put together an original and exciting setting for whatever you're creating! 

10:00AM EDT/ 3:00PM UK

An Interview with Alastair Reynolds

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Alastair Reynolds is a space scientist turned science fiction author who began publishing short stories, and now writes novels, including five which take place in the Revelation Space Universe. His second novel Chasm City won the 2001 British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel, while several of his other works were nominated for awards.

 

 

This Q+A could lead to a discussion of how Alastair’s past career as a space scientist influences his work. It could also include a discussion of the role of world-building in science fiction, how the genre has changed over time, and the possibilities that come with creating a universe to house several science fiction stories.

12:00PM EDT/ 5:00PM UK

How to Get Out of Revision Hell

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Presented by Samantha Skal

Revision is both where the hard work and the magic happens in writing a novel, but sometimes, it can feel hellish, especially if you don't know what's wrong and/or you don't know where to start when tackling vague feedback like "pacing is off." Whether you're on draft two or draft fifteen, both the process of identifying potential issues and/or tackling those revisions in a 90K word manuscript can frequently feel overwhelming. Geared toward writers with full manuscripts seeking traditional publication, this session will cover a process that works to get from revision hell to revision bliss, as well as covering techniques for the following:- How to self-identify, pinpoint, and solve common feedback issues- How to avoid overwhelm with revision, including how to know what to tackle first when your revision to-do list is a mile long- How and when to use beta readers most effectively 
This class is for any fiction writer who has a full manuscript (or is close to having a full manuscript) and is actively revising, getting ready to revise, and/or is stuck in the revision process.

2:00PM EDT/ 7:00PM UK

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4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

Essentials of Writing Science Fiction

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Presented by Anne Hawley and Rachelle Ramirez of Pages & Platforms

In the essentials of writing science fiction we'll show writers how to evaluate and improve their stories with an understanding of Story Types versus marketing genres. We'll examine the essential elements every good story of any type needs, and take a high level look at some worldbuilding principles. Audiences can expect to learn how to build, evaluate, and improve their science fiction story using four tools: marketing categories, Story Types, essential story elements, and worldbuilding so that they can evoke empathy for their characters, create tension and excitement, provide emotional satisfaction for their reader, convey a thoughtful takeaway, and meet reader expectations.

6:00PM EDT/ 11:00PM UK

Creating Emotionally Impactful Science Fiction

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Presented by Dani Abernathy

This workshop will reveal the Three Keys to Emotionally Impactful Fiction. Writers will discover what they really want to say through t­­­heir story, find how their protagonist changes, and build a powerful outline that pairs plot with character arc. You’ll come away with greater clarity about their story, a deeper understanding of their main character, and useful tools for drafting and revision. If you want to write a novel that makes your readers feel seen and can change the world, one reader at a time, this workshop is for you.

8:00AM EDT/ 1:00PM UK

An Interview with Ian Douglas

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Ian Douglas is best known for the award-winning Zeke Hailey science fiction novels. He also writes short stories, and won the Gravity Award 2021. Other credits include a radio play, apps, reviews, and graphic fiction. Ian is a literacy ambassador and was guest of honour at the 2019 Malta Literary All Stars Festival.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion on the differing demands of children’s and adult fiction, and writing within different literary forms. It could also lead to a consideration of how to write a science fiction series, and how to tackle real world issues of family and coming of age in fantastical settings.

10:00AM EDT / 3:00PM UK

An Interview with Joss Lake

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Joss Lake is a novelist and educator. His first book, Future Feeling, was long-listed for the PEN/Hemingway award for debut novel. He was named one of the Strand’s “30 Writers to Watch.” He teaches at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and The School of the New York Times.

 

This Q+A could involve the challenges and rewards of using science fiction to explore complicated issues of gender, trans identity and alternative families. This could lead to a consideration of how future technology could aid community building, and the importance of more diverse voices in science fiction.

12:00PM / 5:00PM UK

An Interview with Andy Weir

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Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. This was adapted into an award winning film in 2015. His latest novel Project Hail Mary is a finalist for the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion on the lure of space, as well as the challenges of self-publishing, balancing technical detail with story-telling, and imaginings of the end of the world.

2:00PM EDT/ 7:00PM UK

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4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

An Interview with Nghi Vo

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Nghi Vo is the author of the novels Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion of the power of intertwining the real and the fantastical to address issues of gender, race and sexuality. It could also lead to a consideration of the simultaneous elusiveness and discrimination of Hollywood and the American dream.

6:00PM EDT/ 11:00PM UK

Narrative Lensing Workshop

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Presented by David Shultz

The Narrative LensWriters don’t simply describe—they render experiences by filtering details through a narrative lens. The narrative lens comprises all the structural considerations that can be brought to bear on word choice when writing a scene. We will look at how the narrative lens is used in prose fiction, with special attention to its application in science fiction.

8:00AM EDT/ 1:00PM UK

An Interview with Rachelle Atalla

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Rachelle Atalla is a Scottish-Egyptian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter, who previously worked as a community pharmacist for a decade. Her short stories have been published widely in literary anthologies; she is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and co-edits New Writing Scotland.

This Q+A could involve a discussion of the shifts in the genre of dystopian fiction, and its increasing importance as a reflection of modern society. This could lead to a conversation about the danger of surveillance and abuse of power.

10:00 AM EDT/ 3:00PM UK

World Anvil Software Demo

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Presented by Dimitris Havlidis and Janet Forbes

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If you've ever tried to build a science fiction world, you know how much there is to keep track of: from technologies, to planets and astral phenomena, to aliens and more! In this software walkthrough, professional worldbuilders and published authors Janet Forbes and Dimitris Chavlidis take you through World Anvil, an award winning worldbuilding software that will help you build a science fiction world of your electric-sheep dreams, and then write novels and run games among the stars! 

12:00PM EDT/ 5:00PM UK

An Interview with Samit Basu

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Samit Basu is the author of several novels, most recently of The City Inside. He’s been publishing fantasy and science fiction novels in India since 2003. Samit has also co-written/directed a film for Netflix, written comics, children’s books and short stories in various genres, and non-fiction as a journalist and columnist.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion of using science fiction and imagined futures to process history and the present. It could also address the influence of cyberpunk, writing from life and the challenges of representing the complications of Indian history.

2:00PM EDT/ 7:00PM UK

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4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

Save the Cat Writes Science Fiction

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Presented by Jessica Brody

Science fiction workshop presented by Jessica Brody

6:00PM EDT/ 11PM UK

How to Craft the Perfect Dynamic Between Your Protagonist and Antagonist

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Presented by Savannah Gilbo

Want to learn how to craft the perfect dynamic between your protagonist and antagonist? Join Savannah for an in-depth discussion about how to create three-dimensional compelling characters for your story.

8:00AM EDT/ 1:00PM UK

An Interview with T.R. Napper

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T. R. Napper is a multi-award-winning science fiction author. His short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous others, and been translated into Hebrew, German, French, and Vietnamese. He received a creative writing doctorate for his thesis: Noir, Cyberpunk, and Asian Modernity.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion on the influence of cyber punk on Napper’s writing, as well as the use of science fiction to explore identity, history and technology in new ways. It could also consider the influence of urban settings and outsider figures in Napper’s work.

10:00 AM EDT/ 3:00 PM UK

An Interview with Emmi Itäranta

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Emmi Itäranta is a Finnish author who writes in Finnish and English. Her award-winning debut novel  Memory of Water has been translated into more than 20 languages and a film adaptation, The Guardian of Water, is in production.

 

This Q+A could lead to a discussion of the influence of climate change on Emmi's writing, as well as the numerous genres her work could be categorised under, including eco-fiction, science fiction, mystery and romance. It could also address the use of epistolary form, and how writing in both English and Finnish affects her work.

12:00PM EDT/ 5:00PM UK

An Interview with Bethany Clift

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Bethany Clift is the Director of her own production company, Saber Productions. Her debut novel, Last One at the Party, was published in 2021 and the television rights have been optioned by Scott Free Films. Bethany’s second novel, Love and Other Human Errors, will be published in August, and she is currently working on her third novel as well as two television series.

 

This Q+A could involve a discussion of the differing demands of film and books, the growing urgency of dystopian novels, and the use of humour to explore what it means to be human.

2:00PM EDT/ 7:00PM UK

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4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

How to Tell a Clear Science Fiction Story

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Presented by Hayley Milliman

How to tell a clear science fiction story presented by Hayley Milliman from ProWritingAid.

6:00PM EDT/ 11:00PM UK

Marketing your Science Fiction Book

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Presented by Sue Campbell

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One of the toughest, but most necessary, parts of being an author is tackling your own marketing. Too often, writers rely on tactics without having an underlying strategy and flail around like they've just landed in another realm.

You'll learn why marketing your book using a slapdash playbook of tactics from the internet is likely to fail, your number one book marketing goal, and the foundational 4-part book marketing strategy that will actually grow your audience of science fiction readers.

8:00AM EDT/ 1:00PM UK

Tips for Revising Your Novel from a Developmental Editor

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Presented by Kahina Necaise

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No one knows more about revision than developmental editors, who spend their days whipping early drafts into publication-ready shape. This session will take you through the top self-editing tips - covering all aspects from plot to character to worldbuilding - from a developmental editor and blogger specialising in fantasy and science fiction. It will also look at pointers on whether working with a professional developmental editor is for you, how to find the right editor, and ways to get the most out of an editor's suggestions.

12:00PM EDT/ 5:00PM UK

An Interview with Gareth Powell

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Gareth Powell has won and been shortlisted for several major awards for his science fiction including the BSFA, Locus, British Fantasy, and Seiun. His Embers of War novels are currently being adapted for TV.

 

This Q+A could lead to a discussion of the use of science fiction to explore what it means to be human, as well as the challenges of writing epic space operas, while developing unique characters and relationships.

4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

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