Friday, June 7, 2013

Carmen Maria Machado leads Speculative Fiction Workshop at Conference

Multi-published author Carmen Maria Machado will be leading a Speculative Fiction workshop at this year's David R. Collins Writers' Conference.

The workshop entitled "Here Lies Magic: The Art of Writing Speculative Fiction" will discuss the ins and outs of this growing contemporary fiction genre with sub-genres that include horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Writing good speculative fiction is more than creating a world or premise, it also must involve new characters, break new ground, and have compelling plots. Attendees will read a range of smart, contemporary, speculative stories as well as learn about the different sub genres of speculative fiction, how to set a cast of characters loose in a self-built world, and how to use fantasy/science fiction as a metaphor. The submission process to speculative fiction markets will also be explored.

Carmen is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. She is a fiction writer and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Unstuck, Indiana Review, Five Chapters, Opium Magazine, Best Women's Erotica 2012, The Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

The 2013 David R. Collins Writer's Conference will be held June 27th through 29th at New Hall at St. Ambrose University located at 518 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. The conference also features three day writing workshops on a variety of topics including novels, creative non-fiction, reading as writers, speculative fiction, freelancing, poetry, and literary collage; critique sessions; luncheons; and free events. Discounts are offered for MWC member and early bird (before June 15th) registrants. Click here for more details. The conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: Modern Woodman of America, St. Ambrose University English Department, Illinois Arts Council, and Genesis Health Systems.

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