Workshop Proposal: WORLD BUILDING FOR WRITERS, OR WHY EVERYONE IN THE GALAXY SHOULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH
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WORLD BUILDING FOR WRITERS, OR WHY EVERYONE IN THE GALAXY SHOULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH
Commercial fiction today has become more texturally-rich with the melding and combing of genres, from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to science fiction romance… and beyond. Yet too often, writers ignore the depths available and present the reader only with shades of well-known, present day locales with a magician, vampire or rocket ship added. Or else writers go to such depths that the novel ceases to be enjoyable fiction and instead becomes a dry, intergalactic travelogue or magical species encyclopedic entry. Multi-award-winning science fiction and fantasy romance author Linnea Sinclair’s workshop will teach you how to get the most out of your multi-genre novel and explore the importance of world building. You’ll learn how to use your ‘strangeness budget’; how to create customs, religions, histories, politics and languages; how to maintain reader interest in things known and unknown and have fun at the same time.
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”Her previous careers include news reporting and private investigation. Since 2000, she’s taught seminars in the craft of writing for all levels of writers via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.
Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com .