Workshop Proposal: WORLD BUILDING – SWEARING/SPEAKING IN ALIEN TONGUES (mini workshop) **
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WORLD BUILDING – SWEARING/SPEAKING IN ALIEN TONGUES (mini workshop) **
A unique and fun way to add realism to your SFF world building is to watch how your characters
insult each other…or other species. Whatever your alien culture values or disdains can be used to
create epithets and derogatory remarks—and be used to unobtrusively teach your reader about your
The same holds true with constructed languages. Look at how Klingon has become a reality in our
culture, complete with Klingon dictionaries and Shakespeare translations! A deft use of an invented
alien language can add depth and realism to your novel.
Bantam Spectra SF author Linnea Sinclair is known for novels that draw readers into her worlds. She
shares her tips and tricks and what not to do in this fun workshop.
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 .