Writing Without a Net Tightrope Workshop 4
Genre Writing with Sandra Kasturi
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Refreshments will be served.
Faintly ashamed of loving science fiction, fantasy, and horror? Slightly embarrassed for wanting to write the stuff? Raise your head and be proud! These contemporary genres stem from noble literary traditions and include the works of such masters as Homer, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Shakespeare, Yeats, and Spenser. Surprised? Well, what is The Odyssey if not a work about magic, gods, and monsters? What is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, if not a story about fairies and spells? “Speculative fiction” is one of the bestselling genres in literature, film, and other media. Ninety percent of the top-grossing movies of all time were science fiction. And of course . . . someone has to write the stuff. Could it be you?
This is a workshop for writers at any level, who wish to start writing genre fiction, have already been writing it for years and want to hone their skills, or even published writers who want to re-energize their thought processes. (Participants do not have to bring a manuscript with them as we will be working on writing exercises, but they can if they wish to have some feedback on a piece they are currently writing.) We will also spend time on the practical aspects of the writerly life: finding a publisher/agent, joining a writing group, marketing/promoting one’s work, as well as the challenges/benefits of writing in the spec fic genres. Participants should be comfortable sharing their work and reading it aloud.
Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, editor, and publisher. In 2005 she won ARC magazine’s annual Poem of the Year award for “Old Men, Smoking.” She is the poetry editor of ChiZine and Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, TransVersions, On Spec, several of the Tesseracts series, 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, and Northern Frights 4. Her cultural essay, “Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood” appeared in the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Slayers, Mutants and Freaks. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and also runs her own imprint, Kelp Queen Press. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books). She is currently working on two novels: a mythological noir and a steampunk epic involving the British East India Company, the Pinkerton Agency, Harry Houdini, and zombies. She is represented by the Anne McDermid Agency.