Figuring Out the Workshop

Collage ImageIn May, I’ll be doing a one day workshop for Clarion West. Here’s my tentative description:

Where The Sea Meets the Shore

Genre and literary fiction often seem to be colliding with, sometimes deriding, each other. But truth be told, the distinction between them is a lot blurrier than either side would admit.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Look at literary techniques and how they can be applied in speculative fiction
  • Talk about literary markets open to speculative fiction and speculative markets open to literary fiction
  • Discuss subgenres like slipstream, bizarro and magical realism
  • Analyze examples from the best writers in the field and use them as the basis of writing exercises

So here’s my question – if you were going to a workshop about using lit fiction techniques in spec fiction, what would you want to find out or do?

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Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 100+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com. Her short story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012.
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