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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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and 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. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Hearts of Tabat, the sequel to her first novel, Beasts of Tabat. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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