From starships to superheroes, witches to Wookies, works of science fiction and fantasy are all around us. I’ve been a fan—chances are, you’ve been a fan, too. Whether you’ve never written science fiction or fantasy—or if SF/F is all that you write—let’s chat SFF, the existing market, and ways you can master this genre, even if that galaxy has always been far, far away.
Tickets $60-$75 | Tickets Here
Minding the Unwritten Rules of Science Fiction.
> How hard is your science?
- (astro)Physical and (astro)Life Sciences.
- Social Sciences work, too. (Psychohistory.)
> How important are your characters?
> Scope and scale—neighborhood, interplanetary, intergalactic? Light years or a lot further?
> Strange new world or thinly disguised wish-fulfillment? (Welcome to Gor!)
Minding the Unwritten Rules of Fantasy
- Asian or European dragon?
- Elves, dwarves and class warfare.
- Language and Magic
- Eras and Ages
- Maps and Geographies
Reading the Room—Open chat about projects and ideas.
One Step Beyond: Suggested reading list and writing exercises to try!
*One scholarship will be awarded to a QTPOC/BIPOC L.A.-residing individual who would like to join but does not have the means to do so. Please email us if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Zoom link will be provided to all registered participants 24 hours before and on the day of the workshop.
About the facilitator:
Ryka Aoki’s first novel, He Mele a Hilo, was published by Topside Press in 2014. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for her collections Seasonal Velocities, and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Ryka has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and is currently a professor of English at Santa Monica College.