The art of speculative fiction writing
- Do you like fantasy, science fiction, horror and everything in between?
- Love Game of Thrones?
- Can’t get enough of True Blood?
- Yearn to create the sense of wonder you had when you first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
- Or maybe you prefer to soar through the stars or explore the future of the human race?
Then you’ll love this course.
Speculative fiction is the genre which contains all these genres, and some others you haven’t even heard of. Fantasy, Science Fiction and More will inform, encourage and inspire you to create your own wondrous, scary, exciting and enjoyable world.
This course is taught by Pamela Freeman, an award-winning writer for both children and adults of epic fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction (not to mention a few ghost stories here and there). This course will bring you up to date with what’s happening in publishing “spec fic”, as well as guide you through the process of creating your own alternate reality that will enthral and entertain your readers – including those all-important agents and editors!
What will you learn?
Writing speculative fiction needs all the skills that any writer brings to their story – plus more. How do you:
- structure a story over more than one book?
- create a world which is original and believable?
- manage the relationships between human and non-human characters?
- make sure your system of magic or technology is workable?
- work if your book is YA or adult, and how to tell the difference?
Fantasy, Science Fiction and More will cover all this, and also offer you the opportunity to workshop some of your story with a group of like-minded writers and to get feedback from one of the most respected “spec fic” writers in the country. (After all, Pamela’s last adult novel, Ember and Ash, won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel).
A whole new world
You’ll discover more about your story (whether you’ve written it yet or not!). The course will help you to refine your story and set your next goals. You’ll also learn more about the world of speculative fiction publishing: what’s being published, by whom, and how your book fits into the genres/sub-genres/sub-sub-genres of the “spec fic” world.
It will help you design and/or refine the world of your imagination – whether that is a completely imagined world, or a modern city with a few extra elements (vampires, magic, cyborgs, ghosts, demons, angels, intelligent computers).
If you are serious about advancing your craft, Australian Writers' Centre courses are an excellent investment. The course content is always good, but the instructors add value that you'll never find in a 'writing how-to' book or You-tube clip. - Andrew Smerdon
If you are serious about advancing your craft, Australian Writers' Centre courses are an excellent investment. The course content is always good, but the instructors add value that you'll never find in a 'writing how-to' book or You-tube clip.
- Andrew Smerdon
Understand the unique rules of your story
You will work through how your system of magic or technology affects the social, political and psychological environment your characters live in: how your world shapes your characters’ experiences.
You’ll learn how to explain the role of non-human characters in speculative fiction, and help you understand what function your non-human characters (if any) are playing in your story; how do you write a truly non-human entity?
The course will reveal the different kinds of structures that have been used in “spec fic”: trilogies, quartets, ongoing series, parallel story series, single book structure including multi-book arcs, and more. And you’ll get advice on your next steps, which might range from simply, “Go home and write it!” to which agent or publisher might be the most appropriate to submit to (including international publishers and agents).
Pamela says: “I love teaching this course, because speculative fiction is the most exciting area of publishing today, and there is so much that the beginner writer in speculative fiction needs to know before they submit their work to a publisher.
"As well, students will meet other people who care passionately about the same kind of books that they do, and that’s always fantastic. I expect a lot of friendships and workshopping buddies to come out of this course.”
The AWC methodology
We truly believe that every person needs to tap into their own creative intuition. It’s YOUR ideas and imagination that will make your stories unique – and find your voice in your writing. However, we also know there are clear frameworks and techniques that will make you a better writer. AWC’s methodology will equip you with the right tools and skills you need, but also show you how to harness the creative process and tap into your own innate talents.
The Australian Writers' Centre is the perfect place to go if you ever have a dream or desire to become a writer but not quiet sure where to begin. - Adam Campbell
The Australian Writers' Centre is the perfect place to go if you ever have a dream or desire to become a writer but not quiet sure where to begin.
- Adam Campbell
Enjoy exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club
Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free! Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue? So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!