Session 1: Speculating Wildly - Getting Started with Spec Fic
Mar.
15
9:00 am09:00

Session 1: Speculating Wildly - Getting Started with Spec Fic

Speculative fiction is the best, because you can write about almost anything! But speculative fiction is also the worst, because you can write about almost anything! How do you figure out what is and isn't spec fic? How do you get started? Writers Andrew McDonald (Son of DeathReal Pigeons) and Ben McKenzie (Night Terrace, Amateur Hour Apocalypse) kick off the day with an intro to speculative fiction and a bunch of starter ideas - including how they created some of their favourite stories! (Seats Available: 30)

Presenters:

Andrew McDonald and Ben McKenzie

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Session 2: Let's Escape... Backwards
Mar.
15
10:00 am10:00

Session 2: Let's Escape... Backwards

It matters not how many times physicists tell us that travelling back in time is impossible, speculative writers will continue to use it as a central theme. Why do time-slip stories fascinate us so much, and how is this device best used in fiction? Lifelong time-slip fanatic Emily Gale will use a variety of well-known children’s books, YA and adult fiction to examine the hows and whys of time travel, taking a close look at the methods employed to make readers suspend their disbelief, and the profound themes explored by this ‘impossible’ concept. (Seats Available: 30) 

Presenter:

Emily Gale

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Session 4: Stretching Truths and Spinning Tales: Writing Speculative History
Mar.
15
12:30 pm12:30

Session 4: Stretching Truths and Spinning Tales: Writing Speculative History

You stumble across a juicy scrap of history. You do your research, but there are still gaps and silences in the historical record. 

So you use your imagination…but how far are you allowed to go?

Author, teacher and podcaster, Kate Mildenhall, tells the story of how she wrote her debut novel, SKYLARKING, and explores the challenges, ethics and magic of writing fiction based on true stories and people. During this session, Kate will also discuss tips and resources for research along with pathways to publication for young writers. (Seats Available: 180)

Presenter:

Kate Mildenhall

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Session 5: Time Travel: Fact, Fiction, & Fun
Mar.
15
1:30 pm13:30

Session 5: Time Travel: Fact, Fiction, & Fun

Dive into the mind-bending fun of time travel as Thalia talks about the inspiration behind her Lifespan of Starlight trilogy. Find out why we all live a split second in the past and why looking up at the stars means you’re looking backwards in time. We’ll look at the science behind real-life time travel, and make sense of common paradoxes in time travel stories. Threaded throughout the discussion will be writing tips and techniques that can make the 'unbelievable' feel authentic. Be prepared: this session is guaranteed to blow your mind. (Seats Available: 180)

Presenter:

Thalia Kalkipsakis

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