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Calling all hoopy froods! The Vogons wrote the third worst poetry in the galaxy, and used it as a torture technique. Here, the editor of the Whippersnapper Press will be running the UK's fourth ever Vogon Poetry Slam (the past 3 have been for Towel Day).
How important is science in science fiction? Does it matter if you get it right? And if you don't have a PhD in some obscure branch of quantum cryptography or reproductive biology, how can you go about getting it right?
Bring any writing you've been working on along for some informal feedback, bring freshly-hatched ideas for some ideas-bouncing, bring your best expertise, tips, and constructive criticism to help others.
Ever thought Victor Frankenstein had THE BEST JOB EVER? Ever thought Vampires, and werewolves are all very well, but the world of monsters needs new blood?
An anti-workshop. These days Slam Poet Hannah Eiseman-Renyard is a pretty good poet – with feature slots and festival bookings to prove it. But one of the ways she got good was by getting all the terrible stuff out of her system for many, many years.
Are you a writer needing some inspiration? Or are you an ideas person who just can't quite get your ideas down on paper. Come along and get paired-up: writers and ideas people (and people who are somewhere in-between).
Members of London's specialist SF/F/H writing group The T-Party will critique pre-submitted manuscripts with a focus on what is needed to achieve professional publication. T-Party is a London-based writing group specialising in SF/F/H.
Have you ever wanted to write but not been sure where to start? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned writer looking for a way around the writer’s block? This workshop is a mixture of exercises to get your creative juices flowing, methods on growing fully-formed characters, and tips on editing.
Are you struggling to write the first draft of your novel? Are you researching endlessly but not actually writing the book? Have you had a book in your head for years but been unable to start it? Do you have a drawer full of unfinished stories and manuscripts?
From Gothic novels of the nineteenth century onwards, literature of the fantastic has engaged with the city of London, from supernatural horror to science fiction to fantasy.
Creating a truly alien culture is perhaps the biggest challenge a sci-fi writer faces. There’s no end of ways to do it wrong, from “proud warrior races” to the planet of scantily-clad women who just want to understand this human concept called “love”.
Author, creative writing teacher and psychotherapist Anne Gay teaches you some nuts and bolts of the process from a good idea to a strong plot with complex and believable character.
From Back to the Future and Looper to The Time Traveller’s Wife, this talk looks at the problems and opportunities faced when writing time travel. Ignoring any pretence of "realism", we focus on creating internally consistent time travel logic.