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Plot and the Role of the Fantastic

This workshop will focus on generating ideas that might turn into plots and examining the different ways that fantastic elements can be used in fiction. The goal is to help you think more about what draws you to the fantastic and what speculative fiction can do that conventional realistic fiction can’t. Nothing required in advance, but bring a pen and paper. This class has a lunch break.

Instructor: Ted Chiang and Karen Joy Fowler

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: 10/17/2018

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Ted Chiang and Karen Joy Fowler

Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and holds a degree in computer science. In 1989 he attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop. His fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus awards, and he is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Stories of Your Life and Others has been translated into ten languages. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Her most recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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