by David Alexander Smith Critiquing in a workshop context is a skill worth learning. Some tips for the novice: Before you begin. Familiarize yourself with workshop procedures and etiquette. Take some time with the Glossary of critiquing terms and become familiar with the jargon; we use it frequently, especially in the verbal critique, and it […]
So you’ve been published but no one wants your book because of previous bad sales? Melisa Michaels offers some sage advice on how to get back into the bookstores.
A tongue-in-cheek commentary on assumptions writers should avoid.
SFWA member Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward has been picked up by ABC as a new series. Pretty exciting for SF fans and WIRED news got to see the first episode.
This report from Gear Diary paints a unpleasant picture for Amazon’s download policy for Kindle. It seems that there’s a limit to how many times you can download a book, but that limit isn’t posted anywhere. Here’s an excerpt of the article, but it’s worth reading the whole thing. The customer rep asked me to […]
Online Workshops Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for writers of all genres. It has both free and paid memberships and is populated by aspiring writers. (Note: SFWA does not endorse paid writer services.) Critters Workshop is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers. Several thousand members, from aspiring to award-winning pro, with a friendly atmosphere […]
by James Patrick Kelly © 1988 by James Patrick Kelly, First published in The Bulletin of The Science Fiction Writers of America You don’t believe in writers’ workshops — never have. Maybe you had a bad experience in college. Some reedy creative writing type sneered at sci-fi and said you probably ought to think about […]
Edited by Lewis Shiner Second Edition by Bruce Sterling NOT COPYRIGHTED Introduction by Lewis Shiner This manual is intended to focus on the special needs of the science fiction workshop. Having an accurate and descriptive critical term for a common SF problem makes it easier to recognize and discuss. This guide is intended to save […]
by David Alexander Smith Theme and meaning. Does the story move us? So we emerge from our fictional journey emotionally engaged, or wiser than we went in? Do we remember the story after we’re done? Along the way, does the story force us to think? Do we re-examine, or see afresh, things we take for […]