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 […]
by David Alexander Smith Those of us who’ve been in the Cambridge SF Workshop for some time have developed an approach to critiquing that we find serves us well. These principles — our Critiquing Manifesto — help us work together to create the best fiction we can. 1. Why Are We Here? Often workshops founder […]
by David Smith This is only a partial list of the terms we have found most useful in critiquing sf. The glossary is issued now and then … but it is a living document. Amendments are welcome. If you use additional terms, or have better examples than those listed here, please suggest them. Action outline […]
Joan Marie Verba has a physics degree, wrote novels Action Alert and Countdown to Action, nonfiction books Boldly Writing and Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets.
Eileen Gunn is a Nebula-award-winning writer and the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix website. She serves on the board of Clarion West.
Mike Allen edits the anthology series Clockwork Phoenix and the poetry journal Mythic Delirium. His story “The Button Bin” is a 2008 Nebula Award nominee.
Alma Alexander is a Pacific Northwest fantasy author who writes for both adult and YA audiences. Her work has appeared in 13 languages worldwide to date.