Monday, January 31, 2011

Science Fiction Writing workshop in March

Starship Sof, which has an excellent podcast, is offering an online workshop for science fiction writers and wannabes.
From the website:

What will be covered in this workshop
  • The Beginning - Gregory Frost
  • Plot Tricks from the Dark Side - James Patrick Kelly
  • How To Fix Your Story After It's Written and You Discover That It Doesn't Work - Michael Swanwick
  • Why Writing Groups - Mercurio D. Rivera
  • What An Editor Wants - Sheila Williams
  • Question And Answers - All

Via Boingboing

Updated later:
Also from Boingboing, a Science Fiction writing workshop for teens, although this one appears to be in physical space.
Learn about writing and publishing. Meet other teens who share your interest in writing speculative fiction. Talk about short stories, novels, and films. Have your submission story critiqued. Brainstorm new story ideas, write a first draft, receive feedback, and rewrite. Attend readings by the authors. Do a public reading. Learn about submitting for publication, and send off your story at our manuscript mailing party...

Monday, January 24, 2011

another link dump

I am traveling and want to keep these links until i return home to better review them:

Writing badly, well
Korea's own Gord Sellar has another story published.
presentation apps

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Wrinkle in Time in 90 seconds

I really enjoyed this family video showing Newbery Award Winning novel A wrinkle in Time, or at least the main plot, in 90 seconds.  A lot of fun.  I think other Newbery award winning novel treatments can be found at the link.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doctorow at Boingboing

I'm a fan of Boingboing and visit it daily.  I am also a fan of one of the founders, Cory Doctorow.  I recently found two articles that may of importance to creative people by Doctorow.  The first is how to avoid writer's block and the second discusses politics and the issues involved with net neutrality.

In the first, he offers advice from Roald Dahl via Lifehacker on how to keep momentum while writing and avoid writer's block.  The key for Dahl seemed to be leaving the work halfway through a sentence so that when he returned, he would start the session by finishing a thought rather than creating a new one.  This let him settle into the rhythm of his work.
Put in practice while working, it can apply far beyond just writers. When facing a long term project with multiple milestones, Dahl's "never return to a blank page" mentality remedies hiccups in focus. By keeping yourself motivated to return to a milestone or project you feel comfortable with, you may find it easier to keep making progress.
The net neutrality article is more involved with what to do with your work once it is completed.
If Net Neutrality is clobbered the way the telcos hope it will be, the next Web or YouTube won't come from disruptive inventors in a garage; it will come from the corporate labs at one of the five big media consortia or one of a handful of phone and cable companies. It will be sold as a ''premium'' service, and it won't upset anyone's multi-million-dollar status quo.