Archive for June, 2016

First off, I’ll be attending  4th Street Fantasy (Minneapolis, MN) from June 17 – 19.  I’ll be on these panels:

“Empire and Corporation” (Friday 8 PM)

Do corporations fill the same role(s) in our lives and in our stories that empires once did? Another suggested possibility for this panel: “Empires, Corporations, and Religions: Our Favorite Atagonism Machines!” How has representation of the corporation in SF/F changed over the years, and how has the public relationship to the concept of the corporation changed in the same time? Where do corporation and empire now sit in the pantheon of background influences and themes in SF/F?

“Writing to Strength, Writing to Weakness” (Saturday 5 PM)

How does one find the right blend? How does one find a blend at all? If we assume, as past 4th Street panels have asserted, that every writer is dealt a certain number of “cards,” artistic strengths that they develop sooner or more powerfully than others, do we want to build our play narrowly around those cards or keep fishing for new ones? What’s the difference between experimental self-improvement and frittering away one’s more obvious gifts? What’s the difference between laudable boundary-pushing and unsuccessful pretense? Who gets to decide what a writer is “meant” for, anyway?

 

Next up will be a couple of workshops I’ll be leading through the Indiana Writers Center:

 

World Building

Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

Whether your story takes place in a far off land or an alternate version of an existing one; whether it is extrapolating science into futuristic technologies with its impact on society or conjuring new forms of magic, making your world believable is key. In this course you will learn about one of the special concerns of speculative fiction: world-building. Setting is an important part of any story. More particular to the speculative fiction writer is the world-building aspect of setting. Our job is to out-imagine our readers. The writer needs to make sure that their world operates within a consistent system. We will develop a basic checklist of items to think through as you build the universe for your characters to play in. This is all with a view toward submission and publication, so we will explore the marketplace, discussing where and how to submit your work.
Register online or download and print a registration form.

Click here for the Faculty Bio for Maurice Broaddus

View the IWC class registration policy

 

Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 9:30-12:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

Characters are at the heart of stories and dialogue helps define characters and drive story.  In this workshop you’ll learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and define their voice through dialogue. The workshop will present essential tips to improve dialogue and explore how to write dialogue that rings true, deepens character, creates tension, and more.

Register online or download and print a registration form.

Click here for the Faculty Bio for Maurice Broaddus

View the IWC class registration policy

Yeah, you may want to check out this announcement over on Tor.com …

Introducing Buffalo Soldier — a New Fantasy Novella from Maurice Broaddus

 

(coming in Spring 2017!)