second storyI was asked (read: ordered!) that the next time I teach at the Indiana Writer’s Center that I give folks sufficient advance warning.  So, here you go:


Introduction to Speculative Fiction + World Building Combo

Take both classes and Save!

Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $100 Nonmembers, $70 members, $60 student/teacher/senior members

Speculative Fiction
Here’s the thing:  you know speculative fiction when you see it, even if you’re unfamiliar with all of the insider jargon used to describe its many subgenres. The big three are Horror, Fantasy (high, urban, historical), and Science Fiction (hard, cyberpunk, steampunk). So if the 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, speculative fiction is the genre of possibility. This class will clarify what speculative fiction is and explore explore the marketplace, discussing where and how to submit your work.

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.

You can take the classes together or separately (Intro or World Building).


For anyone heading to Context this year, I’ll be leading my Building Your Brand Workshop:

Maurice Broaddus: Building Your Brand

(Friday, September 26th, 3pm-5pm)

You’re not just selling books — you’re selling your writing persona and your platform. Learn how to share your platform by gaining online followers without selling your soul to the devil. Maurice Broaddus gives real data on what has helped him gain readers.  $20, 2 hours.