Writing Fantastika 2: Building worlds with Kevan Manwaring
1 day course
Day and time: Thursday 11 – 5pm
Dates: 25th January 2020
Venue: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Cost: £75, £70 conc.
Characters do not exist in a limbo (or, if they do, it must be an interesting one…). Setting provides not only the backdrop for your stories, but an important presence, even a protagonist. Settings can have sentience; agency; agenda. Your stories will depend upon the ecosystem of a convincingly built world, and in this session we will turn your outline into a fully-fledged realm.
These 3 linked day-schools from prize-winning author Kevan Manwaring explore what John Clute called ‘Fantastika’ (his umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, weird fiction). From character creation and world-building to plotting and structuring, you will be guided through the key principles. Each session will comprise short writing activities, the giving and receiving of feedback, author clips and classic examples, plus a chance to discuss your ideas and share work-in-progress. No experience necessary. All you need is pen, paper and imagination!
This course forms part one of a linked three – day unit. The units can be taken individually or booked together for a discount at £200 for all three courses to build on skills and knowledge.
Please note – to apply this discount, add each of the three courses to your basket and then add the following voucher code:
WFFP for the full price discount.
WFCP to discount concessionary courses.
About the Tutor:
Kevin Manwaring is an author and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He has been running writing workshops since 1999 in diverse community settings, and in Higher Education since 2004. His books include The Windsmith Elegy vols 1-5, Desiring Dragons, Lost Islands, Oxfordshire Folk Tales, The Bardic Handbook and others. Kevin also writes regular features for Cotswold Life and Derbyshire Life. His science fiction novel, Black Box, won a national science fiction novel competition and is being published by Unbound.