While some of the other Ladies are NaNo-ing, I’ll be spending a chunk of November in writing craft workshops, and I’m kicking off the fun this weekend by attending the Gollancz Festival—a celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy hosted by the publisher and supported by a galaxy of their authors.
I’m writing this post early, because I plan to spend Saturday in London at the Gollancz Writers’ Day—a day of workshops and talks focused on the mechanics and skills needed by the modern writer.
According to the blurb, my day will include the following:
- Insight into the Life of an Agent from a top literary agent;
- Creative Writing Masterclass by Joe Hill and Joanne Harris;
- Panel debate on Planning vs Pantsing with Alastair Reynolds, Pat Cadigan, Aliette de Bodard and Adam Roberts;
- Insight into the Publishing Process by the Gollancz staff;
- Creative Writing Masterclass by Justina Robson and Tricia Sullivan;
- Panel Debate on How to Create Compelling and Realistic Characters with Ben Aaronovitch, Suzanne McLeod, Mark Barrowcliffe and Tom Lloyd;
- Morning and Afternoon Speed Writing Advice/Q&A sessions where attendees will break into small groups of 3-5 and have the opportunity to sit round a table and discuss any aspects of their novel, the writing process, or ‘how to get published’ with some of their favourite authors.
When we’ve absorbed all of the foregoing, the plan is to buy a book or two and then go to dinner and talk over everything we’ve learned.
If you’d like to join in the fun, there are updates and live streams @Gollancz all weekend on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
This will be the first non-romance writing conference I’ve been to for a few years. I’m expecting the tone to be different. I’m busy writing a list of questions. I hope to glean some new ideas and return inspired.
If I get the chance, I’ll report back in the comments.
So…that’s my weekend in a nutshell. What have you been up to?