Just back from ConCarolinas, where we had a fantastic time with all of you! Had to share before we all spend a week gabbing about CC.
Our own Lucienne Diver is teaching a webinar at Writer’s Digest. It may not be too late to get in!
This Week’s Featured Live Webinar:
Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal
Session Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Starting Time: 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes
About the Webinar:
This webinar, taught by a literary agent who also writes paranormal, will discuss building rich and resonant worlds and cultures using an anthropological systems approach; developing protagonists and antagonists; and unique magic systems, complete with rules and restrictions. We’ll also go over plot building, both in terms of stand-alone novels and series development.
The discussion will also cover idea generation and how to take the rocky road to originality rather than the easy path to ideas that have gone before and what makes a concept or creation truly unique.
Following the event, all registrants are invited to submit their story pitch to instructor Lucienne Diver for a critique. Pitches should be 50-200 words, like pitches found in query letters. Lucienne may ask to see pages from any pitches she enjoys.
What you’ll learn:
Building worlds that are unique and believable, whether they be in far off space or other earths or our own world at a slant
Creating viewpoint characters who are as real as you and I. Intriguing main characters are one of the key elements that will get an agent or editor to keep reading and ask for more pages
Developing magic systems with inherent logic and consistency
Working with internal and external conflict to drive the story
How to professionally present your ideas when your writing is ready for submission to agents and editors
Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008 after spending 15 years at New York’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. Over the course of her 18-year career, she has sold more than over 700 titles to major publishers, and has built a client list of over forty authors, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, and young adult fiction. In addition, she’s an author in her own right with the Vamped series of young adult books for Flux and the new Latter-Day Olympians series of urban fantasy books, beginning with Bad Blood , from Samhain Publishing. She also writes the Agent Anonymous articles for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.