Attendees are invited to participate in a discussion and writing workshop that focuses on creating believable and memorable alien characters, which are the central element of your speculative fiction story. Yes, you're creating beings that don't exist likely anywhere in the real universe, but your alien characters need to seem real enough to your readers so that a connection is made. As in your life, the people you meet are defined by their dialogue, actions and interactions, physical attributes, and psychological and personality traits. In your story, your alien characters become believable when you give them a backstory, get them interact with other characters, share their internal thoughts and aspirations, and integrate them with their environments. A few character-building exercises may be just what's needed to help you tell and sell your story.
Moderator: Alan Vincent Michaels
Location: Barnes & Noble, Pittsford
Meeting Time: March 7, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.