Fantasy and science fiction stories let your characters inhabit and explore worlds that exist only in your imagination. Yet, creating realistic and cohesive settings can be challenging, because you are dealing with imaginary and potentially transformative environments. In mainstream fiction, you can rely on the familiarity your readers may have with various cities, regions, and cultures, including descriptions from history and shared memes. It’s different for speculative fiction stories. You need to build your settings and everything else from the ground up. In many ways, your settings come to life in the same manner as do your characters.
During our June 2 meeting, our panelists will help you explore how to create speculative fiction settings that move your stories towards exciting conclusions, and leave lasting impressions with your readers – maybe even more lasting than those found in our everyday world.
Panel: Kurt Schweitzer, Eric Scoles, Lynn Spitz, and Ted Wenskus
Moderator: Alan Michaels
Location: Barnes & Noble, Pittsford
Meeting Time: June 2, 2015 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.