Discovering New Worlds Through Writing
by Oliver Langmead and Ruth EJ Booth
Join fantasy author Oliver Langmead and award-winning fantasy author Ruth EJ Booth for a creative writing workshop designed to help you discover a new world through your very own portal quest adventure. This is an especially adapted version of the Discovering New Worlds Through Writing workshop series, designed for fantasy writers looking for an opportunity to sit down and get started on a new adventure in a friendly and encouraging environment.
Important: This workshop has a cap of 20 people. Attendees will state whether they want to participate on Thursday morning on a first-come, first-served basis.
Oliver Langmead has an LLB in Law, an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study, and an MLitt in Fantasy, and is a first-year doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. His first book, Dark Star, was featured in the Guardian’s Best Books of 2015, and his second book, Metronome, was published in 2017.
Ruth EJ Booth is a BSFA award-winning author and poet. A member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle, she is a columnist for Shoreline of Infinity and edits From Glasgow to Saturn. She is a former James White and British Fantasy Awards juror, and current student on the University of Glasgow’s MLitt in Fantasy.
Writing for Escape
by Elaine Gallagher
We will look at weird fiction like China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station and Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, discuss the fun the authors had in writing them, and try it out for ourselves. Then we will look at the escape that marginalised people find in reading fiction that represents and empowers them, discuss Amanda Downum’s The Bone Palace, and use the ideas from the first exercise to build an inclusive world.
Important: This workshop has a cap of 10 people. Attendees will state whether they want to participate on Thursday morning on a first-come, first-served basis.
Elaine Gallagher is studying the MLitt in Creative Writing part-time at the University of Glasgow. She is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle and has written reviews and editorials for Interzone magazine. She co-edited the GSFWC anthology Thirty Years of Rain and her short film High Heels Aren’t Compulsory won Best Scottish Short at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2015 and was shortlisted for the Iris Prize.
Writing Our Fears
by Angie Spoto
This workshop will focus on how writing our fears can be a political act. We’ll spark a discussion on how some authors have addressed their fears—as well as major social or political issues—directly in their speculative writing, including Octavia Butler in Bloodchild and Leonora Carrington in The Debutante. We’ll spend time looking closely at excerpts of these works and then write our own stories or poetry.
Important: This workshop has a cap of 15 people. Attendees will state whether they want to participate on Thursday morning on a first-come, first-served basis.
Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet. Her most recent endeavours include a lyrical essay about her Italian family, a collection of horror surrealist fairy tales, and a fantasy novel about grief. She is working toward a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and volunteers with the Glasgow-based social enterprise Uncovered Artistry, which supports the creativity of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. She is artist-in-residence at HIV Scotland. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Crooked Holster, From Glasgow to Saturn, and Toad Suck Review.