Workshops

Fairy Tale Retellings

by Laura Becherer

Learn how to take a tale as old as time and fashion it into something new. We will focus on how to subvert narratives and draw out simple stories with new details and a new spin. Everyone will have a chance to create their own new version of a classic tale.

Important note: There is a cap of 12 people in this workshop. Attendees will state whether they want to participate when they receive their badges on Wednesday morning.

World-building: Creating a New World Without Exposition

by Laura Becherer

World-building: Creating a New World Without Exposition. Discover how to create your own Middle-Earth or Diagon Alley in a short space of writing.

We will look at a few examples of effective world-building and attempt our own creations.

Important note: There is a cap of 12 people in this workshop. Attendees will state whether they want to participate when they receive their badges on Wednesday morning.

New Styles, Old Faces: Breathing Life into Worlds and Characters

by Phil Harris

Over the course of this workshop, Phil will explain the process of building an imaginary yet functional world and the ways to make it feel vibrant through the development of the characters and heroes who inhabit its landscape.

The workshop will include group activities, allowing the participants to develop their own, unique world and story together. It will mainly touch upon the following subjects:

  • Building a functional imaginary world: Best practices and common pitfalls
  • Your world coming to life: Breathing life where none existed before
  • Make audience experiences memorable: The importance of characters
  • Heroes: Who are they? What defines them? How they move and shake your world?
  • Friends and enemies: The world as an amalgam of antithetical views

Fantastic Beasts and How to Write Them

By Cameo Marlatt

From Tolkien’s Ents to Rowling’s house-elves, fantasy literature is populated with fascinating nonhuman creatures. In this workshop, we will discuss examples of such creatures in works of fantasy literature, explore how they function within their magical worlds, and most importantly learn how to create our own unique creatures and characters.

The workshop will include group activities and individual writing exercises, during which participants will have the opportunity to invent and write about their own ‘fantastic beast.’