xxLocus Bay Area Writers Workshop: Nancy Kress, March 2018

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Held in the East Bay (near the San Leandro BART)
at Locus Magazine HQ – $150

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy


Is your story dramatic? Not melodramatic, but constructed and written to best capture readers’ (and editors’!) interest. Often, the critical difference between salable fiction and the almost-but-not-quite-there manuscript is dramatization—and dramatization, for the fiction writer no less than for the playwright, means constructing successful scenes. This workshop will use a combination of lecture, hand-outs, and brief writing sessions to cover scene construction, effective description within a scene, use of dialogue, different types of scenes, scene order, and that eternal problem, exposition. Learn how to give your story page-turning appeal.

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-four books, including twenty-seven novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos , a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Probability Space).

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

Her most recent novels are the first two books in a trilogy: Tomorrow’s Kin (Tor, 2017) and If Tomorrow Comes (due from Tor on March 6, 2018). The series features a pandemic, aliens who are not what they seem, genetic engineering, and a desperate race to avoid global war. In 2015, Subterranean Press released a 200,000-word volume of The Best of Nancy Kress with a gorgeous Tom Canty cover.

Nancy is also the author of over a hundred short stories. Her work has been translated into Swedish, Danish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Chinese, Lithuanian, Romanian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, Hungarian, and Klingon, none of which she can read.

In addition to writing, Nancy often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig. In January, 2017, she taught a week-long writing workshop in Beijing. Every summer, she teaches a two-week intensive SF-writing course, Taos Toolbox, with Walter Jon Williams in the mountains of New Mexico. Nancy lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

Locus Writers Workshops

Locus Magazine has been co-running a writing workshop in Seattle around the Locus Awards Weekend for the past few years and is excited to bring the class to the Bay Area. Past instructors include Charlie Jane Anders, Gail Carriger, Christopher Barzak, Carrie Vaughn, Daryl Gregory, Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Park, and Connie Willis.

Thinking of attending? Please do. We support diversity! We encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, size, nationality, religion, culture, education level, and self-identification.

Exact workshop location and other details will be emailed after registration. Additional questions? Please e-mail Locus.