Locus Bay Area Writers Workshop: Writing Science Fiction Master Class with Gail Carriger, December 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Held in Preservation Park in downtown Oakland (near the 12th St BART)
at Locus Magazine HQ – $150




The Heroine’s Journey: Hacking Ancient Story Structure for the Modern Market

Join us for a one-day intensive writing master class with author Gail Carriger. We’ve all heard about the Hero’s Journey, but how often do we hear about the Heroine’s Journey? It’s not about the gender of the protagonist, but about the tropes and archetypes forming the foundation of your story. Take control of your craft by delving behind the scenes for hidden messages, and learn hacks and tips to improve your work to make it more commercially viable along the way. Gain insight into both ancient conventions of storytelling and modern publishing markets, with the well-known master of marketing (and custard), New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger.

Students are encouraged to bring along questions as the workshop will be completely interactive.

Gail is an experienced lecturer and not afraid to make a fool of herself. A Q&A session about Gail’s writing, career, the publishing industry, or anything else that strikes your fancy will follow.

Gail Carriger writes urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She has been published in dozens of different languages, has been on the USA Today and Locus lists multiple times, and the New York Times list thirteen times (on seven different lists: Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, and Manga at #1).

Gail has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award and Compton Crook Award, and received the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award in YA, the Prix Julia Verlanger and Elbakin Award from French readers, and a Starburner Award in Literature for her “contributions to the steampunk community.” She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

Locus Master Classes

Locus Magazine is excited to bring master classes with award-winning authors to the Bay Area. These classes began with the writing workshops in Seattle around the Locus Awards Weekend for the past few years. Past instructors include Charlie Jane Anders, Christopher Barzak, Gail Carriger, Daryl Gregory, Stephen Graham Jones, Nancy Kress, Yoon Ha Lee, Paul Park, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carrie Vaughn, 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 email Locus.