Locus Bay Area Writers Workshop: Writing Master Class with Ellen Klages, March 2020

March 28, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Locus Magazine HQ Preservation Park
Downtown Oakland (near the 12th St BART)

“Whenever I start to read a new story by the incomparable Ellen Klages, I feel as if I’m on the edge of my seat in the front row of the theater: keen-eyed and determined, this time, to pay close attention to the entire performance and figure out how she does it. I never do figure it out―her hands are too quick, too deft, and she seems to be everywhere at once. But that’s OK, the magic happens anyway, and bits of it still glitter on my shoulders as I re-enter my life, dazed and exhilarated, wiser and richer for the experience.”
―Andy Duncan



Writing fiction set in a time and place that no longer exists is the closest we can get to time travel. With writing exercises, handouts, and lively discussion, we’ll learn about worldbuilding, historical research, making characters come alive in ages-appropriate ways, and how to get your facts straight without overwhelming the story.

Ellen Klages is the author of three acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award and the New Mexico Book Award; White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards; and Out of Left Fieldwhich won the 2019 Children’s History Book Prize and the 2019 Ohioana Book Award. Her novella, Passing Strange, set in 1940, won the World Fantasy and British Fantasy awards in 2018. Her short fiction has been translated into a dozen languages and been nominated for or won multiple Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Mythopoeic, and World Fantasy awards. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

“Poignant and relatable tales that push the barriers of the fantastical realism and beyond.”
―Library Journal

“Every time you think you know where an Ellen Klages story is going, she pulls another fast one.”
―Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

“A shimmering cornucopia of language, emotion, and surprises rich with meaning. No one gives us the terrible innocence and longings of childhood better than Ellen Klages. These stories are fabulous, in every sense of that multi-faceted word.”
―Nancy Kress, author of After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

This master class includes:

  • Writing Exercises
  • Handouts
  • Discussion
Locus Writers Workshops

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, Andy Duncan, Daryl Gregory, Stephen Graham Jones, Nancy Kress, Yoon Ha Lee, Annalee Newitz, 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.

Additional questions? Please email Locus.