I’m so delighted to finally be able to announce this.
You might know that I adore the Sirens Conference, which focuses on women in fantasy and works hard for inclusivity, and I do my best to attend each year. Well, this time, Sirens is doing something new; it’s offering a couple extra days in a package called Sirens Studio–and I’ll be part of the faculty.
What is Sirens Studio?
A pre-conference option for readers, writers, scholars, and professionals
You’ve been asking for years, and now, for the first time ever, Sirens attendees can extend their time at the conference! Sirens Studio, our pre-conference option open to all attendees, will start Tuesday morning, and feature two days of workshop intensives, discussion, and networking opportunities, and flexible time for you to use however you wish. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, a scholar, or a professional, we hope you’ll consider joining us for our inaugural Sirens Studio.
And here’s my part:
Writing Workshop: Characterization and Worldbuilding
Yoon Ha Lee and Shveta Thakrar
Yoon and Shveta will co-present a workshop intensive on the art of the speculative short story. Using three example pieces distributed to participants prior to the workshop, Yoon and Shveta will examine two storytelling fundamentals—worldbuilding and character—and discuss how they work together to construct a narrative. They will then walk the class through exercises designed to help participants begin crafting their own worlds and characters, so that each participant leaves with a foundation for a story.
I am so excited, and I hope you’ll join us in October!