Science Fiction & Fantasy – Pippa Goldschmidt & Juliet McKenna, Guest: Ken MacLeod

Science Fiction & Fantasy - Pippa Goldschmidt & Juliet McKenna, Guest: Ken MacLeod

Date(s) - Mon 5th Dec - Sat 10th Dec, 2016
5:00pm - 10:00am

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Science fiction & fantasy writing relies on imaginative evocations of new worlds. Where does inspiration for such people and places come from? This course will teach you how to use specific and accidental observations of real-life objects, individuals and their histories in your writing; strengthening your characters, settings and plots. Sharing that story with readers means conveying all of those through vivid, compelling prose. During this week we’ll be examining the art and craft of line-editing, so that you’ll learn how to make every word count.

Pippa Goldschmidt writes fiction inspired by science. She’s the author of The Falling Sky, and a collected of stories, The Need for Better Regulation in Outer Space. She used to be an astronomer and in 2015 was writer-in-residence at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany.

Juliet McKenna is a fantasy author. Her debut, The Thief’s Gamble, appeared in 1999, followed by fourteen further novels. She also writes short fiction, reviews for web and magazines, and teaches creative writing.

Ken MacLeod is the author of fourteen SF novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to Descent (2014), and many short stories. From 2013-14 he was writer-in-residence on the MA Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University.


Spaces available in female only twin remaining. Contact us if you want added to the waiting list.

On this course, tutors will read a sample of your work ahead of time to get a feel for your work. Details of how and when to submit this will be sent to you in the course notes upon booking.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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